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Environ Health Perspect. 2011 Jul;119(7):896-9. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1003280. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

Evaluation criteria for publishing in top-tier journals in environmental health sciences and toxicology.

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Division of Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea. bmlee@skku.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trying to publish a paper in a top-rated peer-reviewed journal can be a difficult and frustrating experience for authors. It is important that authors understand the general review process before submitting manuscripts for publication.

OBJECTIVES:

Editors-in-chief and associate editors from top-tier journals such as Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), Toxicological Sciences, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and Chemical Research in Toxicology were asked to provide guidance concerning the writing and submission of papers to their journals.

DISCUSSION:

The editors reviewed the manuscript review process for their journals, elaborated on the evaluation criteria for reviewing papers, and provided advice for future authors in preparing their papers.

CONCLUSIONS:

The manuscript submission process was similar for all of the journals with the exception of EHP that includes an initial screening in which about two-thirds of submitted papers are returned to the authors without review. The evaluation criteria used by the journals were also similar. Papers that are relevant to the scope of the journal, are innovative, significantly advance the field, are well written, and adhere to the instructions to authors have a higher likelihood of being accepted. The editors advised potential authors to ensure that the topic of the paper is within the scope of the journal, represents an important problem, is carefully prepared according to the instructions to authors, and to seek editorial assistance if English is not the primary language of the authors.

PMID:
21414890
PMCID:
PMC3222983
DOI:
10.1289/ehp.1003280
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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