Frequently asked questions

Making your submission

Where can I find details on preparing and submitting my article?

You can find information on preparing and submitting your article on the journal’s instruction for authors’ page.

What should I include in my cover letter?

There is some key information to include in your cover letter like the editor’s name, your manuscript title, the name of the journal you are submitting to, brief description of your research.

Read more in our guide to writing a cover letter for your journal submission, where you can also download our cover letter template.

How do I submit an article?

The submission process will 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.

Do I have to pay a submission fee or publication fee?

No, most of our journals don’t have submission fee or publication fee. Though, there may be a charge for printing your figures in color. Read the instructions for authors page on Taylor & Francis Online for the journal you are submitting to for details on any fees you may need to pay.

Can I submit my conference paper to a journal?

Yes, conference papers that have been presented and published in conference proceedings can be submitted for consideration to any of our journals.

However, make clear to the journal editorial team that a version of the manuscript is already in the public domain and available through conference proceedings in your cover letter. Also find out the copyright status of the conference proceedings, should your paper be successful. You may need to seek permission to reproduce a version of the work.

What is an artwork in a journal paper?

This is a visual within your paper to improve the understanding of your research. Artwork can take many forms such as graphs, figures, tables, or photographs.

How do I submit electronic artwork?

Before you begin, check if the journal you are submitting to uses Submission PortalScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager.

If you are using ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager to submit your manuscript, you should upload your artwork as separate files, along with the main text and any supporting files. If the preferred submission method for the journal is email, you should provide the files via a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site such as DropBox or ZendTo, preferably compressed as a .zip file.

Check the individual journal’s instructions for authors for information on the preferred submission method. You can also read our guide on how to submit your electronic artwork for more information.

Are graphical abstracts mandatory?

A graphical abstract is mandatory for some journals, and for others it may be optional or may not be accepted at all. Check the instructions for authors on your journal’s homepage on Taylor & Francis Online to make sure.

Should I use an ORCiD?

It is not mandatory to use an ORCiD, but we do encourage all our authors to supply one. Here’s a guide on how to include an ORCiD in your online submission to a Taylor & Francis journal.

Can I submit my paper if I’ve already uploaded it to a preprint server?

Yes, if you do decide to upload your AOM to a non-commercial preprint server, you can subsequently submit the manuscript to a Taylor & Francis or Routledge journal. We do not consider posting on a preprint server to be a duplicate publication and this will not jeopardize consideration for publication.

Submission portal FAQ

What is Submission Portal?

The Taylor & Francis Submission Portal is designed to offer the ultimate online submission experience, saving researchers time to focus on their research. A manuscript can be submitted in a matter of minutes, via a few simple screens. 

How do I upload a paper to Taylor & Francis Submission Portal?

  1. Check if the journal you are submitting to uses Submission Portal by visiting the journal homepage on Taylor & Francis Online

  2. If the journal uses this system, use the link embedded in the instructions for authors page or click the ‘submit an article’ button on the journal homepage

  3. Once logged in, the Submission Portal guides you through the submission questions that will help you upload your paper

  4. You can preview the experience for authors with our step-by-step guide

Do I need a Submission Portal account?

Yes, you need a Submission Portal account if you plan to submit a manuscript to a journal that uses the system.

What should I do if I cannot log into Submission Portal?

Please fill in this contact form and your query will be assigned to the right person and dealt with swiftly.

Article transfer service FAQ

What is the Article Transfer Service?

The article transfer service helps researchers find the right home to publish their work. If their paper is rejected from a journal, authors are offered a range of high quality, relevant alternative journals to submit to. They won’t need to enter all the details into a new submission system, saving time so they can focus on their research.

How do I transfer journals?

The transfer process is meant for papers that editors considered to be unsuitable for the journal they were originally submitted to. If your article is eligible for a transfer, you’ll receive an email suggesting one or more related journals that may be suitable.

Should I accept a journal transfer offer or not?

This is completely your choice. You have the option to submit to one of the suggested journals for consideration or submit your article elsewhere. Make sure you take your time to assess all the suggested journals carefully.

Here is a guide on what you should do after you receive a transfer email.

Can I submit my article to multiple journals?

No, your paper can only be considered by one journal at a time. It is considered unethical to practice duplicate submission. If you receive more than one transfer suggestion, make sure you select the one that’s most appropriate for your article.

Will I receive an immediate decision on my transferred article?

No, we can’t guarantee an immediate decision. This is because your paper will need to be thoroughly assessed by the new journal, which will add to the time it takes before you receive a decision. All articles transferred will be subject to peer review by the journal receiving the paper via the transfer service.

Can I revise my manuscript before transferring?

Yes, we recommend that you revise your manuscript, taking into account any reviewer comments you’ve already received. Before completing your transfer, please replace your manuscript file with the revised version.

We also recommend you upload a file detailing how you’ve responded to the reviewer comments from your original submission, as this will help the new editor assess how you’ve responded to the reviewer comments from your original submission.

Does the suggested journal have an Impact Factor and which indexes is it in?

There are a number of questions to consider before choosing which journal to submit your work to. Indexing and Impact Factors are important for some researchers, but you should also consider a journal’s aims, scope, and readership.

To find this information, please visit the journal’s web page by clicking ‘Find out more’ in the transfer email.

Will I have to pay to publish?

There’s no cost for using the transfer process. However, if the journal you’re transferring your article to is fully open access, publication may be subject to an article publishing charge (APC).

APCs vary by journal and can depend on the type of article you’ve written. You can check the standard APC using our open access cost finder.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Taylor & Francis transfer scheme?

If you have any further questions about the Taylor & Francis transfer scheme, please contact us.

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