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Writing for Journals

Submitted by steve_warner
Thu, 14 Feb 2013

There are several kinds of scholarly and academic journals. These usually include: Letters/Communications, Research Notes, Research Articles, Supplementary Articles, Review Articles, etc. Some accept articles based on the judgment of their editors or their editorial boards. Most of the scholarly and academic journals, which function in this process, are of high quality and importance. However, the more important journals, as far as academic prestige is concerned, are those that publish refereed or peer-reviewed articles, in which the editor sends an article, without revealing or giving out any information about the author, to various experts in the appropriate field for evaluation. Generally, these peer reviewers are asked for their opinions on whether the article should be published as it is presented in its original form, needs some minor work like proof-reading, needs a great deal of work like editing and formatting, or shouldn't be published at all.

There exists a hierarchy among refereed journals. Some journals, often the pre-eminent journals in their fields, publish only articles that they consider to be "paradigm changing". In other words, it is assumed that the readers of the article may change the way or method in which they think about the subject of the piece and the field itself. These types of journals usually tend to accept only about 15 to 20 percent of the articles they receive for publication. Therefore, it is quite difficult to get an article published in them whatsoever. In fact, some "A" level journals are even reputed to have a rejection rate of more than 90 percent. Any article that is rejected by one of these prestigious publications may be a very fine piece of work, which might get readily accepted in some other journal. Therefore, there is no reason to get discouraged in case your work is not getting accepted right away.

Consider submitting to journals in a variety of subject areas that might be covered in your article. For example, an article regarding the research on heart disease may possibly be of interest to journals in medical, cardiology, nervous system, neurology, human body organs, scientific research, or other disciplines or sub-disciplines. Thus, it is very crucial and necessary to properly categorize the article under the appropriate journals, and then proceed to the subsequent steps like editing, formatting, or submission.


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