Guide to submit Scopus publication for engineering and technology

Oftentimes, what causes researchers, however, experienced they may be, to disdain the entire paper publication process is a lack of knowledge about what to do, the appropriate manner in which to go about doing these things, and when. This article is meant to serve as a general guide for those who wish to make their research work known globally but are apprehensive either because – 

  • they have heard that trying to get a paper published in a top indexed journal can be a grueling and painstaking process, or 
  • because of bad paper publication experiences that they have had in the past, 

on how they can go about ensuring the smooth, and effortless, as well as quick and successful publication of their research work in a leading, world-class Engineering and Technology journal, that is well-known and recognized amongst the immediate academic community within their specialization, and also indexed by a top journal indexing database. 

  • Devising A Spell-Binding Cover Letter
    • The first step in one getting their research work published in a leading world-class education journal Scopus that is well-recognized by academic community respective to their domain is to attract the attention of such journals. 
    • While resort to taking part in international conferences and presenting their work in front of hundreds if not thousands of people including – 
      • fellow research professionals, 
      • peers, 
      • domain authorities, as well as, 
      • top professionals from the journal publication community,

to grab the attention of such people and impress them (thereby gaining not only the opportunity to get their research work published in a leading indexed journal in their field as a research article, review, or report, what many presenting research work at an international conference isn’t necessarily the only way to grab the attention of professionals from the journal publishing community. 

