How to Get Published in a Research Journal
Getting published in an academic journal of repute is no mean feat. However, all research scholars are desirous of getting published because it adds weight to their research findings which gain recognition and legitimacy.
Before submitting your thesis for publication, take note of the following questions: will your thesis be contributing something new to your area. For instance, is the conventional wisdom flawed; is there a research gap which you are filling; is your work fresh and in some way- unique? Further ask yourself, who will interested in publishing you work? Does it enhance understanding of what is already known? Finally, ask yourself about the level of surety about your findings.
There is also the question of which journal you should be submitting your work to. Firstly, your research must match the journal’s aims and objectives. You also have to decide what kind of submission you are gearing towards: will it be a brief report, a review paper, empirical research, book review or thought piece. Also, ensure the standing of the journal in your field. Is it high profile? Who are the editorial members? Check the ranking of the journal where you wish to be published. Certain indexes which rank journals are ISI, h-Index, ABS, ERIH, ERA. Also make sure your institution does not have restrictions regarding the journals you can submit your work to. Each journal makes its manuscript submission guidelines public, usually on its website. Improve the overall quality of your manuscript before submission. Ensure that your referencing style is correct and adhere to the stipulated word limit. Moreover, examine your writing to see if you have followed the conventions of academic writing.
Decide on a working title and also prepare an abstract which briefly sums up the ideas of your work. The abstract is also a reference point for editors to decide if they wish to spend time on reading your manuscript. Hence make sure your manuscript is crisp, to the point and highlights the main points of your research. Your introduction had to have a lucid statement of purpose with literature review and conceptual grounding. Your hypotheses or research questions should be clear and answerable, apt methodology, tables and figures to illustrate your arguments, results, and discussion of results. State your key findings.
Do remember that your conclusion must be different from the key findings. State further directions for research and also explain the limitations of your research. Each of these aspects has to be developed in you submission to an academic journal without which you work is unlikely to be published. Also before submission, note the following: obtain permission for the use of material from other sources, including copyright material from the internet, proofread your manuscript in fair detail. Include a cover letter- this should not be too long and should highlight only the salient points. Finally, consider including supplemental data, which can enhance the value of your content.
Following your submission, one of the following four situations will arise. Your work may face complete rejection, it could be conditionally accepted with major changes, it might receive conditional acceptance with minor changes or may be wholly accepted with no changes. However, the last event is rather rare.