Academic Writing for Graduate Students – How to Maximize Your Chances of Publication in an Academic Journal

      If you are an academic, your career path partly depends on turning your research and theories into papers that get published in academic journals. These journals bring you to the attention of other researchers and students worldwide. However, academic journals have strict standards that your papers must meet. The following guide offers 6 tips to help you increase your chances of journal acceptance and publication.

The following guide offers 6 tips to help you maximize your chances of journal acceptance and publication.

1. Research the Journal

      Do not choose an academic journal simply because its name suggests that it covers your specialist area of research. Look behind the name: Find the journal’s website and study the types of papers it publishes. Most journals are seeking papers that fit a specific area of interest. Your paper must contribute to this area and extend the literature related to it. It is critical to apply to a journal that is a good fit for your topic. Some journals are more likely to publish research that includes citations of other work that they themselves have published. If your work is one that includes several citations from papers published in a particular, it is a pretty good sign that your paper could be a good fit.  

Most journals are seeking papers that fit a specific area of interest. Your paper must contribute to this area and extend the literature related to it.

2. Use Correct Formatting

      Many academic journals are managed by major publishing groups such as Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. These groups expect you to follow their guidelines regarding the way in which you present your paper for publication. Many students are somewhat familiar with citation formats such as MLA, Harvard, or Chicago Style, but it’s important to be aware that journals can have their own particular guidelines or style preferences. These guidelines are available on the journals’ websites. Always follow their instructions. In particular, note your chosen journal’s preferred layout for a paper and the formatting style for the references. When you present your paper to a journal in the desired format, you show the editor and reviewers that you are serious about publication. The academic editors here at APEs FIX are experienced with all the citation style guides, including APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, and Harvard style. In addition, as publishing experts, chances are we’re already familiar with the guidelines of your target journal.

It’s important to be aware that journals can have their own particular guidelines or style preferences.

3. Cite Your Sources

      When you write your paper, cite all the sources that have informed your research. Depending on the nature of your work, it is also worth including a literature review as part of your study. The most critical thing is that you do not commit plagiarism whether it is intentional or not. By studying proper citation methods, you can ensure that the academic integrity of your paper is high. A journal will not publish an article that has not properly cited its references, whether the mistake was intentional or not. Aside from it being a good practice of academic honesty, your aim in citing is to show an academic journal that your paper draws on and extends the literature on your subject. It should also be noted that some journals are keen to publish papers that include citations of other work that they themselves have published.

 A journal will not publish an article that has not properly cited its references, whether the mistake was intentional or not.

4. Edit Your Paper

      An academic journal typically does not edit a paper on your behalf. You need to edit it before submission to ensure it meets an acceptable academic standard. If you lack confidence about editing, ask an experienced colleague to look over the paper. If you are a non-native speaker of the journal’s language, it is extremely important that you have the paper edited by a native speaker. Academic journals have no shortage of papers they could publish. It is ESSENTIAL that your paper does not have minor language usage mistakes (grammar, language, punctuation, etc.) that can render an otherwise perfectly acceptable research paper nonpunishable and result in a rejection. The best way you can ensure your paper is ready for submission is by hiring a professional academic editing company like APEs FIX. We are skilled and knowledgeable with all phases of academic publishing. Our editors will ensure that your paper is polished to perfection and 100% ready for submission.

It is ESSENTIAL that your paper does not have minor language usage mistakes (grammar, language, punctuation, etc.) that can render an otherwise perfectly acceptable research paper nonpunishable and result in a rejection.

5. Create a Great Cover Letter

      Because academic journals receive many papers for consideration, you need your cover letter to stand out. It is one of the first things they will read! One way of achieving this is to submit a cover letter that acts as a kind of sales pitch. In no more than a page, explain the aims of your paper and why you wrote it. Emphasize the uniqueness of your research and your contribution to the literature. Then outline your findings and their theoretical and practical implications, as appropriate. Finally, make sure to say why you believe their journal is exactly the right publication for your work.

Make sure to say why you believe their journal is exactly the right publication for your work.

6. Act Upon Criticism

      After you submit your paper to an academic journal, the journal’s editors and reviewers will typically do one of three things: accept it, reject it, or accept it pending improvements. If the journal rejects your paper, note the reasons why, and act on these. Don’t take it personally, instead, take it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Once you have, you can try resubmitting it to the same journal, or you can try submitting it to another journal. If your paper is accepted pending improvements, you need to make changes before it will be accepted and should do so without delay. You must include a letter in your resubmission that addresses each of the suggestions and explains what you have changed. Since many journals have deadlines for making the changes, we highly recommend hiring a professional academic editing company to address any writing issues. APEs FIX offers expedited editing services (even <24 hour turnaround time), and by hiring professionals you won’t have to worry whether the problems were addressed correctly or not.

Take criticism as an opportunity to learn and grow.

      Many academic journals receive a large number of papers. The rate of acceptance varies, and it is not unusual for a good quality journal to publish only a small number of the papers that it receives. Using the above advice will give you an advantage in what is an extremely competitive market. As always, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to Contact Us with any questions!

If you want to truly maximize your chances of getting published, hiring a professional editing company is the best way to make sure you don’t make mistakes like improper citations or language issues that can result in a rejection. These are mistakes that can result in great research receiving an outright rejection, simply due to the fact that there is an abundance of other research papers available for journals to publish. Save yourself from the stress of worrying and let one of our academic editing professionals make sure your paper is 100% ready for publication.

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