When you submit your article to a journal, you often need to include a cover letter.
This is a good opportunity to highlight to the journal’s editor what makes your research new and important. The cover letter should also explain to the editor why your work is perfect for their journal and why it will be of interest to the journal’s readership.
A well-written cover letter can help your manuscript to reach the next stage of the process; being sent out for peer review. It’s therefore worth spending some time on your letter, to make sure it’s going to be effective.
Before you start to write though, please check the instructions for authors (IFAs) of your chosen journal, as not all journals require a cover letter.
You should also check the IFAs for any specific information to include in your cover letter. You may, for example, need to confirm in the cover letter that the research paper is all your own original work and state whether there is any potential conflict of interest.
Cover letter template
If your chosen journal simply requires a standard cover letter then you can download and use our sample cover letter as a guide:
*(this will download a Word document)
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