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Scientific Manuscript Application- Importance of the Cover Letter

Scientific Manuscript Application- Importance of the Cover LetterYou have spent months compiling research. Participants were sourced, extensive samples collected and countless hours spent scrutinizing over data to ensure that your results were interpreted correctly; so now it’s time to get that research published.

You have found your target journal, so now all that stands between you and thousands of readers is the scientific manuscript application process. This is where the cover letter comes into play. It allows you to really sell your manuscript and with publication space being limited, it’s important that time is spent perfecting it.

Our Top Tips:

1.    Benefit the Journal
How will your research benefit the journal- This will be the editor’s main question when reading your application. A better manuscript means a higher number of references, in turn increasing the journal impact factor. With this in mind show a need for your research by highlighting a particular problem within your field. Next focus on the study findings and the conclusions you have come to, noting how it solves the aforementioned problems. Think about your wording, incorporating sentences such as: ‘to our knowledge this is the first report showing…’ or ‘we believe our findings would appeal to the readership of [journal title]…’

2.    Remember Your Audience
You have chosen the journal because it is highly relevant to your chosen area; the readership will be knowledgeable on said subject and will have likely carried out research of their own.  On the other hand, the editors look at research papers for a variety of different therapeutic areas and cannot be experts in all fields. Explain how your research will impact the field in a non-technical, not too scientific manner so that the point of your research can be understood. This will allow editors to easily understand the impact of your research without having to spend too much time deciphering through technical jargon, meaning they may be more open to including your research.

3.    Keep Research in Context
Editors may not always know the impacts that a subtle difference in methods can make; therefore don’t be afraid to explain how your methods are an advancement or progression over previous research methods. Whilst this is encouraged, do not over-interpret or sell your results, this will most likely be detrimental to your manuscript submission as your judgement may be placed under question.

4.    Follow the Rules
Different journals have different submission requirements, therefore read these in detail beforehand and make sure you follow their guidelines. For example, does the journal have any particular disclosures or specific statements they wish you to include? Following on from this, it is best practice to let the editors know that your research has not yet been, nor is it currently being considered for publication in any other journal. Also note that all authors involved agree to the publication.

We hope that the above points have helped guide your letter in the right direction. The Randox Research division would like to wish you luck in your research studies and hopes to see your published work soon.

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