The Expectation of Journal Editors

 

The editor may send the paper out for review or may reject it without review. Some scientific journals send out for review less than half of the papers submitted. Journal editors must make a swift decision on a paper’s suitability. It is important to understand what journal editors look for when deciding to send a submission to an academic journal.

What do Journal Editors do?

  • Analyze all manuscripts submitted to their journal.
  • Choose those they believe are appropriate for the journal has enough impact.
  • Send them out for peer review, and take peer reviewer’s recommendations into account when making a final decision on what gets written.
  • Look at the manuscript, the cover letter, abstract, conclusion, and references in deciding to send your manuscript out for review. Pay close attention to these components and understand why they are important will improve the chances of publishing.
  • Weigh the novelty and relevance of a paper against the readership’s perceptions and the journal’s effect.

What Checklists do the  Journal Editors have?

Most important factors that Journal editors consider. Journal editors want to publish high-quality research that their readers would find interesting. It will be readily accepted if it has the following things:

Originality

The need for something unique, something that looks at things differently and asks questions that haven’t been asked before, came up repeatedly in the interviews.

Consistency in research

  • The methods used should be sufficient
  • The conclusions drawn are justified and valid
  • The study should be systematic, well-planned, and well-executed.
  • All works cited should be correctly and carefully referenced.
  • The analysis should be focused on a theoretical context with a discussion of relevant literature.

 

Practice-based relevance

Some papers include a detailed explanation of a specific situation as a case study. Some publications enable practitioners to apply studies, perhaps in collaboration with an educator, to provide complementary perspectives.

Form and argument clarity

There is a certain form of academic writing that isn’t known for its clarity, but many editors value clarity and readability. Clarity and readability are divided into two categories: the language and  the paper’s structure

What are the questions asked by the Journal Editors?

  • Does the Manuscript fall within the scope of the journal?
  • If the Case Report has Ethics Approval?
  • Whether the Study is noble whether its methodology is better than the existing literature?
  • Is the paper carefully prepared and formatted?
  • Is the paper unique and represents cutting-edge research in the area?
  • If the paper Contributes to a thriving science sector?
  • Is the paper meticulously prepared and formatted and contains all of the required sections?
  • If the paper Uses vocabulary that is descriptive and succinct?
  • If the paper Maintains high ethical standards of the Research Process?
  • Does your cover letter provide a persuasive explanation of why the journal should publish your paper?
  • Whether the language used is clear for the readers?

 

Conclusion

The above author guidelines are a piece of general advice but the subject matter and general philosophy of the journal are important.

AUTHORSHIP GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

All reputed peer-reviewed scientific journals have very well-established systematic structures in place which any author submitting a scientific research paper for publication is expected to abide by. These instructions are shared by the journals in the form of authorship guidelines.

A journal’s instructions for preparing the scientific research paper for submission may seem straightforward in the beginning, yet these instructions can be tricky to follow with precision and consistency. While each journal has its own set of rules and regulations, there are some common features that are mirrored across each.

Authorship: One of the most critical components of manuscript submission is establishing the authorship of the scientific research paper. A solo endeavor by a researcher is a simple case with sole authorship. However, in most practical cases today, scientific research projects and papers often require contributions from many individuals and this makes the assignment of authorship difficult. For instance, you may be working as a researcher in a lab, but working under the supervision or instructions of a lead researcher/project in charge. In such a case, there are risks of conflict of ownership of authorship over any scientific research paper emerging of this project.

Every journal requires one principal point of contact as the author of the manuscript. The journal communicates with this central author for all communications and the onus of the veracity of the content lies with this author. Every journal has author guidelines on how to set the principle authorship and you must follow it stringently.

Copyright: related to the issue of authorship is the issue of copyright over the article. A scientific journal will only accept to publish a manuscript if it is guaranteed copyright over the article it publishes. This, in turn, means you must guarantee that (a) the article is not submitted for publication to any other journal, or the similar findings by the same set of researchers in not replicated in any other publication; (b) the co-authors have agreed not only to have you as a principal author but also entitled you to permit copyrights to the journal; (c) your institution/academy has no issues with copyright over publications of research activities conducted there.

It is advisable to follow the author guidelines very carefully in the process of making the submission to avoid copyright problems later on.

The rigor of study: For reputed journals to accept your publication, you have to establish the rigor of your study. Empirical research designs need to state the extent to which the studies are representative of a particular population, with supplementary materials including data quality control, alternative models, explicit formulas used in statistical analyses, and modeling.

Today there exist several professional services who specialize in scientific journal publication as they are well versed with the particular requirements of each such journal. They can help a young author navigate the complicated route to a successful publication and it is advisable to resort to such services for a hassle-free experience.