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How to Get Published in JPR

JPR aims to publish the best papers in plankton research and those that significantly advance the field. With a limited page budget many perfectly competent papers cannot be accepted. Currently the rejection rate of the journal is in the order of 65%. Scientific quality and relevance to the broad readership of JPR are primary issues when considering submitting a paper to the journal.

Points to consider when preparing your manuscript

  • A key step to getting published in JPR is to ensuring that your submitted research is appropriate for the journal. Read the JPR Scope Statement carefully and make sure that your research fits and is appropriate for the journal.
  • The most common reasons for immediate rejection of a manuscript without review are that it does not address the scope of the journal and hence is inappropriate for further consideration by JPR. Examples of unacceptable manuscripts are those that are essentially descriptive with no clear aim or which do not address a specific hypothesis. Equally unacceptable are regional studies that are not set in a wider context and research for which the significance or novelty is not apparent. Authors are required to provide a cover letter upon submission, and this is where they should summarize the significance and importance of the research. The cover letter forms an important part of the initial evaluation of a manuscript.
  • Consider carefully which is the most appropriate category of paper and follow the format instructions on the JPR website carefully.
  • Excessive length and/or inappropriate number of Figures and Tables will result in the manuscript being returned without review. JPR provides the opportunity of inclusion of Supplementary Material online and also actively encourages Data Archiving.
  • While detailed and specific plankton studies are entirely appropriate, manuscripts that consider a broader context for plankton research, for example in biogeochemistry, ecological theory or comparative physiology or biochemistry are particularly welcome. JPR seeks to publish papers that have a wider significance for science.
  • Clearly and concisely stating the aim of the work at the beginning of a manuscript and then coming back in a conclusion or summary to state the outcomes and significance helps both the reviewers and ultimately the readers of your work.
  • An accurate and informative title, abstract and key words are important. For online bibliographic searching these have a key role in drawing the attention of potential readers to your paper.
  • After specialist peer review the most common reasons for manuscript rejection are flawed study design, inappropriate methodology or statistical analysis, a lack of detail in the methods, or repetition of previously published work. Additionally, if the writing is unclear or the manuscript is not well organized then this may impede the review process resulting in a negative recommendation. To avoid reviewers dwelling on stylistic details at the expense of scientific evaluation, authors are advised to submit only fully polished manuscripts. JPR recognises the challenges of non-English speaking authors and papers will only be rejected on the basis of language if initial review is not possible due to an inability to understand the manuscript. However, a standard of English appropriate for an international journal will make the work of the reviewers easier and so is likely to result in a more favourable review.
  • In an era of an ever-increasing number of scientific journals, particularly those publishing online, it is inevitable that JPR receives some papers that may have been previously rejected by other journals. It is not a condition of submission, but an open acknowledgement of prior rejection by another journal, together with the reasons can materially assist the JPR review process. Papers that are sent to a reviewer who has previously seen the paper for another journal particularly if his/her advice has not been taken into account in preparing a revised version, very often attract negative review comments.

JPR seeks to serve the plankton research community by publishing the highest quality scientific papers, with rapid publication, and with high standards of technical presentation. By paying careful attention to the above, authors can help the journal to achieve this aim.