7 Steps to Successfully Publish in a Scientific Journal

As scholars, we aim to conduct high-quality research that advances science and share theoretical and practical implications of our work through publishing in peer-reviewed journals. However, this process can be challenging. In this blog, I will identify common pitfalls and provide solutions to prepare more impactful papers based on my seven years of research and teaching experience.

1. Take Time Before Submitting Your Article

Submitting your manuscript immediately after crafting its conclusion can often lead to rejections. Authors should take a proactive approach in preparing their manuscript for submission. This involves re-reading the manuscript at different times and locations to identify potential issues. Sharing your manuscripts with colleagues and requesting their feedback can be incredibly beneficial in improving the overall quality of the work.

2. Choose the Right Publication Outlet

Selecting the right journal for your manuscript can greatly improve its chances of acceptance. Elsevier provides an innovative Journal Finder search facility to assist authors in choosing the most appropriate journal for their work. However, it's crucial to remember that scholarly ethics suggest you should submit a manuscript to only one journal at a time to avoid potential copyright issues.

3. Understand the Journal’s Aims, Scope, and Guidelines

Reading the aims, scope, and author guidelines of your target journal can help align your manuscript with the journal's expectations, improving the chances of acceptance. Ensure your manuscript conforms to the journal's style and format requirements to avoid immediate rejection.

4. Craft a Compelling Title and Abstract

The title and abstract of your manuscript are the first elements a journal editor sees. Therefore, your title should summarize the main theme of the article, and your abstract should provide a comprehensive overview of your study, including its aim, method, key findings, limitations, and implications.

5. Have Your Manuscript Professionally Edited

Scientific writing requires clarity. To improve the readability and overall quality of your manuscript, consider having it professionally edited before submission. Doing so can enhance your manuscript’s presentation and project a professional image to the world of publishing.

6. Include a Cover Letter with Your Manuscript

Including a cover letter addressed to the editor of your target journal can be a critical part of your submission. This letter should outline the main theme of the paper, argue the novelty of the work, and justify its relevance to the target journal.

7. Carefully Address Reviewer Comments

If your manuscript is accepted subject to revisions, be diligent in addressing all the comments received from the reviewers. The revision process may require multiple rounds and can necessitate significant changes to the manuscript. Make sure you provide well-argued justifications for any reviewer comments you agree or disagree with.


Publishing in a scientific journal is a highly competitive process, and preparing a manuscript well enough to be accepted can be daunting. However, by giving attention to these seven steps and planning carefully, you can improve your chances of getting your work published and thus, boost your academic career. Remember, rejection is not the end of the road but an opportunity to refine and improve your work for a different journal. Happy writing!

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