Making the Cut
When and editor or other reviewer initially reviews a submission, she checks to see if the manuscript meets basic publication requirements. These include:
- Overall impression of substance and style
Additional considerations may be:
- Author credentials
- Originality of thought
- Counter-intuitive outcomes
- New knowledge to add to the field
- Validity of research design
If the manuscript does not meet the initial criteria, it will be summarily returned. The journal editors will ask you to revise and resubmit according to basic guidelines or will simply state that the manuscript is unsuitable for further consideration.
If, on the other hand, you’ve done your homework regarding the types of papers considered and published by your target journals (which you identified in Module 2: Laying the Groundwork), then you have your best shot at making it through the initial screening and moving on to the heart of the process: peer review.