Ten tips for publishing SCI papers
one SCI papers are not as difficult to write as expected
1. Be familiar with your major and experimental methods; We should respect the results, face the results from facts, and read more literature before writing, especially recent foreign literature. Believe that the results of correct experiments can be interpreted and published.
2. For the first writer, "transcription" is inevitable, the beauty of "transcription" skills. Research articles of the same nature, the writing format is small, so the format can be "copied". Common sentence patterns can be copied flexibly. Some descriptive, concluding sentences try to express and summarize in your own language if you understand them. But do not copy the original sentence that you do not understand, otherwise, the small joke will be full of jokes, and the big one will ruin the future of the article.
3. Try to use vocabulary you know well. Don't deliberately use flowery, rarely used, or rare words.
4. Be willing to invest your energy and time.
5. Once your essay is written, be sure to ask a mentor, boss, co-author, or colleague to review it.
two How to submit
Which journal a paper goes to is actually a matter of learning. Generally, it depends on the novelty and creativity of the subject, the completeness and reliability of the experimental results and the quality of the paper writing. If you have enough time (more than 1 year) etc., it is best to invest in a magazine higher than your target magazine, even Lance t, NEJM,JAMA, etc. These journals either reject manuscripts outright or reject them after they are submitted for review (and a few accept them directly). The former is generally completed in less than a week, the latter in 1-2 months. So even if you reject the paper, you have nothing to lose, and you may receive very constructive comments or suggestions. You know, the reviewers for this magazine are not just people. When they point out the "weakness" of the paper, they often make many good suggestions for improving the paper. If you do not have time to wait, want to make the paper once, and do not want to "marry" your masterpiece, then you must bother to choose. First of all, to correctly judge the content and level of your article, find relevant professional magazines from the database. Then select according to the magazine title, magazine content, IF and annual publication volume. Access to the journal's website and reference to its catalog and published articles are helpful in the selection of the journal.
Three. How do I select reviewers
Many journal editors expect you to recommend 3-4 reviewers, and will most likely send review invitations to the reviewers you recommend. So recommending reviewers is still learned. If the reviewers you recommend are too busy or too "good", they will simply ignore the invitations of ordinary magazines, and your article may not find reviewers in time. In fact, the magazine's requirements for the identity of the reviewer are not too high, but the reviewer must be an expert in a certain profession. As a result, many authors who have published papers in a certain field (I mean English SCI) receive invitation letters for review. Therefore, you don't have to be too "picky" when recommending reviewers.
Suggestions: 1. Recommend foreign authors who have published articles with similar results and conclusions to you; 2. Recommend authors who have cited papers in your paper; 3. Recommend professors or associate professors in the same field that you or your boss knows. In the international influence of some scholars can also, these scholars are not necessarily "cow" people, but deeply respected by foreign academic circles.
Four. About retraction
Some authors need to withdraw their manuscripts for various reasons, but they are worried that the editor will not be happy or even be blacklisted. There is no need to worry. But to be clear, why did you pull it? Is the material method unreliable, the results cannot be repeated, or is there something wrong with the design itself? These are all grounds for retraction. But at present, because of the system, there are many authors who submit more than one article, and when the article is accepted by one journal, the author starts to ask other journals to withdraw the article. This kind of behavior of more than one draft is despised by foreign scholars. Because it wastes a lot of time for editors and reviewers.
Five. How to ask foreign SCI magazine to reduce the page cost
On this issue, there are actually a few tips, you can reduce the use of pictures, color to black and white and so on...
Six papers cast after the fate
After the online submission is completed, the author will be notified of the manuscript immediately. If the Content of the paper is not suitable for the journal, the editor will reply to the rejection more quickly. If there is a problem with the Format, the editorial department will also immediately request Re-subm ission. Otherwise, the author enters a waiting period. Upon receipt of the manuscript, the editor will select 2-3 reviewers (most likely recommended by you) to review the paper. Most of the papers are reviewed anonymously. Foreign reviewers are not full-time staff, and there is no review fee. But they are already established in the field of the "bull" or the field of considerable research but not well known scholars. The former is relatively busy, while the latter considers that the review can also bring their own reputation, so they will conduct the review cautiously. Therefore, it may take a long time for both to complete the review. It is common to wait 2-3 months. Contributors should understand this and be patient. In addition to the time and editing suggested by the receiving notice, the review should generally be given 3 months. If there is still no news, you can urge the editor. Don't push or push too often after a week of submission. This is not only impolite but also will leave a bad impression on the editor. (Remember, there are editors who are less patient than you). Good magazines generally work according to the time rules of the magazine itself. At the end of the review, the author receives the review comments and the decision of the editor - the editor is the arbiter and the final decision maker in the review process. There are essentially four outcomes: Rejection, Re-submission, revision (Major revision) or Minor revision, And Acceptance (direct acceptance or Conditional acceptance upon satisfactory revision).
How to deal with letters from editors
1. The Rejection rate of foreign publications varies from high to low, the rejection rate of magazines with more than 5 points can be as high as 80%, and the rejection rate of general magazines is more than 30%. Therefore, if such a reply is received, the manuscript should be revised according to the review comments, and then submitted to other magazines according to the quality of the revision. Usually to magazines with a lower impact factor. However, if the reviewer makes very constructive comments and suggestions, and you feel that you have answered them adequately and reasonably, you can definitely switch to a better journal.
