There is one critical task you must complete before submitting your manuscript: writing a cover letter. This follows the time-consuming work of revising your manuscript and selecting a target journal. The cover letter is an important document that should inform the editor of more information than just the fact that your work has been submitted for consideration.
The introduction should grab the editor’s attention, describe the originality and importance of your findings, demonstrate that all authors have agreed to the submission, and demonstrate that the work has not been submitted concurrently to more than one publication.
Engaging cover letters explain your article and offer a priceless opportunity to convince journal editors to take it under consideration for publication.
Determine the specifications for your intended journal.
Before you begin, discover if there are any cover letter requirements, such as precise, explicitly written statements, in the author guidelines for the journal you wish to submit to. Whatever else you decide to include, make sure your cover letter includes any pertinent information and statements given in the author instructions for the journal you’ve chosen.
Make an outline, then expand on it.
- A brief introduction that mentions the title of the paper and the journal it is being submitted to.
- Why the readers of the journal or field will find your work important and relevant.
- The query that your study aims to resolve.
- Your main conclusions from the experiment and general conclusions.
- The most important conclusions you may draw from your research.
- A statement stating the paper has not been published and is not being considered for publication in any other journal
- A statement stating that before the paper was submitted to the journal, all authors approved it.
- Anything else you may think of to persuade the editor to send your work for review
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