One of the most important factors that will help to bypass the failures in publications is to identify the key points on the topic. You should have enough knowledge and materials to describe the research thoroughly. The article should be original and exciting, but you have to take into account the nuance that providing too many data can find a negative response from reviewers / editors/ readers, etc. Thus, you can wait for feedback quite a long time or risk getting a quick denial. A good way to avoid this problem is to decide for yourself, first of all, what to begin the study; what purpose it has; what results you want to achieve; what is the scientific innovation and novelty. Keep in mind, even during the writing of the manuscript of the process it is necessary to understand how it will look your article, what figures and any results it will include.
Here are a few tips to help you:
- Carefully select the edition in which are you going to submit your manuscript. It will help you not only to publish your article but do it more easily and quickly. Consider all possible journals on your subject matter; see the articles that there have already been published there before; analyze the problems discussed in the journal; check out the specialty of editors and reviewers. Pay your attention to the impact factor of the journal – define your real possibilities with its level – the higher requirements, the more difficult to get into the edition, the better you scientific work should be regarding international academic standards. All the information you find on the journal will help you determine the most suitable scientific publication for your particular study. Ask your experienced colleagues, whatever they advised journals and find out their opinion on the options that you have chosen for yourself.
- Assess the level of importance and value of your results compared to what is already known in the branch. If your results are unexpected and new indeed, it is likely that such an article get published soon. When the reviewers should submit their decision, they are usually asked to assess the importance of research on a scale of 1 to 10. They are sometimes also asked to indicate whether or not an article to be published in the edition in-one procedure, or only if there is free space in the journal. Scientific publications with the highest ratings, as practice shows, only publish innovative, exclusive articles. Therefore, if your paper does not bring revolutionary results, but just contains an excellent, relevant study with appropriate methodology, you can offer your manuscript to the journal with a lower rating, but relevant to your article.
- Make sure the grammar and language are quality. If there are a few typos, which can be easily corrected by the editor, it will not be a problem on the road to publication, provided that the article was written at the right level and contains all necessary components of the structure. But if the grammar is weak, it may interfere with the achievement of results.
This case has two scenarios:
– Your article will be returned with recommendations for revision and possible resubmission for review;
– You will get a denial immediately.
- Make sure that the survey data harmonized throughout the article. Double check everything and pay particular attention to the numbers in the tables and their compliance in the body of the manuscript. If you do not want to look sloppy with your results in the eyes of reviewers, it is necessary to check up you paper carefully.
- Have one or more colleagues to read your manuscript. Even if you have checked your article many times, it is still there, or there may be mistakes that you cannot see. Moreover, your colleagues can bring you valuable information for your paper based on personal experience and own criteria. Everyone has different opinions, and you never can predict for sure how readers will respond to the article. The only way to test the response is to watch the reaction of your friends.
- At the time of writing a scientific article, remember the importance of tables and images that you include. Available data should have a certain order, logically related, consistent and should lead the reader to the same conclusion as you. Try to anticipate the criticism that may sound from the reader. If you can feel somewhere a weak spot, try to change or add data to avoid the negative feedback. An excellent way to assess the possible criticism of the reported results is the opinion and assessment of your colleagues in the process of developing or carrying out laboratory research on this topic.
The publication of a scientific article is a hard work and often long way. When you know the intricacies of the process and able to get around sharp corners during the time of developing, writing and submitting the manuscripts, it is possible to cope with the task efficiently. Using these tips, you will achieve publications in the version of Thomson Reuters, Scopus, etc. Be successful!