Longwoods Blog

Here we are the week after Thanksgiving. Fall is in its full glory – and Ania and I are buried in manuscripts! An awful lot of you spent your summer holidays in front of your computers. That’s not a complaint. We’ve received some excellent and exciting material over the past few weeks. But with six journals, two newsletters and a range of special projects to manage between the two of us, you may appreciate how busy it can be.  (See “Publications” at www.longwoods.com for descriptions of the journals.)

So, if you’re thinking about submitting a paper to one of our journals, we have some suggestions that we’ll share with you over the next few weeks. We can’t absolutely guarantee success if you follow these guidelines, but we can promise a good start to the editor-author relationship.

Tip #1. Longwoods publishes for readers. The first and foremost consideration in evaluating a manuscript is, “Does this have value for readers?” “Will they learn something?” “Will the ideas in this paper help our readers make decisions/do their jobs/develop policy more easily?” And perhaps most important – “Is this new?” Of course, “new” can be an ambiguous concept; but one way to determine if your idea meets that criterion is to do a quick search on our website. Have a look at previous papers that we’ve published on the topic. Does your idea add to the discussion, or does it re-examine material that we’ve already covered? For extra bonus points, include the “new” angle in your cover letter. Tell us how your paper brings a novel take to what we’ve previously published.

If you show us that you’ve done some homework and understand what we’re looking for, your submission will stand out in the crowd. Remember, first impressions count.

And now, back to manuscripts …


This entry was posted on Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 9:56 am and is filed under Longwoods Online.