Publish: how to submit an article in a scholarly journal?

How do you get your article published in a journal? How do you choose the right journal?

The Knowledge Center for Health Ghent (KCGG) lists several tips on getting published for the medical sciences. Here's a selection of generally applicable tips.

How do you select a journal?

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Tips for getting your manuscript published (Cook, 2016) 

  • Plan early to get it out the door;
  • Address authorship and writing group expectations up front;
  • Maintain control of the writing;
  • Ensure complete reporting;
  • Use electronic reference management software;
  • Polish carefully before you submit;
  • Select the right journal;
  • Follow journal instructions precisely.


Rejection after the first submission is likely, and when this occurs you should

  • take all reviewer and editor suggestions seriously;
  • get it back out the door quickly.


Finally, when the invitation comes to revise and resubmit, you should

  • respond carefully to every reviewer suggestion, even if they disagree;
  • get input from others as you revise.

Source reference

Cook, David A. "Twelve Tips for Getting Your Manuscript Published." Medical Teacher 38.1 (2016): 41-50. 10.3109/0142159X.2015.1074989

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