Part III: Query
Progress with Profiling
After you’ve gotten a positive response to your query from at least one journal, you can do some further analysis to ensure your paper matches the journal’s publishing profile. Look at copies of several recent issues (in paper or electronic format). On your journal profile form, note the following information:3
- What topics are covered?
- How are article titles constructed?
- Is the main title descriptive or creative?
- Are subtitles normally used?
- Are keywords normally contained in the title or subtitle?
- How are abstracts constructed?
- Does the abstract start with a statement of the problem or need?
- Does the abstract include a description of the study and its methodology?
- Does the abstract provide information on the results or conclusions of the study?
- How long is the abstract?
- How are the articles themselves constructed?
- How is the article divided into sections?
- How is the argument built?
- What kind of concluding statements are given?
- How many tables, graphs, or figures are normally included in an article?
When you have a good sense of what kind of papers the journal publishes and the typical style and format used, you are ready to write your paper (or tweak it, if you have already written it), and to prepare and submit it for publication. We’ll cover those steps in detail in the coming modules.