2. Re-submission: There seemed to be no re-submission more than a decade ago. Not all magazines have this category now. This happens from time to time. Often indicates that the competitiveness of the paper is not enough, or even defective. Additional tests or data are usually required. The opinions of multiple reviewers are also inconsistent, both praise and criticism, and the editor can not decide. So it goes back to the author. At this time, the author should carefully read the opinions and suggestions of the editor and each reviewer, supplement at least one experiment suggested by the reviewer (it is better to supplement all of them), and then answer every question of the reviewer with reasonable evidence. Papers submitted after modification are treated as new submissions, renumbered, and often re-reviewed by the original reviewer or even sent to another set of reviewers for review. However, as long as the comments and suggestions of editors and reviewers are carefully responded to, the papers will mostly be accepted.
3. Major revision or Minor revision Different from revised revision, revised articles are not renumbered, only R1 is added to the original number. In fact, the degree of modification of many magazines' "overhaul" is no less than the above "revision and then investment". Not easy to despise. Again, revised articles are likely to be sent to the original reviewer for review. There is generally a good chance of acceptance. Articles with "minor revisions" are generally accepted in principle, but there are a few areas that require the author to confirm the revision, so it is similar to the "conditional acceptance" of some magazines (see below). with the exception of a few, most journals, especially those of high quality, do not "Accept as it is" a paper submitted for the first time. The best case is "Accepted with or without minor revi sion", which means that the paper is accepted as long as the author agrees to revise or supplement some aspect. However, most accepted papers are accepted after the first revision. Sometimes a second revision is needed. Generally, two revisions are not enough to satisfy the reviewers, and editors often reject the manuscript.
Eight, how to answer the reviewer
How to answer a reviewer (or write a Reply Letter) is an art, and we'll give you some examples in a separate post. Foreign reviewers are obligated and are free to put forward opinions and suggestions according to the quality of the article and their own opinions. The vast majority of foreign reviewers are rigorous in academic research and attach great importance to reputation, which can be said to take reputation as life. When they receive a review request, if they are busy or don't understand your specialty or field, they will decline. However, as long as they agree to review, they generally complete the task of reviewing the manuscript with due diligence. Therefore, when you receive a reviewer's opinion, first of all, you must straighten out your mind and remain calm. Do not use the "bias" mentality to conclude that the reviewer has "bias" and "discrimination". It's hard to do research, and it's hard to get published. But reviewers are also very hard and not easy. They read your work carefully and give you critical opinions and even good advice. If I get blamed for your strong words for a while, then everyone will be angry. You know, it's not that hard to find a reason to reject an article. Therefore, at this time, you must calm down, analyze and understand the reviewer's opinions, and find out where the problem lies.
1. All questions must be answered point by point;
2. Try to meet the supplementary experiments in the suggestions;
3. Don't avoid what you can't meet, and explain the reasonable reasons why you can't do it;
4. For the opinions that you do not agree with, you should also answer tactfully and skillfully, so as to be reasonable and reasonable;
5. References recommended by reviewers must be cited and discussed.
After the paper has been accepted, you will receive a proof sent back by the print editor. Proofs are not allowed to be substantially altered unless there is an error of principle. When correcting the manuscript, I mainly check whether the fund number is written wrong, whether the author's name is written wrong (most magazines do not allow authors to be added or subtracted after submission), and whether the data in the chart is wrong. Some magazine proof after the correction of the manuscript is not allowed to change. There are charges for further changes and delays in publication. Proofs usually need to be sent back to the print editor as soon as possible. When sending the proof, the publisher will ask to fill in the Transfer of Copy Right, and tell you how to pay for the layout fee and how to order a single copy. In the past, most magazines did not charge a page fee. Now, with the popularity of Open access, more magazines do charge a page fee, but at least half of the magazines still do not charge a page fee. Do I need a single copy and how many? In the past, the network was not developed, many colleagues would write letters or postcards to ask for papers, and mailing a single copy was a very popular method. However, at present, there are not many authors asking for papers, and it is easy for authors to get pdf text of their papers from the Internet, and email to those who need it. Generally, the page fee is paid by personal Credit Card or company Purchase Order. Many journals give you the option of sending you an Invoice when your paper is published. Let you pay after the paper is published. Credit cards are widely available, convenient and reliable. Therefore, there is no need to worry about data "theft".
Ten, the matter after the paper is published
Once a paper is published, it should not be withdrawn. In the eyes of many, "retraction" is almost equivalent to "academic misconduct." Therefore, more than one draft or more than one draft also involves integrity issues and should be carefully considered before publishing papers. In addition, after the paper is published, you may receive a request letter from an underdeveloped country or scholar. This shows that someone is interested in your paper, and secondly, someone is likely to read and cite your paper, thereby increasing your visibility. Many universities evaluate papers by their impact factor and the number of citations in the journal in which they appear. Take a positive attitude and try to email them the pdf you downloaded from the Internet.