How to publish your paper in a journal

As academicians, we strive for high-quality research that will advance science. As we write up our findings, we aim to present our hypothetical approach and applied consequences via our paper. Then we submit our paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Yes, this is the toughest part of the research. The job of writing a scientific research paper is quite competitive; there could be several reasons behind a rejection. Hence it’s important to understand the vital element of publication before journal submission.

The output of such efforts can be maximized by adhering to the following guidelines:

1. Have a specific target journal in mind

When you start writing about your study, it is wise to keep a specific target journal in mind. Search for journals that you think will be suitable for publishing your paper.  After identifying a journal, you must organize your paper as per the journal guidelines to decrease the chances of rejection.

2. Start your paper early in your research phase

You need to start writing from the early stages of your research or doctoral study. A proactive outlook will decrease the chance of rejection. Re-reading is needed in the research arena because it helps identify the most common flaws in the manuscript, which might otherwise be overlooked. It is also advisable to share your manuscripts with colleagues or other researchers to request their feedback, thus avoiding many errors.

3. Organize your paper as per the journal guidelines

After getting feedback from you your co-workers, revise your paper according to the aim and scope of the journals in your target research area. That will improve the chances of acceptance.

4. Develop an impressive title and abstract

The title and abstract are extremely important parts of a manuscript. Basically, the title should encapsulate the theme of the paper. The abstract should be a summary of the article within a specific word count.

5. Take the services of a professional editing firm

It is advisable to have a professional editing firm copy-edit your manuscript. An article submitted to a peer-reviewed journal will be analyzed critically by the editorial board, especially the references, main text, tables, and figures before it is selected for peer review. Running the manuscript through available software might help, but that can never replace the efforts of an expert and experienced editor in your chosen research field.

6. Include a cover letter along with the manuscript

A cover letter outlines the theme of the paper, presents the innovative aspect of the paper, and communicates the significance of the manuscript to the target journal. Therefore, it is mandatory to submit a cover letter along with the manuscript for publication.

7. Report reviewer comments carefully

Editors and editors-in-chief often ask researchers to “revise or resubmit” based on the comments provided by the reviewers. These revisions may necessitate major or minor changes in the manuscript. Therefore, it is important to address the comments received from the reviewers and avoid critical omissions. It is also crucial that you meet the given deadline for submitting the revised paper.

Given the ever-growing number of manuscripts submitted for publication, the procedure of presenting a manuscript in the best possible form and to have it accepted by a journal can be a formidable task because high-impact journals accept less than 10 percent of the articles submitted.

Therefore, the guidelines mentioned here could go a long way toward having your paper accepted and published by an esteemed journal. These recommendations require proper planning and careful implementation. Following the instructions could help researchers and other scholars improve the chances of getting their work published, and that is the key to having a productive and gratifying academic career.

East African Community launches provincial journal

The East African Science and Technology Commission or EASTECO has launched a local journal to promote research in science, technology and innovation. This is a step forward to improve sharing knowledge among the scientific community. The most interesting thing is that this is the first journal of its kind in the region. It is funded by six EAC states. EASTECO’s executive sectary, Gertrude Ngabirano said they aim new information which can be used to address issues disturbing the region. It will also help come up with evidence-based policies.

Reference Link: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1497716/eac-launch-regional-science-journal-promote-research-innovation

Cambridge University Press accepts Open Access agreement

Cambridge University Press has reached a major Open Access contract with higher education and research institutions in Sweden. The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal has agreed with Bibsam – an association of 85 higher education and research institutions, led by the National Library of Sweden. It indicates that the authors from institutions affiliated to Bibsam can publish their publicly-financed research articles in the Press’s hybrid and fully Open Access journals. It also gives Bibsam members full access to the Press’ full collection of nearly 400 journals from 1 January 2019.

Reference:http://www.stm-publishing.com/cambridge-university-press-signs-major-open-access-deal-in-sweden/

How does one figure out which journals to submit a paper to?

There are several parameters to consider while deciding the journal where you wish to send your paper for publications. The parameter include alignment of the subject of your work to the aims and scope of the journal, the word count, impact factor, readership, indexing, and publishing fees. One might also opt for journal selection services provided by the publication support agencies.

De Gruyter and Gorgias Press go into partnership

Gorgias Press and De Gruyter have come together to form a editorial and commercial agreement for Gorgias Press titles. This agreement will entitle eBook versions of all Gorgias Press titles to be available on degruyter.com. The contract includes the Gorgias Press output of 75 titles per year and a backlist of more than 3,000 titles, all well-known in their fields for their excellent level of quality.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-gorgias-press-enter-partnership/

Predatory journal has firm grip on universities in Ottawa and Canada

Scientists from the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital and other renowned institutions across Canada have been publishing their findings in fake science journals, spoiling the work despite years of warnings. One veteran science publisher warns all the work that produced these studies “is just thrown away.” Until recently, the scope of the problem of “predatory” journals has been hard to measure. Now, a known name in the fake publishing field, OMICS International of India, has enhanced the search engine for 700 journals. As a result, we found hundreds of Canadian scientists publishing recently with the Indian firm — the same company that has accepted the newspaper’s analysis of how pigs fly.

Reference Lin: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180113063351529

More than half of UK-authored research articles are made accessible

According to the report commissioned by Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group the share of UK research which is freely available is increasing at a considerable rate. 37% of UK outputs are available via open access to public view either through Gold or Green OA within 12 months. The trend of UK-authored articles published open access went up from 12% in 2012 to 30% in 2016, an annual growth rate of over 30% sustained throughout the period.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/37-of-uk-research-outputs-freely-available-immediately-at-the-time-of-publication-says-new-report/

De Gruyter and United Nations participate for free-available book project

De Gruyter and United Nations mutually decide to work on publication of two open access books on mathematics. The books are authored for physicists and engineers and will serve as the foundation mathematics course under the syllabus of the Regional Centres. Both books are accessible to everyone and from everywhere. The first volume includes Linear Algebra and the second volume focuses on Probability and Statistics.

Reference Link: http://www.stm-publishing.com/de-gruyter-and-united-nations-cooperate-on-open-access-book-project/