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Submitting Your Manuscript

Submission Timeline

Ever wonder how the submission process works and how long it takes? Or why your manuscript still seems to be pending acceptance? In our flipbook, we look at the stages of a manuscript from journal selection through to acceptance over a sample time frame to show just how long each step can take.

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Top 5 Pre-Submission Tips

Ensure that you are fully prepared to submit your manuscript by following our Top 5 Pre-Submission Tips.

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Making Sense of Instructions for Authors

Journals all have guidelines on their websites, usually known as Instructions for Authors, but wading through them can be time consuming and confusing, and this makes manuscript preparation more difficult than it should be. So how do you make the most efficient use of these instructions?

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5 Key Elements of a Good Cover Letter

Cover letters are an often underrated part of the submission process. You might think that your manuscript will stand out based on the title or its contents alone, but the fact of the matter is, most journal editors just don’t have the time to thoroughly read every submitted article in full to decide if it is appropriate for their journal. They’ll get there eventually, but they use cover letters to help them filter out the most interesting and appropriate submissions first, and to help identify articles that are completely out of scope and would be better off getting a quick letter of rejection. If your manuscript doesn’t have a cover letter and the ten other articles on the editor’s desk do, it is likely that your paper will be looked at last, so you can see their importance in getting your work noticed.

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Video tutorial: how to write a cover letter

An effective cover letter successfully sells your manuscript to the journal editor. This video guides you through the process of writing a cover letter.

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Cover Letters: Journal Requirements

Make sure your cover letter meets the requirements of your target journal.

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Cover Letters: Dos and Don’ts

What to do, and what to avoid.

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Cover Letter Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure you have all the necessary information before you start writing your cover letter.

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Cover Letter Template

An effective cover letter successfully sells your manuscript to the journal editor. This sample cover letter shows

  • The correct format
  • How to structure your cover letter
  • How to Introduce your manuscript and your research
  • Required statements

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Multiple Submissions: What are they and why are they wrong?

We know the submission process is long. Although there are several things you can do to speed up the process, one thing that many authors consider, but that should never be done, is to submit your paper to more than one journal at a time. The publishing industry refers to this practice as ‘multiple submissions.’

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Recommending Reviewers

During the course of publishing a manuscript, your work will need to be assessed by several peer reviewers. This is part of the value publishers provide and is essential to maintain trust in the research that is being made public. The journal editor makes the final decision on your manuscript but he will usually base this decision off the comments and recommendations provided by the peer reviewers. It is also their responsibility to select appropriate reviewers for your manuscript; however, this can often be a difficult process due to busy schedules and holiday periods. So to help speed this up, during the submission process you will often be asked to suggest potential reviewers for your manuscript. But how do you know who to pick?

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Checklist for Acceptance

Use this checklist to ensure you have everything required for submission to your target journal.

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Clinical Research Acceptance Checklist

As a clinician, you face unique challenges when you want to publish your research. Here is a checklist of important items to keep in mind while preparing and submitting your manuscript.

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