5 tips for using online submissions systems

A little preparation goes a long way

Peer review co-ordinatorSubmitting to a journal using an online submission system can seem like a daunting task. However, a little preparation goes a long way and our top 5 tips for using online submissions systems will help to ensure that your paper makes its way through peer review as swiftly as possible.

1) Have you checked the journal’s Aims and Scope?

The Aims and Scope will help you to identify the most appropriate journal for your work. All papers are subject to initial screening by the editor, and this will help increase the chance of your paper making it to peer review.

2) Have any co-author details to hand before beginning your submission.

Having the email addresses, titles, institutions, and ORCiDs (if applicable) of your co-authors ready in advance will speed up the submission process for you. Delays will also occur if incorrect information is provided.

3) Ensure that you upload a copy of your paper with a title page.

This must reflect the same author names that you have provided in the system, and should include any contact details and institutions.

4) Do some research into the blinding process of your chosen journal.

If the journal uses a double-blind review process, it’s essential that you upload an anonymous copy of your manuscript for blinded peer review in addition to the full named copy of your manuscript.

5) Provide a point-by-point response to any reviewer comments, and highlight where changes have occurred when submitting a revision.

This can significantly help editors and reviewers to assess revised papers; enabling them to come to a decision on revised papers as quickly as possible. Be careful not to include your name if the journal operates a blinded review process though.

Further resources: read a step-by-step guide to submitting your paper using ScholarOne Manuscripts.


Suzannah Downie is a Peer Review Coordinator in the Taylor & Francis Electronic Editorial Systems team. Her role involves providing support and assistance to editors, authors and referees across a number of journals. She is also responsible for the implementation and supervision of external Editorial Office contacts at various Taylor & Francis journals, and for helping to maintain peer review best practice in accordance with the Committee of Publishing Ethics guidelines.