During the peer review process for any scholarly journal, the number one reasons that an article manuscript is rejected is lack of relevancy to the overall mission and scope of the journal. With millions of active scholarly journals regularly being published, it can be extremely challenging for authors to find a credible publishing outlet that also directly aligns with the content of their article manuscript. As an effort to support authors in the process of identifying a journal to submit their work to, eContent Pro International® recently launched the Journal Recommendation Service.
Why Utilize the Journal Recommendation Service?
Journal selection can be an extremely time-consuming process for authors who may not know where to begin. They may not have the publishing industry expertise to determine whether a specific journal is the most credible and appropriate outlet for their research project. With the number of predatory journals currently in the market, there is risk that an author might submit their work to a journal that follows unethical practices and/or a “pay-to-publish” model. In order to alleviate the burden of searching millions of journals and being forced to question whether a publication follows the proper ethical guidelines and standards, the Journal Recommendation Service and the expert journal selectors will greatly ease the searching process for authors by suggesting potential publications for their article manuscript.
The Expert Journal Selectors
The expert journal selectors will read through the author’s entire article manuscript and examine items including the article’s title, abstract, keywords, headings, body text, figures, images, tables, along with the reference list, and provide at least five journal recommendations that directly suit the research, guiding authors toward journals that are the best outlets for their work. The journal selectors will only recommend credible journals published by academic publishers who are recognized by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in order to ensure that the author is not at risk of submitting to a questionable publisher and/or journal.
An Overview of the Journal Profiles
Upon the conclusion of the journal recommendation process, authors will receive a robust profile of each journal that includes:
The journal’s current title (and any previous titles), the publisher information, the date the journal was established, the Editor(s)-in-Chief information, any association and/or society affiliations, the journal’s webpage, submission guidelines and links, a brief description, topics covered, the mission and scope, editorial review board information including the roles and countries represented, the publication frequency, information regarding open access, abstracting and indexing information (including an impact factor if applicable), and the acceptance rate (if available).
Each of these elements are critical for an author to get a sense of the publication and the publication process and scope, ensuring that the author can conform their article manuscript to the appropriate guidelines and expectations.
Acceptance Potential and Special Considerations
Even though the expert journal selectors cannot guarantee acceptance of the article manuscript by the recommended journals provided, this service will ensure that the author is submitting their work to the most relevant publication possible.
It is important to note that the acceptance rates provided in the profile are merely estimates, and a lower acceptance rate does not mean that an author shouldn’t invest the time in submitting their work for consideration. Also, a journal not being indexed should not deter an author from submitting their work as it takes a minimum of two years for a journal to be considered for inclusion into prestigious indices, and a newly inaugurated journal simply would not be indexed yet. Additionally, journals that are more niche in scope will clearly have a more difficult time reaching a high citation impact due to lower usage.
It is critical that the author does not submit their article manuscript to all five of the journals recommended as this could risk simultaneous publication of the work which will draw ethical concerns. Editor(s)-in-Chief and review boards heavily frown upon the simultaneous submission of work across different journals. If they become apprised that an author’s work is already under consideration with another publication, there is a strong likelihood that they will outright reject the work.
What More Can the Author Do to Improve the Chances of Acceptance?
In addition to taking all the items above into consideration, it is highly recommended that the author submits their work to eContent Pro International’s Scientific and Scholarly Editing Service so that the expert scientific and scholarly editors can evaluate the article manuscript and provide revision suggestions prior to the work being submitted for consideration to one of the five recommended journals.
Once the article manuscript has been evaluated by a scientific and scholarly editor, it is highly recommended that the work then be submitted for copy editing to eContent Pro International’s English Language Copy Editing Service in order to further fine tune and improve the quality of the work and ensure that it meets the journal’s submission specifications. All these items combined will help improve the quality of the work and increase the potential for acceptance.