A Journal Editor’s Perspective: Tips for Authors

Jay Liebowitz
Orkand Endowed Chair in Management and Technology
The Graduate School
University of Maryland University College
3501 University Boulevard East
 Adelphi, Maryland 20783
jliebowitz@umuc.edu
(Author of multiple books by Taylor & Francis and Editor-in-Chief,
Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal, published by Elsevier)

  • Don’t plagiarize or self-plagiarize.
  • Don’t submit multiple papers to the journal (especially in a row, one after the other).
  • Don’t ask to change the affiliations of the authors or add/delete authors after the paper is accepted (especially for tenure & promotion reasons).
  • It is to your advantage to read recent papers from the journal where you are submitting your paper, so you are well-informed on what has already been published in that journal.
  • Don’t send in “old” papers.
  • Don’t use the format of another journal, suggesting that you are submitting a paper that was previously rejected from that journal or that you are submitting the paper simultaneously to two journals.
  • Don’t submit papers concurrently to multiple journals (this is considered unethical publishing practice, along the same degree as plagiarism).
  • Be sure that your paper is well-written and devoid of spelling/grammatical errors (if English isn’t your native language, you’ll need to have a fluent English-speaking editor check your paper BEFORE you submit it).
  • Don’t have us go through the review process, only to get an email later indicating that the paper has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Please be sure that the paper/research falls within the aims and scope of the journal (e.g., if the journal deals with intelligent systems research and applications, then the paper must entail intelligent system techniques).
  • Don’t say the incorrect journal name in the cover letter.
  • Please clearly articulate what is the significant contribution of your research versus what has already been published.