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How can I select a suitable journal for submitting my manuscript?

I have finished writing my paper and need to select a suitable target journal to submit my paper to. Can you give me some tips on journal selection?

You should be very careful when selecting a target journal for your paper as the fate of your paper depends to a large extent on this. Here are a few tips on selecting a suitable journal:

  • Talk to your senior colleagues and professors. Find out which journals are popular in the field and the ones they regularly follow.
  • Determine whether the subject matter of your article matches the scope of the target journal. 
  • Check the kind of readership that the journal has. For East Asian authors, it is always better to submit to a journal that has a global audience, rather than one which has readers based only in the US.
  • Consider the accessibility of the journal. Is the journal indexed in international databases? Publishing in an indexed journal will definitely improve the visibility of your paper.
  • Once you shortlist a few target journals, go through their author guidelines to see whether they have any restrictions in terms of specific study designs or study techniques; for instance, some journals may publish only clinical studies, some may publish studies based only on human subjects, etc. 
  • Finally, you can send a pre-submission inquiry to your target journal giving a brief description of your study and asking if the journal would be interested in it.

For expert advice on selecting a target journal, you can view this video tutorial for a step-by-step guide on selecting a target journal

 

To submit a paper, you will first need to select a suitable journal in your field. Once you have selected a journal, go through the journal website to see whether the journal has an online submission system or prefers email submission. Most journals these days have an online submission system. You will have to create an account and follow the instructions to complete the submission. If the journal prefers submission over email, you should write to the Editor-in-chief of the journal. Your email should be the cover letter and the manuscript should be sent as an attachment.

To submit your paper, you will first need to identify a suitable journal. The following article will help you: https://www.editage.com/insights/see-how-easily-you-can-select-a-target-... Once you have selected a journal, go through the journal website to check their preferred more of submission. Most journals these days have an online submission system. You have to create an account and follow the instructions to complete your submission. If however, your journal prefers email submission, you will have to send an email to the Editor-in-chief. The body of your email should be the cover letter and the manuscript should be set as an attachment.
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