Q: If I pay the additional printing costs, would a longer paper be accepted?

Detailed Question -

I am writing a manuscript to submit to a peer-reviewed journal for the first time. I am presently finalizing the manuscript, but it has become a bit long as I added some figures and tables following some advice. According to the journal’s author guidelines, the manuscript should be within XX pages; if it exceeds that limit, the author must pay YY yen per page as additional printing costs. If I pay the printing costs, would the paper be accepted even if it is longer than expected?

1 Answer to this question

Firstly, it’s interesting that you are submitting to a peer-reviewed journal for the first time. Perhaps, before this, you have submitted at the university level or at conferences. Also, it’s interesting that you seem to be submitting to a purely print journal, though of course, it could also have an online version.

Anyway, coming to your query, it’s not clear if you need to pay the printing costs now (during submission) or later (if/when your paper is accepted). It should be later, but you should probably check the author guidelines again. If they insist on you paying now, you should probably proceed with caution, as this may be a predatory/bogus journal.

To answer your query, there is no guarantee that if you pay the printing costs (whether now or later) that your paper will be accepted. Acceptance depends on several factors, such as a match with the journal’s scope, the novelty of your research, and the quality of your paper/writing. Some of this is decided by the journal editor/s (internally), but the main parts (novelty and quality) are determined during the peer review (externally), if the editor decides to send your paper for peer review.

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As you are submitting to a peer-reviewed journal for the first time, here are a few relevant resources that you may refer to:

Hope that helps. All the best for your (first) submission!