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  • In fact, for the longest time, framing, writing, and sending a compelling cover letter has been the most preferred mode of doing so. 
  • Not only does one get to directly address an individual professional from a particular journal publishing community, but one also gets to appeal to their attention directly. 
  • When it comes to the aspects that make for a compelling cover letter, the following points should offer you more insight – 
    • a letter that speaks to the uniqueness of the research carried out, 
    • a letter that brings to the reader’s attention the relevance of the research study to the subject matter that is commonly dealt with by the journal itself, 
    • a letter that offers insight into the ingenuity of the research methodologies utilized to carry out the research, 
    • a letter that speaks to the significance of the outcomes and findings accrued and their importance to solving modern challenges and impediments to progress. 
  • Focussing On Quick & Effortless Publication While Identifying The Right Journal 
    • When it comes to identifying the best Scopus approved journal for their research work, most people tend to focus solely on the popularity and reach of the journal. 
    • While this is an important aspect of identifying a journal, because the popularity of the journal will eventually have an impact on how many people globally actually end up reading your article and coming to know about you and your research, it is not advisable to keep this as your sole criteria for choosing a journal.
    • While identifying the best journal for the publication of their research work, most people tend to focus on factors such as – 
      • the reach and popularity of the journal, 
      • the relevance of the topics generally covered by the journal to their own research study, 
      • the publication costs involved to get an article published, 
      • the reputation of the journal amongst the wider academic community, and
      • the brand of authors that the journal normally works with and normally chooses to publish, amongst other things. 
    • Very rarely is an emphasis on quick and effortless publication placed when trying to identify and establish which journal is the best for a researcher to have their work published in. 
    • This might due to the fact that very few researchers, academics, and others endeavoring to have their research papers published in top indexed journals, actually understand the importance and vitality of quick and effortless publication. 
    • The significance of a journal offering its researchers quick and easy paper publication includes – 
      • getting the latest research work and outcomes out in the world immediately, 
      • higher chances for the research work and study to have a bigger, more lasting impact on audiences and readers, and
      • lesser chances of the research work losing its significance and being outdone by newer research findings in the same subject area, amongst many other advantages. 
    • Oftentimes, researchers who identify and get selected to have their research published by the most prominent indexed publications in their field, find –
      • delayed reviewing processes (owing to too many applications and too few reviewers), 
      • inefficient reviews, feedback, and suggestions (as a result of hurried up and rushed reviewing processes), 
      • delayed acceptance of manuscripts (owing to massive backlogs of pending manuscripts waiting to be published), 
      • all the above delays eventually all result in the delayed publication of the article which leads to a significantly lower impact. 
    • For amateur researchers and academics who aren’t quite aware of how to go about getting their research published in top journals, this is one of the most important points to consider while going about getting your research work published in a suitable Scopus open access journal within your domain.
    • One should however not focus solely on journals that offer the quickest and easiest publication processes, but instead look to settle on a journal that strikes the perfect balance between popularity and a quick, easy publication process. 
  • Going By The Book & Adherence To All Guidelines 
    • Although settling on a journal that is known to offer authors easy and quick publication processes is a great way to ensure that knowledge about your research work gets out into the world on time, there is another factor that can assist in one getting their work reviewing and published as quickly as possible by the journal that they have settled on. 
    • This factor has to do with strict adherence to all of a journal’s – 
      • formatting guidelines, 
      • rules for reviewing procedure, 
      • submission deadlines, 
      • appeal procedure, and
      • resubmission guidelines. 
    • Paying attention to these rules by finding out what they are in the first place and then making sure to follow them as closely as possible, is the best way to facilitate the quick and easy reviewing, acceptance, and publication of your research work by your chosen journal. 
    • Not only does this prove to the professionals working in the Editorial and Reviewing committees at your chosen journal that you are a stickler for rules, but it also exhibits your seriousness and commitment to excellence, which is a trait highly sought after in authors, by top indexed journals. 
    • One of the main factors for the success of the best of the best-indexed journals in any field or domain is the sort of authors that they choose to work with. 
    • In order to maintain their quality standards and reputation, the best journals only work with the best authors. 
    • By following all the guidelines listed, paying close attention to them, and establishing your reputation as the consummate professional, you are making it that much easier for yourself to go up the ladder and be asked by the very best indexed publications in your field to author papers in their journals.
    • When it comes to writing the research paper or article itself, some crucial guidelines of the journal that you should try and find out as quickly as you can and adhere to strictly include – 
      • the tonality of the sentences,
      • plagiarism rules, 
      • formatting of the paper, 
      • appropriate usage of figures, tables, and charts, 
      • the preferred outline for a research paper, 
      • providing access to all the raw data, 
      • ensuring all necessary citations (wherever applicable) of the correct sources have been made. 
  • Establishing Clear Lines Of Communication
    • Despite having followed all the rules and guidelines put forth by your chosen publication to a tee, you might find that things are still not as fast as you seem, or that faults in your work are still being discovered by the reviewers or editors working for the journal. 
    • This might be due to several factors, the most common of which is – 
      • miscommunication of details and 
      • an overall lack of communication itself. 
    • The best way to make the intentions of one’s research work and outcomes, as well as the overall ideas, themes, concepts, and objectives of their research study well known to members of the reviewing and editorial committees (in charge of vetting, reviewing and accepting manuscripts) at your chosen fast Scopus indexed journal, is to communicate these things clearly. 
    • With the advances in modern technology, there is no dearth in the modes of communication that one can choose to establish this line of communication by. 
    • One can choose to communicate with the reviewing and editorial committees of the chosen journal or publication by – 
      • email, 
      • phone, 
      • social media, 
      • written correspondence, 
      • short messaging services, etc. 
    • Whatever the preferred mode of communication be, it is absolutely imperative that one be as –
      • professional, 
      • courteous, 
      • understanding, 
      • kind, 
      • direct, and
      • to the point, 

as possible, in order to be able to clearly relay your needs as well as be able to clearly understand and comprehend the requirements of your chosen journal and their vision. 

  • Having such an established line of communication not only assists in building a good rapport with members of the editorial and reviewing committees of your chosen journal but also proves to them that you are not someone who takes the publication of your work lightly and that you mean business. 

Following all the above-mentioned rules is the best way for both amateurs and veterans to research publication, to achieve success and get their papers published by leading, world-class Engineering and Technology research journals and publications in their respective specializations that are indexed by leading journal databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, etc. 

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