Every researcher desperately wants to have their research papers published not just in a Scopus journal with a high-impact factor but also one that facilitates quick publishing. Research work is usually a slow process, requiring the precise design, optimization, and replication of experiments. By the time a researcher has managed to accumulate enough data to write a manuscript, they will probably want to publish it as soon as possible.
Prompt publication can speed up the dissemination of results, reduce the likelihood of being in the news, and allow a faster return to the lab to work on the next course of research. Whether one is testing or writing, the following tips can help them increase their publishing speed –
Ensuring That All Data Being Presented Is Airtight
- Designing key experiments with the publication in mind, including the proper controls and layout, cuts down on time wasted rehearsing work to get more comprehensive or presentable data.
- Also, researchers should remember to collect data early, especially because this process can get longer and intimidating if weeks or months have passed since the data was collected.
- One can avail the help of their peers, experienced research authors who have had multiple research papers published, with formatting figures or creating custom illustrations, especially when they’re pressed for time.
Intricately Planning The Research Paper Writing Process & Beginning It Well Ahead Of Time
- Even if a researcher doesn’t have enough data to prove their findings, they can start writing their article right away.
- The ‘background’ and ‘introduction’ sections, which are usually based on previous research, lend themselves particularly well to pre-writing.
- By starting to write the ‘materials and methods’ section while the protocols are still fresh in their mind, researchers can also speed up the manuscript preparation process.
Ensuring That The Writing Is Top-Notch
- No matter how innovative or groundbreaking the nature of the findings of a research study may be, the publication of the research paper can be severely hampered by below-par writing.
- Editors and peer reviewers, in particular, may find it hard to understand the content and may even harbor negative biases against poorly written manuscripts, making rejection more likely.
- This is a barrier to getting published, particularly for researchers who are non-native English speakers. Such researchers can and must resort to getting help with your writing from their colleagues if they wish to get their paper as soon as possible.
Taking Full Advantage Of Modern Tools
- Unlike researchers in the past, researchers today have a number of tools at their disposal to make their task of writing a paper and getting it published quickly, easier.
- One such tool that researchers can make use of is an easy-to-use software for archiving relevant references, reducing the time spent searching for articles that have been read previously.
- Plus, when a researcher is working on a manuscript, citation managers can automatically format their citations according to target journal guidelines and update their citation list whenever they add or remove a citation, which helps them save a ton of time.
- There are several versions of such a tool available from different vendors. Some of these vendors even offer their archiving tools for free.
Submitting The Manuscript At The Optimal Time
- If a researcher already has a large amount of data on hand but is still running experiments, he/she should consider whether their research can be split into two separate parts.
- This approach will make it possible for their earlier studies to be published more quickly, even before the latest research is completed.
Getting The Manuscript Reviewed By Trusted & Knowledgeable Peers
- There are a number of specialized services offered by companies these days that help researchers get their manuscripts peer-reviewed before they formally submit their manuscript to a high impact factor journal of choice.
- Making use of such a service can further increase their chances of getting published and the speed of publication as well. Researchers can also just get feedback from their colleagues on the strength of their article.
- Armed with their feedback and critical comments, researchers can further refine their manuscripts before submitting them formally and thus avoid some of the objections that journal reviewers might have been likely to pose on reviewing their manuscripts.
An Overstated But Nevertheless Crucial Step – Choosing The Best Journal Possible
- To increase the likelihood of acceptance of a paper, researchers must try selecting a journal whose scope matches their research objective.
- Discussions with their colleagues, reviewing their own list of references and browsing recent journal websites and tables of contents can prove to be incredibly helpful.
- Researchers can also consider those journals and editors that are known for promoting a faster turnaround between submission and decision making.
- Submission to ARDA Publications (many of which often advertised themselves as “accelerating the publication of peer-reviewed science”, and that tend to focus on scientific validity rather than novelty and significance), can also help speed up the publication process.
Maintain Regular Contact With Journal Authorities
- A pre-submission survey consists of a letter written to a journal to assess their interest in a manuscript that is being submitted.
- This survey can help quickly determine if a submitted manuscript would be a good match for the journal before the manuscript is even subject to the entire preliminary checking and peer review processes.
- Journals tend to have varying requirements in this regard, for instance, some journals require submission of a manuscript abstract together with a letter.
- In some cases (often observed with medical journals) an investigation into the authenticity, innovativeness, and pertinence of a manuscript is required to be carried out even before the researcher is permitted to submit it.
Paying Attention To Every Detail Specified In The Guidelines Prescribed By The Publication & Following Them To The Tee
- Researchers have to remember to carefully follow their target journal’s guidelines for a cover letter, main text, references, figures and tables, and any additional information to avoid unnecessary delays in publication.
- Getting external help (from a professional service or even friends and colleagues) can prove to be tremendously useful as researchers are often taken up with their research work and writing and don’t have time to think about reading through a document containing detailed guidelines.
Preparing A Compelling Cover Letter That Is Convincing & Inspiring
- By enclosing a cover letter along with a manuscript, researchers make use of a crucial opportunity to highlight the relevance of their work to their target journal and present their main findings even before any of the editors, or manuscript reviewers can open up the manuscript.
- An effective cover letter sent to an appropriate journal can potentially convince the editor to directly and immediately send their manuscript for review, thus speeding up the publication process.
Keeping Tabs On The Journal Authorities & Carefully Following Up With Them Every Step Of The Way
- If a researcher has submitted his/her manuscript to a journal but has still have not received a decision, they may consider checking up with the editor on the status of their submission.
- The standard time between submission and decision making can vary across journals and fields, so they very well speak with colleagues or check the journal’s website to determine if they’ve been waiting longer than usual.
Dealing With Reviewers Professionally & Responding Politely But Confidently
- A complete, clear, and polite response to comments from editors and reviewers will help reduce the risk of rejection or another review cycle, saving the researcher a lot of time.
However, no matter what the caliber of the Scopus Indexed journals that you’re applying to maybe, it is also important not to cower before reviewers and confidently state your rebuttals when you know for sure that their assessment of your manuscript is riddled with inaccuracies. Wherever you are in the research and writing process, these crucial points will help you speed up the publication of your manuscript effortlessly.