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Journal Publication Process

The publication process might seem a bit complicated to researchers, particularly the early career researchers. Most research novices feel pressured to secure a journal publication fairly early in their career. Along with the desire to amass expert recognition in academia, authors also want their research to effectively add to the existing body of literature. Thus, researchers often seek to answer the pivotal question of how to publish a paper. When considering how to publish a journal article, authors need to be strategic, authentic, and fairly innovative. This section covers all aspects researchers need to consider at the pre-publication stage: planning the research paper, selecting the best journal for your manuscript, dealing with peer review, ensuring compliance to guidelines and ethics, and using editorial services to enhance the chances of acceptance of your manuscript.
Editorial decision-making: what are the possible outcomes for a manuscript?
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Once a manuscript is submitted to a journal, it goes through an initial screening process which involves a preliminary review by the journal editor. At this stage, the editor has to choose any one of the following outcomes for the paper:  
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I had submitted a paper for publication in a journal, but it got rejected. Four reviewers commented on my paper. Some of the comments are helpful and can be implemented, but others are not. One of the reviewers rejected my paper as he believed I should have used method A instead of B. Changing the method requires extra additional work that is beyond of the scope my paper. What should I do with such comments? I want to revise the paper and send it to another journal, but I am afraid that the...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 9, 2014
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I had submitted a paper to a journal, and the journal editor replied thus: “Your last sentence reads: ‘To the best of our knowledge, this is the first sighting of brown eye spot of coffee caused by C. coffeicola in China.’ However, I had previously pointed out that there is an existing record of Cercospora coffeicola in China obtained from the fungal databases website (http://nt.ars-grin.gov/fungaldatabases/index.cfm). The main reference is xxxxx. C. coffeicola is recorded on several species...
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 28, 2014
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I submitted a paper to a journal and it is very likely to be published. This paper includes a lot of experiment data and content: if I break them up, I can write 3 papers. However, I have not provided a detailed explanation and introduction in my submitted paper. I plan to take out one part of the paper and provide more details and analyze a part of the theory which is not presented in the previous paper. If I prepare this paper and submit, will this be considered a duplicate submission?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 28, 2014
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Identifying target journals for studies with overlapping subject areas: A case study
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With the global increase in specialized research disciplines and collaborative research, interdisciplinary studies or those with overlapping subject areas are becoming increasingly common. It can however, become very difficult to select an appropriate journal for such studies. This case study illustrates how selecting a journal whose scope matches your paper can be crucial in case of interdisciplinary studies, and how a wrong choice can lead to a rejection even in the case of an exceptionally...
Tips for ESL authors on using academic translation services effectively
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ESL researchers who do not have the luxury of spending time writing in English and grappling with the nuances of the language can benefit considerably from translation services. They also have the option of package services that offer both translation and editing.
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My journal has asked me to provide the names of at least three preferred reviewers. What is this system? How should I select preferred reviewers?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 14, 2014
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Is there anything that should I take care of while communicating with journal editors? Especially when there is no response post submission, how should I inquire about the status of my manuscript?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 14, 2014
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In research involving human subjects, protection of the identity of enrolled patients is of utmost importance. Figures should not disclose the identity of enrolled subjects.
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Protecting the identity of enrolled patients is of utmost importance in clinical studies. However, sometimes, if the study involves facial features, it can be difficult to conceal the identity in pictures showing the affected area. How can the identity of the patient be protected in such cases? Read on to find out.
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I submitted my paper to a journal a few months ago. The status stayed at "wait to assign editor" for 3 months. I didn't want to wait, so I sent a mail to the journal for the withdrawal of the paper. I submitted the paper to another journal on the same day. Now, the second journal has accepted my paper. However, when I logged in to the first journal's system, my submission still shows the same status. I am wondering if the editor didn't get my mail. Will this be considered as duplicate...
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 6, 2014
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