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Dr. Zoran Dinev 5 minute read
February 7, 2019

Tips for Accelerating the Publication of Your Manuscript

From the horses mouth!

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Research is a slow process, requiring meticulous design, optimization and replication of experiments. By the time you have accumulated enough data and information to write a manuscript, you will definitely want to get the manuscript published as soon as possible. A rapid and timely publication process can speed up the distribution of findings, lower the chances of being scooped, and allow you to focus on the next project. Whether you are currently experimenting with or are in the middle of writing, the following tips may help you increase your publication speed:

Plan Ahead

When you are creating or designing key experiments and start generating data, keep in mind that your ultimate goal is the publication of your work. Planning ahead will reduce the total time wasted on repeating experiments to obtain a more presentable data. Additionally, consider drafting earlier, particularly because this process may become more time consuming if more time has passed since the data was collected.

Get Started Early

Even if you do not have a complete set of experiments, you can start writing your research paper right away. The introductory section, which is typically based on the previous research or a grant application, could usually be prepared as you find new and interesting research relevant to your work. Composing this section by considering all the information while it is still fresh in your mind can also help in manuscript preparation.

Write Clearly and Precisely

In most cases, the publication of a study with significant implications may be denied if your writing is unclear or difficult to understand. In particular, the reviewers and editors may have difficulty understanding the content and may even draw a negative conclusion from poorly written manuscripts, making rejection more likely and possible. This is a significant barrier to publication for non-native English speakers. To assist in your writing, consider asking your friends and colleagues for recommendations and feedback about your manuscript, or availing the service of professional manuscript editing and research service.

Know when to Submit Your Document 

If you are burdened with a large amount of data and still performing experiments, consider whether your research can be divided into two segments, such as a brief communication followed by a more in-depth full paper. This approach will allow faster publication of the key findings in your study, even before the full study is completed.

Seek Peer Review Before Publication

Using a service that provides peer review before journal submission can further increase publication speed. You can also get feedback from experts on the strength of your paper using a manuscript health check service. With this feedback before submission, you can avoid and prevent objections from journal reviewers.

Choosing the Right Journal

To increase the chance of the acceptance of your paper, carefully select a journal that has a scope that fits the best with your research focus. Conversing with your colleagues, reviewing your own reference list and browsing the journal website will help you choose the right journal and result in rapid turnaround between submission and decision-making. Submitting to open access journals, which tend to focus more on scientific validity over novelty and significance, may further help to accelerate publication.

Interact with the Journal

A pre-submission contact or inquiry consists of a letter written to a journal to gather feedback and generate interest in your manuscript. This inquiry also helps to quickly determine whether your paper would be a perfect fit for the journal without having to go through the entire submission and peer review process. Different journals may have different requirements for the contents of these requests. In certain cases, a pre-submission inquiry maybe required.

Follow the Guidelines

If you carefully adhere to the guidelines of the target journal for your main text, cover letter, references and any supplementary information, you can avoid unnecessary delays in publication. Professionals that provide a formatting service can facilitate adherence to such strict guidelines. Also, check out the major technical requirements in the manuscript preparation guidelines. If you find no guidelines mentioned by a specific journal, use the publisher’s general guidelines.

Write an Impressive Cover Letter

The cover letter that you submit with your manuscript is your first contact with the editor and provides the best opportunity to highlight specific points about your work to the journal and to showcase your key findings. Don’t be modest but don’t exaggerate either. An effective cover letter sent to an appropriate journal can convince the editor to immediately send your manuscript out for peer review. This should be your main goal.

Follow-Up with Journal

If you have already submitted your manuscript to a journal but haven’t heard in 4-6 weeks, consider checking with the editor regarding the status of your submission. The standard time required from submission to decision making can vary significantly between manuscript and research fields, so you may want to check the journal website to find out whether you have been waiting for longer than usual.

Writing Responses to Reviewers

A specific, clear, thorough and polite response to the editors’ and reviewers’ comments will help you to reduce the chances of rejection or another round of review, saving you additional effort and time.

Regardless of whether you are at the writing or research stage of your manuscript, the above tips will help you to accelerate the publication of your scientific manuscript. You can also refer to professional editing and proofreading providers to save you even more time. Did you know that a researcher spends up to 100 hours to prepare a manuscript for publication. This increases to 200 hours for non-native English speakers. Availing the service offered by manuscript editing and proofreading service providers is a worthwhile investment and will save you valuable time, allowing you to achieve ultimate success. So, publish and don’t just perish by discovering the faster, easier way to prepare your manuscript for publication.