Preparing to Submit an Academic Article

The spring is often a very busy time for academics preparing manuscripts, conference articles, or reports prior to heading off for summer fieldwork or academic meetings. To showcase your research clearly, it is best to be certain the language used is clear, free from errors, and correctly formatted. To help you submit the best possible document, be sure to refer to the formatting guidelines detailed by your target journal as well as refer to this pre-submission checklist.

Pre-submission Checklist

Abstract

  1. Spelling and punctuation errors are corrected

  2. Abstract is within the required word count

  3. Abstract can stand alone from the text

  4. Abbreviations are avoided

  5. Scientific names are italicized

Body

  1. Spelling and punctuation errors are corrected

  2. All journal rules were followed

  3. Internal citations pair with the citations in the Literature Cited

  4. Abbreviations are listed at first use

  5. Scientific names are italicized

  6. Numbers one through nine are written out, except as part of a measurement

  7. Abbreviations are not used at the start of sentences

  8. Numbers at the start of sentences are written out

  9. All information is appropriately cited

Citations

  1. Spelling and punctuation errors are corrected

  2. All journal rules were followed

  3. Internal citations pair with the citations in the Literature Cited

  4. Scientific names are italicized

Figures/Tables/Graphs

  1. Spelling and punctuation are corrected

  2. All journal rules were followed

  3. Figures/Tables/Graphs can stand alone from the text

  4. Abbreviations are defined

  5. Scientific names are italicized

Initial Cover Letter

  1. Spelling and punctuation errors are corrected

  2. Scientific names are italicized

  3. Includes suggested reviewers if required by journal

Resubmission Cover Letter

  1. Spelling and punctuation errors are corrected

  2. Comments were sufficiently addressed

  3. Line numbers are correct

  4. Scientific names are italicized

 

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