You worked hard on presenting months and years of research as a 5000-word document. Your manuscript has also been edited and formatted as per the journal’s requirements. However, you are not yet ready to submit your manuscript as most journal article submissions require a cover letter.
Most journals provide clear instructions on what should be included in the cover letter. Hence, although there are some essential details you need to provide, you can set the tone of the cover letter and convey how your manuscript is different from the rest in your field. A compelling cover letter should convince the editor that your findings are novel and significant to your field of study and that your study is appropriate for their journal. A cover letter mentioning just the basic information—title of the paper, journal name, and contact details of the corresponding author—adds little value to submission.
Although there are several journal article editing services, they may or may not include cover letter preparation/editing. Most services would edit your cover letter if submitted for edit along with the manuscript. Under Editage’s Premium Editing Service, the editor will prepare a cover letter after editing and understanding your manuscript. If you require help with preparing a persuasive cover letter, look for journal article editing services that provide help with the entire the submission package—manuscript plus cover letter.
An effective cover letter should include the following components:
The cover letter is your chance to market your research article and capture the journal editor’s interest. It should go beyond requesting the editor to consider your research paper for publication.
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