Everything you need to consider before journal submission
What are the top reasons for journal rejection?
How can you avoid these mistakes?
What should a submission package include?Everything a journal editor and reviewer need to assess
By preparing a great submission package!
JOURNAL SUBMISSION PACKAGE
e.g., cover letter, additional files, images, statements of disclosure, etc.
Here’s a detailed checklist
to help you avoid
the common reasons for
Note: Following this checklist will help authors reduce the likelihood of rejection. Journal factors such as space constraints may also affect acceptance rates.
1. Manuscript formatting
A well-formatted manuscript follows all journal instructions.
Have you adhered to the stipulated word count?
Are your references in order?
Have you followed the journal’s basic instructions?
Get these things right: File type (Word/LaTeX/PDF), font type or size, layout, spacing, page margins, numbering, heading style, etc.
Check the journal’s recommendations for specific sections such as the Title and Abstract
Make sure that:• All the in-text citations are included in the reference list• Your reference list has been formatted as per the journal’s style• In-text citations and references are complete and consistently
2. Manuscript structure
Pay attention to each section of your paper!
Title: Is attractive and indicative
Keywords: Are relevant
Abstract: Describes your entire study at a glance
Introduction: Provides sufficient background about your work
Methods: Includes details of all experiments conducted
Results and discussion: Answers the question you raised in the introduction
Conclusion: Includes your findings
Reference section: Lists every source
Appendix: Includes additional data
Acknowledgements: Includes all sources of support
Footnotes: Include necessary additional information
Tables, figures, graphs: Are complete, clear, and attractive
3. Language and flow
A well-written manuscript has greater chances of acceptance.
Pay attention to
More tips• Run a spelling and grammar check.• Request a friend/colleague to review your paper.• Approach an editing service for help with polishing your manuscript.
Logic and comprehensionSentence structure Flow
Avoid long, complicated sentences - keep it simple
Your sentences should be understandable
Use correct terminology, avoid flowery language
Your Ideas should flow smoothly
Make sure there are no grammatical mistakes
4. Tables, figures, graphs
Tables and figures will be among the first few sections checked by the journal editor and reviewer. Get them right!
Ensure that tables and figures do not repeat the information in the text.
Tables should not be too long. Include additional information in the Appendix.
Are the figures/images clear and readable?
Check table titles, figure and graph legends, and image captions.
Is the file size too small?
Are they in the correct format (file type) as requested by the journal?
5. Facts and details
Check all details, even the smaller ones
Tip: If you have a lot of data, consider using tools to help store or share your it.
6. Author information
Understand the differences between lead author and co-author
Tip: To learn more, read this article on authorship: http://www.editage.com/insights/who-qualifies-to-
Lead authorHas done most of the research and
Co-authorHas collaborated with the lead author
and contributed some parts
Authorship is an important aspect. Include all relevant author details.
Full names of all authors Designations of all authors
Full contact details of the corresponding author (email, postal address, telephone and fax numbers)
Additional statement with author contribution details, if required