By the time you’re ready to submit your paper to a journal, there are a lot of things you’ll need to have checked, understood, and incorporated into your article.
We’ve created this checklist to help you make sure that you don’t miss anything important, both in writing and preparing your paper, and when you’re using a submission system. This can speed up the submission process and avoid potential obstacles in receiving a decision from the journal editor(s).
Click the image to download your own copy, or follow the steps in the checklists below.
Choosing a journal
Is your article a good fit for the target journal?
Check by reading the aims and scope of the journal, and look at recently published articles.
What are the open access options?
If you want to publish open access, check that the journal offers the option you want. Our open access cost finder is a useful tool to research what’s on offer. You should also check whether your research funder’s policy requires you to make your work open access.
We’ve got lots more guidance on choosing a journal so you can double check you’re targeting the right one before making your submission.
Writing your paper
Have you read the instructions for authors (IFAs)?
The IFAs will tell you everything that the editorial board will be expecting to see in your paper, including word counts and style guides.
Are you familiar with the Taylor & Francis Editorial Policies?
The Editorial Policies apply to all Taylor & Francis journals, and all authors should read them before submitting.
Is your article easy to read? Check that: • Your article has a logical structure • You’ve clearly described your research methodology and approach • You’ve used clear, accessible language
It can be helpful to ask a friend or peer to read through your paper and make suggestions that will improve its clarity.
Have you cited sources appropriately to support any claims made in the article?
Take a look at our policy on citations.
Have you written an effective title and abstract?
The title and abstract are your chance to grab a potential reader’s attention. Find out how to make your title and abstract more effective.
Have you identified 5-6 appropriate keywords?
Keywords help relevant readers find your article online. Find out how to make your article more discoverable.
For more detailed information to help you construct a great article, visit the Writing your paper section of Author Services.
Do you know which submission system the journal uses?
The IFA for your chosen journal will tell you which system they use. Then read our guides to using: ScholarOne Manuscripts Editorial Manager Submission Portal
Do you need or want to share research data associated with your article?
Read all about data sharing in our extensive guide.
Is your article formatted following the journal’s guidelines?
Check what’s required in the IFAs and our manuscript layout guide. You might be able to use one of our downloadable templates or the journal may accept format-free submission
Have you included all references in your reference section?
Tip: Use a split screen to check the main text against the reference list.
Do you have the correct files ready to upload?
This can vary depending on what type of peer review is used. For double-blind peer review, an anonymized version of your article will be needed.
Have you written an effective cover letter?
The cover letter is an important way for you to explain to the journal’s editor why your paper is a good fit and should be considered for publication. Read our guidance and download a cover letter template.
Do you have written permission for any third-party materials you’ve included?
Read our guidance on when you’ll need to seek written permission for third-party material.
Have you included the name and affiliation of any co-authors?
Read our guide to defining authorship.
Have you included your ORCiD?
ORCiD is a unique identifier that links together all your published work. Read about how to create an ORCiD and include it with your submission. You can also add ORCiD information for your co-authors.
Have you included a disclosure statement and declared any competing interests?
It is important to be transparent about any potential competing interests (also known as conflicts of interest). Find out about the different types of competing interests and how to declare them.
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