Four points to keep in mind while submitting your paper for review (Part 2)
In the previous article, we discussed about the role and impact of language quality, following formatting guidelines, and journal selection in getting a research paper published. An effective research is the outcome of a novel idea, strong supporting evidence, and using the right experimental design. Here we will discuss additional factors that will help you edit your draft and submit your paper for review.
Result: The result section contains the documentation of the data, figures, and values obtained during the result. The data should be presented logically and consistently. Include the actual data instead of just putting summary statements. The readers should be able to understand and interpret the data on their own. Insert tables and figures to communicate the research findings. Report every aspect of the study that is included in the methods and methodology. You need to convey the results, data, and findings in an easy-to-understand manner. Re-read what you have written and verify the data to ensure there are no research gaps and the data is accurate. Write the abstract only after you have completed the entire paper, as it is based on the text and research content.
Methodology: The methodology section provides details about the research experiment so that it can be replicated by other scientists and researchers in the future if required. Write a detailed paragraph that describes the study design, name of tools and equipment used, and step-by-step procedures that you followed to complete the experiment. You can also include diagrams, graphs, and pictures to show the experimental setup. The method needs to be chosen appropriately based on the expected outcome of the experiment. Do enough research so that you can define the nature of the research that you wish to do. The methodology should align with the aims and objectives of your experiment.
Study Design: Even if your research deals with a relevant issue and contributes to the scientific community, it would be rejected if the study design is inaccurate. Your study model needs to be accurate so that you can test the hypothesis statement and obtain results. A study design can help you create a roadmap to the research and follow a comprehensive plan to avoid any errors or misinterpretation of the result. Do a thorough literature review to identify the literature gaps and plan to work on what is missing from the published studies. A study design begins from choosing the right sample size, participants, and type of research (qualitative or quantitative).
Edit and revise: Your manuscript should not only adhere to the formatting guidelines provided by the journal but should also be free of basic errors. Review your paper for grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation errors. Feedback provided given by the peer reviewers should be viewed seriously if you want to get your article published. You must convey the message accurately to your readers. You need to address every comment and feedback provided to you and make improvements. Whether it is a minor issue with consistency or missing information, you need to take the right action. Submit a rebuttal letter during resubmitting your paper, listing out the points and feedback one by one as well as what was done to resolve the issues.