Writing a scholarly article that is of high quality requires more than just structuring an outline and informing the reader. Here are a 14 tips for preparing your article for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Checklist for a High Quality Journal Article
1. Have a focus and a vision for your research paper
The key to successfully publishing a high-quality article is to “get a vision”–a reason and purpose for writing a paper in the first place. Once you have a vision for your research, it may be useful for you to write it down and keep it in constant view to remind you of your mission.
2. Decide on the type of academic article you want to write
There are so many options for you to select from when you are considering the prospect of publishing an scholarly article in an open access academic journal.
For writing an academic article, you can choose from different types, such as: Empirical research, Conceptual / Theoretical articles, Teaching notes, Review papers, Field research, Technical reports, Case studies and analyses, Industry reports and reviews, Book reviews, Commentaries.
Also, you have to examine if an academic journal publishes these kinds of papers because not all publishing outlets support all of these types.
At Expert Journals, we publish all types of scientific articles because all of them contribute to enhancing knowledge in a certain field.
Find out more on the general conventions of academic writing for a high quality research paper.
3. Title, abstract, keywords
These aspects are very important because they summarize your research paper.
The title, abstract and keywords should:
– be optimized to reflect the main research questions and purpose of your paper,
– exhibit publishing trends in a particular field of study, in terms of the concepts used by other Researchers to find papers similar to your article.
Also, if applicable, you may have to add JEL classification codes, for a better targeting of your research paper.
4. Concise introduction
Make sure the introduction of your paper is clear and makes a compelling statement of the academic article’s purpose and research questions that will be approached.
5. Comprehensive literature review
The literature review of your article should offer a conceptual grounding of the research question(s) you will approach in your theoretical or empirical article.
Learn more about writing a valuable literature review outline and format.
6. Hypotheses or research questions
The research questions or hypotheses you will be discussing and exploring in your academic article, have to be clearly-stated, meaningful for the research framework, and they should also benefit of a logical flow throughout the organization, structure, and substance of your journal article.
7. Research methodology
The methodology or design of the research paper has to be clearly presented in terms of the sample used, the procedures/ measures/statistics that are relevant in the context of the academic article and offer enough information for other academics and researchers to replicate in future studies that add value to the main subject of your paper.
Also, this section(s) of your academic article should present readers with enough information that they trust your research methods and your findings for future research dissemination.
8. Tables and figures
These visual representations of your study should be used to speed comprehension of the entire academic article.
Tables, figures, graphs should add value to the main text of your research, should visually inform and summarize the research for a better understanding.
9. Discussion of results, and overall conclusions
This section of your academic article should offer broader perspectives of the research paper, both in terms of summary of the paper, and theoretical contributions of the research to general and specific knowledge subjects.
In this final part of the paper, it is also important that you include future directives of research and practice, possible or actual limitations of your study, practical (or managerial) implications that can improve a certain process.
10. Clear writing
A good academic idea is complemented by clear writing that makes the research easy to understand by different types of readership.
11. Check Author’s Guidelines for the considered academic journal
Be sure to look at, and follow, the academic journal’s instructions for authors, which will be on the journal’s website.
These guidelines will contain important information about length, style, and format of the academic article, topics it publishes, and how to submit the paper online or otherwise.
This is an important step because, as editors, we come across many papers that are not submitted in the right journal, namely they do not reflect the topic of the academic journal and are, consequently, rejected.
12. Use the correct style and reference system
For your reference list and your in-text citation, you have to comply to different referencing styles, such as Harvard referencing system, APA, Vancouver, Chicago. To complete a high quality journal article, you have to check the journal’s instructions and modify your citations and bibliography to reflect a certain corresponding style.
13. Make sure you have permission to use of copyrighted material from other sources
You, the author, are responsible for securing the necessary permissions for the material you use in your academic article, such as quotes, pictures, or figures. These permissions particularly relate to materials from the Web.
14. Proofread your article before submitting it to any academic journal
Examine your article’s text carefully to detect and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling. By proofreading your work you will be able to submit a manuscript that reflects a higher level of journal quality.
Which tips for high quality academic writing do you find important?
Do you have any other tips for Authors and Academics to follow when writing a high quality journal article for publication in an academic journal? Expand on the them in the comments section.