Peerwith’s Manuscript Review Service provides expert help before you submit your manuscript to your selected journal. The review report includes experts advise about changes you should make before you start the submission process and suggest journals which are a match for your paper.
In this case study we look at a manuscript review service request we received from Tatiana, a Russian researcher.
The initial contact
Tatiana’s Business & Management paper had been translated from Russian to English and she wanted expert help on whether the paper was good enough to be published in a reputable, international journal. Maybe we could advise if it needed language editing, for example. She also wanted advice on Scopus-indexed journals to submit her paper to.
Within 2 hours Tatiana received her first responses and connected with Joseph Benz, a Peerwith expert from the United States. Joseph explained for a fee of USD 80 he would provide:
- Recommendations on how suitable the manuscript was for publication
- Recommendations on editing requirements the manuscript might need before review
- A list of 3-5 journals which would be suitable homes for the manuscript
Joseph was clear he could not guarantee that the manuscript would be accepted for publication by any of the suggested journals, just that their scope was a suitable match with the content.
The review report
Within 4 days Joseph sent Tatiana a review report which began with this introduction, “Thank you for hiring me to provide comments about this paper. This paper was an interesting read, though somewhat difficult because of translation difficulties. The concept is very interesting, and no doubt important. I think that this topic will prove to be very important for the future of this region. However, at the present time, I cannot recommend this paper for publication in any marketing journal. There are several major issues that prevent this paper from being publishable. I will provide my recommendations in specific below.”
His report then continued to provide specific recommendations which Tatiana would need to work on to get her paper ready for submission. These included work on figures, footnotes and references, as well as a recommendation to post a further request on Peerwith for language editing services. He concluded by recommending 3 journal titles to submit the manuscript to, but only if the recommended work was carried out.
Here is a template for the report, obviously not the full report for Tatiana, that is confidential.
This pre-submission review was invaluable for Tatiana, as an experienced expert was able to provide guidance on how suitable her manuscript was for publication and advise her on the steps needed for it to be suitable for submission to the Scopus-indexed journals she wishes to publish in.
It’s important to note when reading this case study, pre-submission doesn’t eliminate the post-submission review process but it does help authors get an early and quick, go/no go decision.
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