Shaping and Presenting an Article for a Particular Journal

Shaping and Presenting an Article for a Particular Journal
While preparing an article for submission to an academic or scientific journal, you should use everything you can learn about the journal to your advantage. For one, it is absolutely essential that you follow precisely any and all guidelines and submission procedures provided by the journal – a paper structured in an inappropriate way and submitted via an incorrect method in the wrong sort of file is far too easy for a busy journal editor to reject before its content has been seriously considered. Every part of your article should also be written in language that is clear, correct, professional and, if possible, eloquent, and each sentence should be polished to the highest textual shine you can manage. Having your paper carefully proofread by qualified proofreaders such as those provided by PRS can ensure that both the format and the language of your article meet the specific requirements and scholarly standards – when you send your article for proofreading do be sure to include any relevant information on or links to the journal guidelines you are following.

You can also increase your chances of publishing success by using specialised terminology with precision and extreme care. It is best to use specialised terminology only if it is necessary and entirely appropriate to your topic and never to overuse it. If the specialised terms you use are associated with the journal’s area of specialisation, you can use them fairly freely with the assumption that your readers will understand them, but it is still best to keep such terminology and especially any jargon associated with your field to a minimum. Any terminology you use in your paper that you suspect may not be familiar to the journal’s targeted readers or to the editor or reviewers of the journal should always be carefully explained. Taking extra care over the use of any foreign languages is also essential. If the journal specialises in studies of French poetry, for instance, and that is the focus of your paper, quotations from such poetry will not be out of place, but in other situations English translations (with or without the original text) will probably be more appropriate and accessible for readers, including that all-important journal editor.
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Familiarising yourself with the structure and language of articles already published by your chosen journal will no doubt prove helpful; indeed, one of the classic ways of making your paper a good fit for a journal is to read and cite articles already published in that journal. This is not to suggest that you should cite articles that are inappropriate for your own work simply to make it seem as though your paper belongs in the journal, but if you have done your research well by reading articles published in the journal that are similar to your own in order to choose the journal in the first place, using those articles in your paper will prove easy and a natural progression of your scholarship that really does help make your work compatible with other papers published by the journal and thus appropriate for its publishing agenda.

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