Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2013 and has been refreshed.
Is getting published in a journal one your new year resolutions? Publishing in journals is vital for researchers, but the path to publication can be arduous if you do not plan well. To help you attain your goals in 2018, this article will:
- Provide a step-by-step process to help you create your own publication schedule that will help you stay at the top of your publication game
- Make you aware of the possible outcomes after you submit your manuscript to a journal
- Include a downloadable template at the end that will make it easy for you to plan your tasks and track your progress
The time taken from submission of a manuscript to acceptance for publication in a journal can vary considerably, ranging from a few months to 3-4 years. Why so long? Because manuscripts typically get rejected rather than accepted by the first journal they are submitted to. Indeed, it is not uncommon for a paper to be rejected up to 3 or 4 times before it is finally accepted by a journal.