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Another Perspective on Publishing: Keeping the Editor Happy
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by Randolph A. Smith - Ouachita Baptist University
Category: Editorials & Invited Articles
This article presents information from an editor’s perspective about submitting manuscripts to journals. Authors should know the journal to which they submit, read and follow directions, respond to reviews, and bide their time after submitting their manuscript.
Previous articles in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research have presented various perspectives on submitting manuscripts to the journal. For example, Brownlow (1997) answered the basic question “Why take the extra step to get your research published?” (p. 83) by enumerating the rewards that undergraduates can expect from publishing. Miller (1997) presented information about the process of writing for publication, particularly advising authors to take seriously the process of revision. He provided some valuable insights from the viewpoint of reviewers who read and make comments on a submitted manuscript. Clark (1997) offered helpful pointers about how to prune an honors thesis or senior project into a manuscript ready for submission to a journal. Her article gave some insight into the faculty advisor’s role in the thesis/project-to-manuscript process. In this article, I will give you some advice from the perspective of a journal editor. Knowing what the editor’s role is in the editorial/review process and what the editor looks for may prove valuable as you prepare your manuscript for submission. It is probably important for you...