Publishing a journal article
A step-by-step guide
Step 1. Choose your journal
You must submit your article yourself to one journal only. First, see the list of journals by subject area.
From this list you can go to the homepage of any journal to find if it is the right journal for your article. Look at, for example:
- the editorial aims of the journal
- what type of articles are accepted
- impact factor (if applicable).
Step 2. Send any questions to the right person
If you have questions about the journal (e.g. impact factor or time to publication), all contact details are on the Editorial Team link on the journal's home page.
The Content Editor will be able to answer your questions regarding getting our paper published, e.g.:
- time to publication
- time to review
- using Manuscript Central to submit and track the progress of your paper.
The Publisher will be able to answer your questions regarding the journal's vision, scope and quality indices, e.g.:
- impact factor
- where the journal is abstracted and indexed
- scope and objectives of the journal.
Don't forget that you can always e-mail an Editor outlining your proposed article (sending just the abstract, not the whole paper!) to see if they think your article is suitable; they are usually more than willing to offer advice and will often suggest an alternative journal if they feel their journal is not the best one for your article.
Step 3. Submit your article
Every journal homepage has a link to "Author Guidelines". Every journal has different guidelines. This is where you will find details of how to submit, and what to submit, to the journal. Follow these Author Guidelines carefully. If you do not, you are only making it more likely that your article will not be accepted!