This document sets out handy tips on how to get published. Standards are high and getting published is not easy, but there are certain things to think about to improve your success rate at getting an article published in a Pezzottaite Journals.
Why Should You Consider Publication?
- Do you have contribution to make? Questions to ask self are: Who's going to be interested? How does it build on what we already know? How significant is your message? How sure are you of your findings?
- It is important for your career;
- Publication is integral to the academic's role.
Tips Before Submitting
- High risk submissions: conversion of a big report or monograph or doctorate thesis; straight conference paper, not focused for the journal, not formatted for the journal and it might be published elsewhere in the conference proceedings;
- Low risk submissions: papers written for the journal: fits with the genre and scope of the journal, engages with the debates, refers to previous work published in the journal and related publications.
Which Journal Should You Submit To?
- Does your research fit the journal's aims and scope?
- What type of submission is it? Empirical research, review paper, brief report, thought piece, book review?
- Does the journal publish these kinds of papers?
- Does the journal have a good reputation in the field?
- Are the Editor and Editorial Board high profile?
- Check the references to see in which journals the research you are citing mainly falls;
- Does your institution have any restrictions on where you can submit articles?
- What is the acceptance / rejection rate?
Tips Before Submitting
- Read the journal's aims & scope;
- Read the journal's articles and get familiarize with journals;
- Consult with colleagues.
What Should You Do To Prepare Your Manuscript?
What Happens Next?
Depending on the journal, your article will be considered by the Editor (s) and / or Associate Editor (s) and 2 Reviewer (s), often from the Reviewer board. There are four possible outcomes:
- Desk Reject: Your paper will not be sent out for review;
- Review again with major revisions: Depending on the level of revisions, the authors are expected to revise their manuscript in accordance with the changes recommended by the reviewers;
- Conditional accept with minor revisions: These papers generally do get accepted. The authors are asked to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript with the required minor changes suggested by the reviewers;
- Publish Unaltered: The manuscript is accepted for publication, and the authors are notified of this decision.
Handling Revisions & Rejections
How To Handle 'Revisions'?
- Cover issues point by point. Don't rush!
- Demonstrate what you have done;
- Provide a point by point covering note to each referee and page number citations;
- If you cannot meet all criticisms, point out why;
- Be positive / constructive;
- Note - the process can take 2 - 3 iterations.
How To Handle 'Rejections'?
- Don't over-react. The criticisms are there to enhance your paper;
- Carefully read referees' report and Editor's letter;
- Try to focus on why. Ill focused? Wrong journal? Fundamentally flawed? Specific problem?
- Try and re-work the paper;
- Submit to an alternative Journal.
What Happens Once Your Paper Has Been Accepted?
Once your paper is accepted for publication, it will be forwarded for processing. Pezzottaite Journals does the following:
- Copy-edits your paper into the journal style;
- Creates a PDF of proofs to be sent to you for final review;
- Corrects any errors you have identified;
- Sends the final copy to the printer;
- Posts the article Online for access to journal subscribers;
- Dispatches the journal to subscribers;
- Provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a ‘ONE’ complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears.