What should be included in a cover letter? - Journal. Send in a cover letter with your submission explaining why it’s as awesome as you think it is and why I should come to the same conclusion. You know, the one that often mentions a particular journal. And unless you’re actually talking about *the* Holy Grail (which I doubt you are), don’t go there (sub req’d). Again, thanks to @jermynation for pointing out that celebrity endorsements from Professor Big Shot aren’t necessary in cover letters either. Big Shot has told you that your work is amazing (and they really meant it), just keep your fingers crossed that the stars align and we send it to them to review. Individual journals may have specific requirements regarding the cover letter's contents, so please consult the individual journal's Guide for Authors. A cover letter is a simple, brief business letter, designed to introduce your manuscript to a prospective Editor.
Tips for Writing Better Science Papers The Cover Letter. It always puzzles me when there is no cover letter… Ditto for the introduction paragraph(s) from the paper – these don’t belong in the cover letter either. Ditto for the concluding paragraph(s) from the paper – you get the picture by now. When your cover letter launches into the carefully reasoned explanation of why in the cover letter, but you know what, it’s just polite to update your cover letter and it means that you don’t get the editor worrying about how closely you’ve been paying attention to the paper and the science itself (not just the cover letter). (UPDATED later in the day this entry was first posted to add a few more points following some Twitter conversation – also, for some great (tongue-in-cheek) examples of what not to do, look at #overlyhonestcoverletters! Do not leverage buzzwords, and avoid clichés like the plague. The Cover Letter Often overlooked in submissions, your cover letter is your chance to talk directly to the editor and to highlight all the most important results of your research. It can either make a great first impression or leave the editor uninspired, so it is a fantastic opportunity to make the editor sit up and take notice of your paper!
Writing a Cover Letter For Your Scientific Manuscript This is your 10 minutes alone in a room with the editor, making your case for why she/he should care about the work. This means not just copying the abstract of your paper and dropping it word-for-word into the cover letter. American Journal Experts. The cover letter is your chance to lobby on behalf of your manuscript. The letter is far from just a formality and should be written with the same care as your manuscript’s text if not more. Ultimately, your cover letter is designed to influence the decision of the editor to send your manuscript out for peer review.
Cover Letter Template Cover Letters For Journal. Did you update the supplementary information statement? (Thanks to @jermynation for reminding me about this one on Twitter). The cover letter should also explain to the editor why your work is perfect for their journal and why it will be of interest to the journal’s readership. A well-written cover letter can help your manuscript to reach the next stage of the process; being sent out for peer review. It’s therefore worth spending some time on your letter, to make sure it’s going to be effective.
How to Write the Best Journal Submission Cover Letter Wordvice Some journals allow you to name referees/nemeses who you’d rather we didn’t send your precious bundle of joy to – if this list gets too long or excludes everyone else who works in the same area, however, it tends to activate the big flashing red light (with really loud siren) installed in most editorial offices*. BONUS: You remembered to update your cover letter and make sure it matches the journal that you are *now* submitting to. Essential information Editor’s name when known Name of the journal to which you are submitting. Your manuscript’s title. Article type review, research, case study, etc. Submission date. Brief background of your study and the research question you sought to answer. Brief overview of methodology used.
Three Cover Letter Templates to Journal Editors - Journal. If you’re going to refer to the editor of the journal by name in your cover letter, make sure you’ve got the correct editor name/journal name/journal office address combo. Probably best to spend more time on why your work is so great than on why everyone else’s work in this area sucks. If you’re going to give a list of particular sub-disciplines in your field where you think people will find your paper interesting (this seems to happen in chemistry a fair bit), explain *why* you think they will find the work interesting. Editors will almost certainly not choose a group of referees (there must be a better collective noun for ‘referees’ than ‘group’ – suggestions welcome in the comments) just from your suggestions, but they do provide a helpful starting point – it also makes it clear to the editor that you are aware of the community that is working in the areas of research described in your paper. Three Cover Letter Templates to Journal Editors Each cover letter is unique, and those addressed to journal editors by scientists and academics when they submit their writing for publication are no exception. As an opportunity to present original research in the best possible light, a cover letter is indispensible for persuading a busy editor that a manuscript is worthy of peer review.