Having one’s experimentation findings and outcomes published is an integral part of their career as a professional researcher. However, writing is not exactly the most attractive of undertakings for all researchers as getting an article published can be a very long and tedious process. Fortunately, every one of the many obstacles that arise with the prospect of writing and publishing research work can be avoided by staying prepared and getting to know about the common step-by-step process of having a research paper published.
Identifying A Unique & Less-Explored Research Problem
A research problem can be defined as an area of interest or a gap in existing knowledge that indicates the need for further understanding and investigation. A problem statement is used in research as a statement that describes the predicament addressed by experimentation and exploration. The problem statement succinctly illustrates the obstacle that one’s research proposes to address.
The ultimate goal of defining the problem statement is to transform a generalized problem into a focused and well-defined problem; in fact, a problem that can be resolved through focused research and careful decision making.
Perusing Through Review Articles & Literature
When one reads a research article, the goal should be to understand the scientific contributions of the authors. This is, however, easier said than done. This may require reviewing a paper several times, expecting to spend several hours studying a single article. Reading a research article should be a critical process. One shouldn’t assume that the authors are always right, but instead, remain suspicious of their statements at all times.
Critical reading involves asking appropriate questions. If the authors try to solve a problem, one should try to determine if they are solving the correct problem and if there are some simple solutions that the authors do not appear to have considered or paid any attention to at all.
One should also think about the limitations of the solution (including limitations that the authors might not have noticed or admitted) that have been posted and also ascertain if the assumptions made by them are reasonable.
Additionally, one should find out if the logic of the document is clear and justifiable, considering the assumptions being made or if there is a flaw in the authors’ reasoning itself. The accuracy, authenticity and reliability of the data being collected by the authors of these review papers should also be given due consideration.
Coming Up With A Far Superior Solution
It is always beneficial to ensure that one’s research idea is as original as possible and that no one has applied it before. One should be happy that their research is innovative. However, one should again perform a literature search using different keyword combinations to make sure that there is no existing literature on the subject.
Even after doing this, if they can’t find anything on the same research idea or topic, they can compare their research with research that has been done on closely related topics. Another approach would be to go a step further and compare it with other studies in the same field, if not on the specific topic. Maybe they can add a sentence that says that while many studies have focused on various aspects of the topic or area, none have addressed that particular research idea.
Picking The Best Journal Possible
There are a large number of journals to choose from today, including Web of Science, Google Scholar, Elsevier, Scopus Journals, etc. The impact factor of journals offers an accurate idea of the overall excellence of the work published in this journal. Generally, the higher the impact factor value of a journal, the more prestigious it is considered to be. This impact factor value provides library administrators with a means to decide which journals to keep in their collections and which ones to acquire for their libraries.
It is also often utilized in the process of academic evaluation of researchers for seniority, grants, funding, etc. Nonetheless, this practice is unreliable because the impact factor value is only intended to signify the quality of a whole journal, not the quality of specific articles published in the journal.
To find out what the impact factor of a certain indexed journal is, one should visit the respective website of the journals found in these databases and they will find their impact factor values there.
Follow Formatting Guidelines To The Tee
Researchers often wonder why their manuscripts are rejected by journals without even being reviewed. The reason for this rejection is that the rejection had absolutely nothing to do with the content of the journal itself. In most cases, it is simply an issue of non-compliance with the formatting guidelines and requirements set forth by the journal.
Naturally, it can be upsetting for any researchers undergoing this to see that their groundbreaking idea was rejected for a simple formatting error without even having the chance to be examined. Additionally, these researchers aren’t even sure what went wrong as there often aren’t any details highlighting these mistakes in the rejection letter.
Requests for reprocessing of the manuscript go unnoticed and are a complete waste of time as the publication knows why the paper was rejected initially. Therefore, it is always a good idea for research professionals to pay heed to every single rule and formatting guideline specified by the journal (on their website or journal itself) and to make sure that a rejected manuscript had completely followed all these rules without explaining.
Submitting For Reviewing
The peer evaluation process followed by all journals is primarily a quality control procedure. It is a process by which specialists assess scholarly work, to ensure a high quality of published science. Nevertheless, peer reviewers do not decide on accepting or rejecting submitted manuscripts.
Their role is exclusive to offering unbiased recommendations on the quality of a submitted manuscript. In peer-reviewed journals, the decision-making power rests solely with journal editors or the journal’s editorial board. Indeed, it is the editor-in-chief of the journal, which is considered central in the decision-making process.
Due to a large number of submissions, leading journals are often forced to reject even high-quality manuscripts for various reasons, such as a large number of submissions or a lack of correspondence with the editorial direction of the journal. Finally, journal editors make decisions about what to publish. They make decisions to either accept or reject articles based on their opinion of the article’s worth of publication and the comments of reviewers.
The most frequent but easily evadable cause for journal rejection is the mismatch between the manuscript and the journal’s objectives and scope. Determining if the topic of one’s article matches that of the target journal should be the number one priority. Considering the type of research the journal focuses on should come next.
One should confirm that their target newspaper accepts the type of article that they want to submit based on these factors. For instance, if one’s article is a case study, one should verify that the journal publishes case reports. Submitting to a journal that does not accept the type of article they wrote gives them almost no chance that the manuscript will be accepted.
The conventional publication route involving manuscript submission, peer review, manuscript review and acceptance for publication spans many months and is entirely dependent on determinants including the field of study, the availability of peer reviewers and the frequency of publication of a journal.
Gone are the days when authors and journals both were willing to live with longer deadlines for journal decisions and manuscript publication. Today, scientific discovery, publication and the career progression of researchers are as much quality as they are speed. In some scientific fields, the immediate publication can influence critical developments and the conventional publication process may not allow for rapid sharing of scientific results.
Responding to the need to reduce publication times, several journals and editors have started offering fast publishing a fast-track path to publication that assures researchers of the journal’s decision within weeks or days of submitting their manuscripts.
Journal Papers Vastly More Valuable Than Conference Papers
In most fields, the most prestigious journals are peer-reviewed publications. Since most conferences these days don’t have a peer review system for debriefing, many don’t consider them to be very important. A lot of researchers only publish their articles in peer-reviewed journals as they have a more intricate and reliable quality assurance measure through the peer-review process.
Peer Review & Superior Quality
The peer-review process is employed by most journals as part of their manuscript selection process. More often than not, students and early career researchers go through the publishing process without understanding what peer review is exactly. Peer review refers to the evaluation and evaluation of research by experts in a particular field of study. It is primarily viewed as an expert advice system that helps journal editors decide whether a manuscript is worth publishing.
Overall, the peer review process is intended to perform an access control function and the ultimate goal of peer review is to ensure a high quality of published science.
Are you someone who has carried out some groundbreaking research work and would like to let professionals from within your community get to know about your work in quick time without any publication, submission and peer-review hassles whatsoever? Then, you should have your next research paper published in a relevant ARDA journal right away!