How to get your research paper published? (Part 1)
A research paper is the outcome of innovative research and quality writing. The process of writing a paper begins with selecting a suitable topic and searching for a reliable information source. The next part is writing a thesis statement that clearly states the aims and objectives of your research. A research paper should be original and novel that contributes to your field of study and has an impact on the community at large.
Publishing research allows scholars and academicians to network with others and communicate their research findings to the world. Hundreds of papers are submitted and rejected every day, and for this reason it is all-important to find a suitable journal based on your topic and writing style. Here is a list of points you need to consider for increasing your chances of publishing.
What type of article are you planning to write? Is it a review article or a full-length manuscript?
Once you pick a suitable journal for submitting your article, review the aims and scope of the journal. Do they align with the content and objectives of your article?
Visit the journal’s website and note the formatting instructions, which also include word count, font type, font size, margin size, and line spacing.
What is the citation count of the journal? How many articles are cited previously?
Journal selection: With the global rise in the number of predatory journals, it is becoming increasingly difficult for researchers to get their research published. Despite your research being advanced and very well-written, there are chances of your paper getting rejected if the topic of your research is beyond the aim and scope of the journal. To ensure that your research findings are disseminated to the right target audience, you need to carefully check the scope, objective, impact factor, and time of review. Look for a list of predatory journals and publishers online. You can access journal databases such as PubMed and SCOPUS to double-check a publisher’s authenticity.
List the names of journals in your research area
Arrange the names based on the journals’ relevance and quality
Read previously published papers
Analyze the writing style of the articles
Check the references and bibliography
Structure: Apart from journal selection, the structure of your manuscript is the second important aspect that can increase your publishing chances. Whether you are writing a case report, review article, or case study, each paper has a unique formatting style that differs from journal to journal. For example, if you are following the IMRAD structure, you need to include introduction, methods, results, and discussion section.
Process: Complying with the guidelines of a journal increases your chances of publishing acceptance. Check for minimum and maximum word count. What is the referencing style in other articles? Also, check the formatting guidelines and choice of publishing medium. What is the standard procedure followed by the journal? You can also inquire about the peer review process.