Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Submitting a Manuscript
You’ve done your homework, you’ve done your scholarship, and you’ve written your masterpiece... if you’ve followed this tutorial’s guidelines and those provided by your target journals, you are prepared for a positive experience in the editorial and peer review process.
Still, the editorial process involves a lot of unpredictable variables, and even the best manuscript faces hurdles prior to acceptance.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Who’s got your number?
Each journal receives many, many more submissions each year than it can possibly publish: good work is often rejected.
- What’s on the calendar?
Journals publish a range of material within their academic purview; editors may reject a topic that is too similar to one in a recent article, for variety’s sake.
- In the company of peers
The peer review process is both objective and subjective. Any reviewer can have a bad day, or misread your work, or have an entrenched bias against your premise. Editors send manuscripts to multiple reviewers to reduce bias, but it’s an imperfect system.
Despite these challenges, the editorial process can be a journey of education, improvement and even fun. So let’s take the plunge>>