What’s in the handbook?
Are you afraid of contacting the journal? Are you unsure when, under what kind of circumstances, and how frequently it would be appropriate to write to the editor? Are you undecided about what to include in your email? Then, this handbook is definitely for you!
There are situations when you have to write to the journal because it is best to clarify your doubts directly from the editor. When writing to the editor, authors are sometimes unsure about how exactly to pose a question or put in a request without seeming offensive. Additionally, it is sometimes difficult to understand what the exact approach should be or how much information to include in some of the longer emails such as the cover letter or response to reviewer comments.
This handbook identifies 10 different situations that might require you to communicate with the journal editor - from your manuscript’s submission to its publication - and provides an email template for each. Right from templates for pre-submission inquiry and cover letter to ones for responding to reviewer comments and requesting an APC waiver, this book has it all! This book is a must-have for every researcher as it will definitely make the task of communicating with the journal a lot easier!
About the author
Kakoli Majumder has over ten years’ experience in the field of English Communication and Training, the last four of which have been dedicated to academic publishing. In her current role, her aim is to educate researchers about the publication process and good publication practices. She is the expert voice behind the Q&A forum of Editage Insights and also writes learning content targeted at young researchers. Kakoli has done her Masters in English and is passionate about helping young researchers and authors, particularly, non-native speakers of English, overcome the barriers of language and publish in international English language journals.
Some of her efforts at author education can be accessed here:
- Types of articles: A guide for young researchers
- Converting a thesis into a journal article
- The role of preprints in research dissemination
- Tracking your manuscript status in journal submission systems
Kakoli’s empathy with authors and her understanding of the problems they face in research writing and publishing is reflected in her article “How do authors feel when they receive negative reviewer comments: An experience from Chinese biomedical researchers” published in European Science Editing. She has also conducted a webinar on the same topic and another on understanding the online submission and tracking systems of journals. Outside of work, Kakoli is a music enthusiast, an incorrigible dessert lover, and a modest baker.