Checklist for Getting Published
If you want to get published it is a good idea to:
☑ Find academic journals directly suited to your area of expertise – Most journals describe their focus and scope on their website. The closer your work is to their core agenda, the better the likelihood of acceptance.
☑ Review submission guidelines and stick to them – This means modifying your article so that it pedantically follows required formatting, word length, and referencing system.
☑ Write a professional cover letter – It should include all relevant information, including contact details.
☑ Share your contribution and where it sits within the wider scholarly landscape
☑ If you are asked to recommended reviewers, do not pass on this. Take up the opportunity. Your supervisor is likely to be a good source for contacts here.
☑ Breathe deeply when your reviews come in – If you feel gutted – step away and reread later. I guarantee that it is not as bad as you thought on first read.
☑ Revise and respond to reviewers’ points when you resubmit – If you are rejected, see it as an opportunity to get more feedback, rewrite, and try again.