Writing is a daunting task particularly for researchers who do not speak or write in English but have to submit their manuscripts to English-language journals. After writing your paper, you must check that your paper is grammatically correct and error-free. If your manuscript has too many grammar errors and convoluted sentences or is incoherent because of language issues, it may get rejected outright. How do you ensure that your manuscript is not rejected on language alone?
Submitted manuscripts undergo a technical screening (or desk review) round. The desk editor checks if the paper matches the journal’s aims and scope, if the presentation and language do not hinder understanding and if it follows ethical standards and transparency. What can you do to make sure your manuscript clears the technical screening round?
Your journal will inform you about the type and degree of revisions you have to make in your paper. These could range from minor to major revisions in subject content or language check. The decision letter is usually accompanied by the journal editor’s letter and reviewer comments. After you have revised your paper, check it for language correctness again. Not just your paper, check your responses to the reviewers and email to the editor as well. Good quality language and tone go a long way in creating a positive impression on your reader. What can you do to make sure your responses are clear, polite and impactful?