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Publication Coach: How to prepare a great journal submission package

What will you learn?

  1. Reasons for desk rejection and how you can avoid them
  2. Understand what journal editors are looking for
  3. The importance of a robust submission package
  4. The key elements of a journal submission package
  5. Author responsibilities and ethical publication practices
  6. How to use the downloadable submission checklist


Course Description

Are you preparing your paper for submission to the journal? Are you worried that your manuscript may face desk rejection? With well-paced micro lessons, delivered straight to your email inbox, this course helps you understand why you need to make sure that your paper is absolutely submission-ready. It will also help you with detailed tips on how you can go about putting together a robust submission package. Your publication coach will share detailed tips that cover each aspect of manuscript finalization and submission – right from how to run final checks on your manuscript to writing an effective cover letter, which will help you confidently submit your work to the journal. The free, downloadable checklist at the end will help you quickly assess the submission-readiness of your paper.


What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: The next step after manuscript writing

Lecture 2: Writing a pre-submission enquiry

Lecture 3: Preparing an awesome journal submission package

Lecture 4: The importance of proofreading and running final checks

Lecture 5: Why you need to format your manuscript

Lecture 6: The importance of the Title, Abstract, and Keywords

Lecture 7: Understanding the visual elements in your manuscript

Lecture 8: The responsibilities of the corresponding author

Lecture 9: Getting authorship right

Lecture 10: More about references and citations

Lecture 11: Preparing a cover letter for submission

Lecture 12: Knowing what journal editors look for

Lecture 13: Making sure you follow ethical publication practices

Lecture 14: Apply your learnings with a free manuscript submission checklist


Our success stories

I am very pleased with this information and your kindness to offer help in research publishing. The target journal is well known for my research field.


Publication Coach Series

The Publication Coach series is a one-of-a-kind course series where short, micro lessons are delivered via email every other day. More than 100,000 learners have benefitted from these courses and found the simple, engaging and bite-sized style extremely empowering. It proves that in just 2-5 mins per day, you can master a new skill with our expert tips and advice that help make learning a habit. The best part, is you can access the emails in your inbox for reference whenever needed. Subscribe to the All Access Pass now to turn this into an interactive course, where you can chat with your publication coach over email.


Your Instructor


Jayashree Rajagopalan
Jayashree Rajagopalan

I am Jayashree Rajagopalan and I am a Senior Writer and Editor at Editage Insights. I am passionate about scholarly publishing and about helping researchers communicate their discoveries to the world. I create useful resources to help researchers navigate their academic life and publication journey. I develop informative and educational videos, Infographics, puzzles, SlideShare presentations, and learning resources (like this course) on various aspects of academic research and publishing. I also interview experienced researchers and publishing professionals to help researchers understand best publication practices and write about various aspects of academic research and publishing.

I have earned two Master’s Degrees, one in English Literature from Mumbai University, India, and another in Children’s Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My experience as an academic editor at Editage has led me to develop a first-hand understanding of the publication needs of and challenges faced by authors. And the experience of working on my own research during my postgraduate degree gave me a taste of a researcher’s life and struggles – from preparing a research paper and building a strong academic network to liaising with journal editors and publishing a journal article. Some of my published works include infographics on reasons for manuscript rejection and tips to help researchers choose the right journal for their paper; SlideShare presentations on 10 Ways to reduce word count in research papers and the types of articles journals publish; videos on career fair mistakes researchers make and open access myths; and interviews with Nobel Laureate Takaaki Kajita and Dr. Jonas Ranstam, the world’s most prolific peer reviewer. I have also authored a paper on Indian children’s cinema titled Heal the World, Make It a Better Place: Social and Individual Hope in Indian Children’s Cinema (DOI: 10.1353/bkb.2013.0020). Outside work, I am aficionado of comics, superhero sagas, children’s literature, and several types of visual art.


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