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Frequently asked questions

Top 10 answers from the Taylor & Francis Author Services team

Frequently asked questionsThe Taylor & Francis Author Services team is on hand to answer any questions you may have as you navigate the process of getting your article published in an academic journal. You can get in touch with them using our contact form. But what are the most common queries they receive each week?

The Author Services team share the 11 most frequently asked questions about journal articles (and their time-saving answers).

1. Which journal should I submit my article to?

We can’t tell you which journal will be the perfect fit for your article but our best advice on how to decide which one to submit to is included in the Choosing a journal section of this website. Take the time to research the journals in your field carefully, making use of the aims and scope descriptions which will help you to understand what type of articles different journals are looking for. It’s also a good idea to talk to your supervisor, colleagues, and friends and ask them for recommendations.

You might also like to try our Journal Suggester, a new artificial intelligence which we’re testing in beta. Paste your article abstract into the Suggester to receive a list of related journals to consider.

2. I am considering submitting to a Taylor & Francis journal. What is its Impact Factor and how long does the peer review process take?

Journal metrics, such as citation information, peer review speeds, and acceptance rate can be useful quantitative tools for helping you decide where to submit your manuscript. However, each metric has its limitations so should never be considered in isolation. In addition, you must never make a submission decision based solely on publication metrics. There are many other qualitative aspects of a journal you should consider. These include its aims & scope, readership, and the material it publishes. For help on using data to choose a journal for submission, please read our guide to understanding journal metrics.

You can find a range of metrics for the journals you’re considering submitting to by visiting Taylor & Francis Online. Navigate to a journal you’re interested in and, in the About this journal menu, select Journal metrics. This will take you to a dashboard displaying a range of available metrics for your chosen journal, such as usage and citation metrics (including the journal’s Impact Factor, if it has one). Some journals also display publication speeds and acceptance rate.

3. I am currently writing an article. What is the maximum word count?

Maximum word counts vary by journal, and can be found on each journal’s instructions for authors page. You can find this page by visiting the homepage of the journal you want to submit to (using the search on Taylor & Francis Online is the quickest way to find that) and then click on the Instructions for authors tab. If a word limit is not specified you can assume that the editors do not have a strong preference. However, you should still write your article in a concise way, leaving out anything which is unnecessary.

4. Do I need permission to use third party material in my article?

Yes, you must obtain written permission to include material that is owned and held in copyright by a third party. For full details about what material this includes and how to get permission, read our comprehensive guide to using third-party material in your article.

5. Where can I find a Word or LaTeX template to help me write my article?

Although many of our journals have basic elements of style in common, each journal can have its own specific formatting. You will usually need to format your article ready for submission. To make this easier, Word and (if available) LaTeX templates are available for many of our journals, ready for you to download and apply to your document. You can find links to these on your chosen journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online under ‘Instructions for authors’. Each version of the template has its own instructions file, which explains how to save and use it.

However, an increasing number of Taylor & Francis journals have format-free submission, which means that, as long as your article is consistent and includes everything necessary for review, you can submit work without needing to worry about formatting your manuscript to meet that journal’s requirements. The ‘Instructions for authors’ for your chosen journal will tell you whether it operates format-free submission.

6. How do I submit my article?

The submission process can vary by journal but full instructions on how to submit can be found in the ‘Instructions for authors’ section of the journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online. Before you submit, it’s a good idea to read our submission checklist and tick the items off to make sure you’ve included everything you need to.

7. Will I have to pay a submission fee or publication fee?

Most of our journals don’t have a submission fee or publication fee. However, there may sometimes be a charge for printing your figures in color. The ‘Instructions for authors’ page on Taylor & Francis Online for the journal you are submitting to will include details of any fees you will need to pay.

If you’re submitting to a fully open access (OA) journal, there is likely to be an article publishing charge (APC) if your submission is accepted for publication. You can find the APC for any Taylor & Francis journal using our OA cost finder.

8. My article is currently in peer review. What is its status?

If you submitted your article to a journal which uses an online system, such as Submission Portal, ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager, you should be able to view the status of your article in your Author Centre. You can find a link to the relevant Author Centre on the journal’s ‘Instructions for Authors’ page on Taylor & Francis Online.

Our submission system guides have lots of helpful information, including how to check the status of your submitted article:

Guide to using ScholarOne Manuscripts
Guide to using Submission Portal
Guide to using Editorial Manager

You can also send an email directly to the journal Editorial Office from the submission system if you have any queries about your manuscript.

9. My article is in production, or has recently been published, and I have a question. Who do I contact?

Your Production Editor should be the first person you contact for any queries. They will be able to help you with questions about proofs, the status of your article, and the likely publication date. They can also advise you if you have spotted an error or if a correction is needed.

You can find the details of your Production Editor in the latest e-mail from our Central Article Tracking System (CATS). If you have not yet received a welcome e-mail from CATS, that means the journal’s editor has not yet entered your article into Production.

10. How can I share my published article?

Once you’ve published in a Taylor & Francis or Routledge journal, there are many ways you can share different versions of your article with colleagues and peers. Our guide to sharing your work includes an infographic to illustrate the versions of your article and how you can share them. Also have a look at these quick tips on how to highlight your published work to ensure it makes an impact. For any questions about what copyright is and how it affects you, see our guide Copyright and you.

11. My article has been published but I’ve spotted an error. What should I do? 

You’ll first need to read our corrections policy to understand what type of corrections we will make at what stages of publication. If you think that your error warrants a correction according to that policy then please contact your Production Editor. Find their name and e-mail address in the latest e-mail you received from our Central Article Tracking System (CATS).