How to Submit Article To International Journal. The title of this article is too bold. When this article was written, I myself had never had the experience of submitting a manuscript to an international journal. However, this is an attempt to remind myself that the path is always there. The difference between people who are successful or not is the effort, hard work, and prayers that have been made. This article is not meant to patronize anyone. This is just a summary of the training that the author has attended and, of course, a new challenge to be implemented immediately.
Submitting manuscripts to international journals is actually no different from submitting to national journals. Some of the things that make the difference are: articles in international journals contain issues that can be raised globally; there is novelty; there is good quality and presentation; and of course, there is good and correct English. The steps and stages are the same when you submit a manuscript to a national journal.
Here are six keys that can be followed so that the manuscripts we submit can be accepted in international journals:
Understand the purpose of each section in the article.
In general, journal articles consist of a title, an abstract, an introduction, methods, results, discussion, and a conclusion. Give some points that you will make in each section. For example, the abstract should contain at least the problem (2 lines), objective or goal (2 lines), methods used (2–3 lines), findings or main results (6-7 lines), and the impact of the research or writing (3 lines). Abstrack uses past or past perfect tense and passive voice. No citations or tables
The introduction contains an international view, not just a local or national view (avoid titles on behalf of districts or provinces), contains current issues, and tries to make the manuscript flow normally; there are no awkwardnesses or sudden jumps so that the reader feels there is something missing written to connect between paragraphs. Create a narrative that flows and can be followed easily by the reader. For literature, use the past tense; for general explanations, use the simple tense.
Write in the present tense. Use new methods to solve the problems in the research; they are not necessarily new; you can also use revised methods. Some questions that help you describe these methods are: What will you do? With what tools will you do it? What instruments do you need? What objects will you treat? What problems are likely to arise during the research? Methodology uses past tense and active voice.
Result and Discussion
Use subchapters so that your discussion can be systematic and well-organized. Systematic writing also avoids making your discussion redundant. Use short and clear sentences in each subchapter. Provide relevant explanations for the tables or figures you provide in this section. Don’t be too long, meaning you explain each number in the table, or too short, giving the impression that the reader is asked to analyze it themselves. But explain what the picture or table means, and then for the details, let the reader understand the picture or table for themselves. Result using past tense
The conclusion contains the main results, new information, and impact or benefits of the research. The conclusion usually answers the objectives. One objective listed in the introduction can result in several conclusions.
Contains a thank you to the parties who have helped the research process; it could be the party or agency that provided funding, or to the technicians and other parties.
We recommend that you use reference tools such as Mendeley to organize references so that it does not make it difficult for you to make articles. I will provide instructions for using Mendeley in a separate article.
Select and choose a journal for publication.
After you have prepared point by point each part of the article you will write, the next step is to prepare and select the journal in which you will aim to publish your article. Journals also have their own classes; some journals are in the high, medium, and low ranking groups. Journals that are in the high-ranking group usually have impact factor values above 3.5, medium 2–3.5, and low below 2. The impact factor is the ratio between cited manuscripts and the total manuscripts published in a certain period of time, usually the last 2 years. Understand whether your manuscript is worthy of publishing in a high-ranking, medium-ranking, or low-ranking journal. It doesn’t matter if you are in a low-ranking journal as long as it is an international journal, which means it is world-class. However, beware of predatory journals. Predatory journals don’t look at science as the basis of their journals but only at the commercial aspect. Usually, you will be asked for a high fee with a fast publication time compared to international journals in general. If international journals are generally published within a year, predatory journals can be published in just 3–4 months. You can see the list of journals categorized as predatory journals at the following link:
The journals that have a good reputation can be seen on the Scopus list, or one of them can be seen at http://www.scimagojr.com. Tips for choosing a journal are: first, submit to a journal that has a high ranking; if it is rejected, revise your manuscript and enter it into a medium-ranking journal; if it is rejected again, enter it into a journal that has a low ranking; if it is still rejected again, enter it into a national journal. The key to this tip is that you must not give up; the data you obtain should not just be stored in your desk drawer. Next tip: choose a journal with a low impact factor and one that is free of charge.
Study published articles
Once you have decided on a journal to publish your manuscript in, study the articles that have already been published in that journal. Understand some of the articles that are relevant to your topic. Reading and studying published articles will help you write in the style of the journal so that you have an estimate of whether your manuscript is acceptable or not. Don’t forget to read the guide for writers or authors in the journal because each journal has different formats and guidelines. Prepare the necessary data and start submitting the article if you are sure to do so.
Avoid the common reasons for manuscript rejection.
Some common reasons why a manuscript is rejected are: failure to match the intended journal, poor quality of English, poor design and systematics, inappropriate problem statement, method not described in detail, over-interpretation, imperfect research design, limited expected data, incomplete statistics, confusing data and tables, conclusions that do not match the data, the literature is no longer relevant (old years), and the author does not improve the manuscript according to the suggestions of the reviewer. The main reasons for manuscript rejection can be found at www.sfedit.net or at https://www.itc.nl/library/papers/hengl_rules.pdf.
Use good grammar
Most people, including myself, consider English as their biggest weakness. However, inevitably we have to face these weaknesses in order to become stronger. You can use several tools to help you improve your English. Grammar checking can use https://app.grammarly.com , google translate, ginger, after the deadline. In addition to checking with these digital systems, you also have to go to the experts, study English concise guidelines, and study English articles. English concise guidelines can be obtained http://services.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/471294/Using_tenses_in_scientific_writing_Update_051112.pdf . You can also use http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk to help you use phrases in English. Or http://www.grammarinenglish.com/nouns/?lesson=compound to help you use compound words (nouns).
Align the title, objective, and conclusion.
Take the title, objective, and conclusion. These three parts should have a common thread. Make sure there are some words that are in all three parts as keywords or common threads. If these three sections are not aligned, your manuscript will most likely be rejected.
Some of these keys are material that has probably already been heard. But once again, I say that the difference between a successful person and a failed person is that a successful person always learns from every failure.