Checklist: Is my article ready for submitting to journals?
Getting your research work accepted/published in a reputable journal can boost your academic career marginally. Following is a list of things you should check for to see if your paper aligns with the requirements of prospects journals you wish to submit your paper to:
- Does the title and abstract of your paper reflect the discipline of the journal?
- Does the general thesis statement of the paper align with the disciplinary strain that your journal is taking? (To cut a long story short: Ensure that you are not submitting your natural science paper to an anthropology journal. This can get a little tricky with interdisciplinary papers)
- Does this journal care about the research question you are trying to address?
- Have you adhered to the proper citation style and other style considerations specified by the journal?
- Is your paper formatted appropriately?
- Font and font size
- Section arrangement
- Proper labelling of figures/diagrams and tables
- Page numbers
- Table of contents
Scientific and ethical considerations
- Have all your sources been cited correctly?
- Does every entry in your reference section have references to text in your paper?
- Have you exceeded your plagiarism limit? (Depending on your discipline, this can be anywhere between 1% and 15%. For example, literature reviews and theoretical articles have more leeway than empirical studies)
- Acknowledgements section abnd
- Name(s) of authors and affiliations
- Contact information
- Cover letter
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