While the peer review process for journals can vary, it typically follows the pattern described below.
Very few articles are accepted without revisions. Being asked to revise your work is a foundational practice in scholarly publishing, and often results in the work being stronger after it has undergone review.
You’ve written an article, and now you need to find a home for it. Understanding the publishing landscape of an academic field can be challenging for scholars who do not have established professional networks, for those who are seeking to publish in different venues than their mentors and advisors have used in the past, and for those whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries. The following questions can help you to identify appropriate journals in your field:
After you have identified some appropriate journals in your field, you'll want to narrow down your options to select the best place to submit your article. For each possible journal, consider the following:
Once you have decided to submit your work to a particular journal, make sure your submission meets its basic requirements. Nearly all journals include instructions for authors. Read them carefully and follow specific instructions such as word limits, preferred citation styles, document formatting, file types, etc. If you're not certain where you'd like to submit but you have a target publication in mind, start working from their requirements in order to prevent headaches later on.
In addition, have friends and colleagues read your work and provide feedback before you submit. A fresh pair of eyes can be incredibly helpful for spotting mistakes and areas in need of improvement.
Below are resources that provide suggestions and guidelines for responding to reviewer feedback: