What makes a good research paper?

Publishing your journal article is an exciting result of months or years of hard work. But research that results in important finding does not always guarantee publication success.

You also need to make sure that your manuscript is well-written and meets the high-quality standard expected by leading journals.

Follow this guide to make sure your journal article is properly prepared to improve your chances of publication. 

Key services for you

You can choose these services even if you aren’t submitting your paper to a Taylor & Francis journal.

Common problems to avoid in your research manuscript 

There are some concerns to watch out for when you are preparing your research manuscript:

  • Poor quality of writing: Your manuscript could be addressing an interesting idea but if your writing does not meet publishing standards, reviewers may not focus on the research.
  • Mistakes and errors in your draft: Tiredness of the mind and eyes can create opportunity for mistakes. Make sure your journal article is properly edited and proofread. Take breaks and have someone else read your work to identify mistakes you missed.
  • Language barrier: There is an increase in pressure to write and publish work in English language. Translating your paper to English can help to create opportunity for international recognition, career progression and continuity of research.
  • Common language errors: High quality research deserves clear writing. Think from a reader’s perspective to avoid using complex language.

You may be on a deadline but submitting a manuscript that isn’t ready for submission will cost you more time in the long term.

There are experts who can make sure your manuscript meets international standards of scholarly English. Taylor & Francis Editing services will help make sure your manuscript is free of grammatical, spelling, and other common language errors.

How your manuscript structure affects acceptance

The structure of a research article is key because:

  1. A good structure can make it easier for readers to understand your work. 
  2. A logical flow can help tell the story of your research, so readers and reviewers get excited about the subject matter.
  3. When your peers understand your work, it helps to verify your contribution to the field and makes it more likely your article will be cited.

It is important to focus your journal article on a target message. You should present this logically through the structure of your article. Manuscripts can be rejected during peer review because of poor structure, a weak argument, or other factors that may have been overlooked.

Evaluate all sections of your article to increase the chance of acceptance in your target journal. This will help to strengthen the position of your research argument. A quality research article usually requires input from multiple people – peers, supervisors, expert editors. 

For more confidence about the quality of your paper

Expert scientific editing provides practical recommendations to improve your manuscript. This could be the difference between rejection and acceptance.

Understand the editorial process

It’s during the editorial process that the decisions are made whether to publish your journal article. This is when you deal with editors and peer reviewers. The process will assess the validity, significance, and originality of your work. There are a few things you can do to improve the chances of acceptance and publication. 

What to do before you submit 

As well as checking your manuscript for grammar, language quality, and structure, it’s also important to make sure it meets the requirements of the journal you’ve chosen to submit to.

Make sure:

Pre-submission support

Taylor & Francis Editing services offer a full range of pre-submission services to help identify and solve problems that may lead to manuscript rejection.

Specific technical input

Navigate your resubmission with ease.

What to expect after you submit 

It is common for editors and reviewers to have suggestions on how you can improve your paper. Straightforward recommendations require minor changes. Some may require extensive changes before your journal article can be accepted for publication.

Responding to reviewers’ comments can be a demanding experience. Take time to understand what is required. 

Make sure all reviewer and editor comments are discussed in your revisions. Comments you do not agree with will require explanations. Explain why you haven’t chosen to make the change when you resubmit.

Subject specific experts are available to help. Taylor & Francis Rapid Technical Review experts will work with you to navigate this challenging part of the publishing process.

Why researchers trust us

“I use Taylor & Francis Editing Services for risk minimization against rejection. I can see how improved my manuscript became in structure and use of English.”

Benyaphorn Paopongchuang , Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology 
Thammasat University

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English editing

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Manuscript formatting

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