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Leverage Artificial Intelligence to Maximize Manuscript Acceptance

Jul, 21 2023 | Publishing Automation
Sureshkumar Parandhaman

AVP – Publishing Solutions

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After you have spent months researching and then writing it all down, you and your article will only receive the deserved recognition if it is accepted for publication. In 2020, there were 46,736 academic journals worldwide with 5.14 million academic articles being published annually as of 2022. Unfortunately, research by Elsevier on more than 2,300 journals reveals that the average manuscript acceptance rate stands at a mere 32%, with the acceptance range varying from just over 1% to 93.2%. As a researcher and/or author, you’d want to be at the upper end of that range.


While every journal might have its own guidelines for accepting manuscripts, quality is paramount for all journal publishers. Therefore, acceptance criteria tend to be extremely stringent. The advancement of scientific knowledge relies on publishing innovative, disruptive, and well-researched content. Now, researchers need not necessarily be prolific writers. Meeting the publishing standards and guidelines can be daunting for them. This is where a manuscript language assessment solution might come in handy.


What else could help you ensure manuscript acceptance? Here’s a stepwise guide to improving the acceptance rate.


1. Choose the Right Journal

Do the necessary due diligence of journals related to your area of research to find one that aligns perfectly with your school of thought. In addition, picking high-impact journals can help you improve the number of times your research is accessed, helping you gain recognition.


2. Conduct Rigorous Data Analysis

Data analysis lends credibility to research and presenting the analysis adequately ensures that readers can easily assimilate the information. Therefore, utilizing effective and, if required, multiple analysis techniques can be beneficial. When using multiple techniques, clearly presenting the conclusions and their interactions is paramount.


3. Highlight the Significance and Novelty of the Research

This is essential to ensure that the publisher recognizes the value your research may add to the domain. Including the significance and novelty of the research within the introduction, abstract, and conclusion is a good practice. Also, acknowledging the potential for further research is a good idea to add extensibility to the paper. Remember to use a manuscript editing software to perfect the writing before submitting the final draft.


4. Accommodate Peer and Mentor Suggestions

Peers review is a critical step in manuscript acceptance by journals. Peers may give you valuable feedback and insights into improving your paper to not just meet the publishing criteria but also enhance its value for readers. You can always ask questions to gain more clarity on the peer review before you make changes.


5. Be Prompt in Including Reviewer Feedback

Reviewers know what can get your paper rejected, so including their feedback is indispensable. However, it is important to do so in a thoughtful and professional manner. Maintain gap-free communication and politely reason for your stand on things you disagree with.


6. Adhere to the Submission Guidelines and Timelines

The easiest way to get rejected is to ignore timelines or guidelines. A manuscript editing tool on a powerful authoring platform can help ensure that guidelines are met while speeding up the process to help you meet timelines.


7. Ensure a Clear and Concise Writing Style

Your writing should clearly express the findings you want to share. It should follow the writing style approved by the publishing house and incorporate all the references correctly. Maintaining transparency and presenting unbiased findings is essential.


Improve Manuscript Acceptance with Powerful Editing Software

Although the research and data analysis are solely the author’s responsibility, ensuring manuscript acceptance can be simplified with an AI-powered digital authoring solution that includes a tool for manuscript language assessment. Integra’s iMLA is an advanced solution that aids language assessment and helps ensure a friction free forward journey for the manuscript. It empowers researchers and authors with quick technical diagnosis, which expedites the writing process.


In addition, advanced manuscript editing software takes care of stylistic guidelines, so that authors can focus on the content. By streamlining the entire process from writing right up to publication, a powerful digital solution can significantly enhance the acceptance rate.

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