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How to publish a research paper: Introduction

This guide is designed to help you prepare your papers to be published in scholarly peer reviewed journals. Tips and some useful advice.

Where to start

Where to start and how?

Collect your data, complete your study, written your paper. Now, what should you do?

Trying to publish a research paper in a peer-reviewed journal is important, especially for academics. It's very important that scholars network and communicate, and get their name and work noticed, used, and most importantly cited. To submit a paper to a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal is not easy and might take a long time. To make this process as easy as possible, and improve your odds, all you need to do is:

1- Ask a professor or a specialized person to read, review your paper, check for grammar, spelling errors, typing mistakes, etc. Check the content of your paper, is it presenting a significant issue or not, is it clearly written? keep in mind that it would be good to ask the opinion of non-experts, outsiders perspectives can be valuable to you too.

2- After you get enough reviews for your paper, revise it make necessary changes based on your reviewer's recommendations. Keep revising and checking until you are sure you'll be submitting a clear and engaging paper.

3- Check your chosen journals requirements and specifications for submitting papers and start formatting your paper according to the journal guidelines. Most peer-reviewed journals provide a document on their webpage they call it sometimes "Author's guide" or "instruction to authors" or "guidelines for publishing" etc. 

4- When you feel that your paper is ready for submitting, submit your paper through the appropriate channels. It's advisable that you submit your paper to one journal at a time, and when you submit your paper online use an official or university email account, might help to add credibility to your paper.

5- This is when you get a response from the journal. Only a few articles get a quick accept reply from peer-reviewed journals. Peer-reviewed journals replays would likely be one of the following:

- Accept / no mistakes no changes needed (very few papers get this reply)

- Accept to be reviewed / only a few minor changes and corrections need to be made.

- Revise and re-submit / need to make more changes before re-considering.

- Reject and re-submit / rejected, but if the right changes are done might re-consider accepting the paper.

- Reject / not suitable to be published in the journal.

6- After you receive the journal's reply, most of the times you'll be asked to make a few changes to your paper and re-submit it again. What is important at that stage is that you study and read carefully the reviewers comments and suggestions and make the necessary changes. 

7- Keep trying to get your paper published, don't give up or be discouraged if you get rejected, a rejected paper does not mean that it's a bad paper. Numerous factors go into determining which papers will be accepted and which will be rejected.‚Äč

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