Navigating the Publishing Process

Scholarly Publishing

The traditional print based publication process facilitates publication of your research via a scholarly journal published such as Taylor & Francis. The publishing costs are met by journal subscription fees.

Maximizing Your Publication Strategy — 10 Simple Rules

Enhance your chances of successful publication by following these straightforward guidelines, designed to optimize your publication strategy and increase your research impact:

  1. Deciding where to publish
  2. Writing the abstracts and title of your paper – search engine optimization
  3. Preparing your manuscript — instructions for authors
  4. Preparing your manuscript — choosing author keywords
  5. Submitting your manuscript — author name syntax
  6. Submitting your manuscript — affiliation name syntax
  7. Writing your abstract — search engine
  8. Getting published: authors rights
  9. Getting published: maximizing the exposure and impact of research via open access publishing
  10. Track the impact of new research output (you and others) quickly and conveniently

Decide where to publish — You should consider your intended audience at the outset of your research proposal.

Prepare your manuscript for submission — each journal will specify precise guidelines for the submission of manuscripts for publication. The easiest route to access the submission guidelines is via the journal homepage:

  • Format / layout
  • Title page and abstracts
  • Reference and footnotes style guides — Reference management tools like EndNote have hundreds of inbuilt journals reference styles
  • Tables and figures
  • Submitting the manuscript — templates
  • Copyright and rights transfer policy
  • Publication charges and reprints

Submitting Your Manuscript

Once you have submitted your manuscript to the journal publisher, the review process may vary depending on the journal and whether the review process is handled manually or online.

Following steps may apply:

  • On receipt, your manuscript may be handed to an editor / editorial team for a preliminary editorial review to decide whether it is appropriate to send out for review
  • If accepted at this stage, a list of possible reviewers is generated. These are generally anonymous and experts on the subject
  • The length of time for the review process varies depending on whether the journal uses online submission system and how quickly the reviewers respond

The editor or editorial board may decide to:

  • Accept the manuscript as it is
  • Accept the manuscript pending revision
  • Invite revision and submission of the manuscript
  • Reject it out-right