How to Publish a Research Paper in Scopus Publication

For anyone engaged in carrying out research on a particular phenomenon or set of phenomena in their respective disciplines and fields of study, irrespective of whether they are characterized as researchers, scientists, R&D specialists, or otherwise, their objective is not only to make profound findings that are capable of changing the course of that field but also to make knowledge and awareness of these findings as widespread as possible. There are varying opinions within the research community of what the easiest and quickest ways of spreading awareness of one’s research work are. While some feel like taking part in a series of high-level international conferences throughout the globe and presentation their research study, the findings of this study, the research methodologies employed, etc, is the most efficient way to raise conciseness about their work amongst the global academic community, others rely completely on ‘word-of-mouth’ means to spread the word about their extraordinary research work and findings. 

Amongst veteran research professionals, it is a well-known fact and a given, that having your research findings published in the form of a research article or paper in a world-renowned academic journal or publication which has a high-impact factor, is the most reliable and efficient way for a researcher to gain recognition for his/her research work. However, in such cases, the problem of choosing the right journal and publication to have your research article published in arises. Why is choosing the best journal to have your research article published important? This is because of the existence of millions of phony and fraudulent academic journals and publishing companies, whose sole intention is to defraud vulnerable research authors of their money (through exorbitant registration and publishing fees). It is therefore incredibly vital that research authors pay careful attention to the journal and publication that they are opting for, before proceeding to have their research articles published in them. 

To offer some credibility to legitimate journals and publications that are not fraudulent or phony but genuine and authentic in terms of their intentions to promote science and innovation, numerous journal indexing databases have come up. One of the most popular journal indexing databases in existence is the Scopus journal database, which indexes millions of legitimate journals across all disciplines and domains. For a research author to have his/her research article published in a Scopus publication is the first step towards acquiring due recognition for their extraordinary research work. A lot of research professionals, however, are completely unaware of how to go about finding the best Scopus-indexed journal for their particular brand of research work. This article is meant to serve as a comprehensive guide for all those wishing to have their research articles published in a world-renowned 2020 Scopus publication of global repute but are not aware of exactly how to go about doing so. 

  • Scouring The Scopus Database For Suitable Journals
    • The Scopus journal indexing database is a massive collection of journals and publications across all fields and disciplines. 
    • One can find thousands, if not millions of journals for any field or discipline that they can think of, including very niche ones and subfields too. 
    • The first step to getting a successful research publication Scopus indexed journals is to scour the Scopus databases and compile a list of all suitable journals where one can have their research article or paper published.
    • One can do this by simply performing advanced searches as per – 
      • their discipline, 
      • their specialization,
      • their country, 
      • the specific area of research that they have experimented on, etc. 
    • On performing such searches they will come across several journals that match these criteria, which they can then add to their list of potential Scopus-indexed journals to have their article published in. 
  • Carefully Considering Each Short-Listed Journal
    • Now that a list of potential Scopus-indexed journals has been compiled, it is time to find out which journal is the best for one’s particular brand of research, and findings. 
    • This will have to be done systematically by taking several factors into consideration, and then singling out one particular journal that satisfied all of the considered criteria. 
    • The factors that should be considered include – 
      • the reach of the journal (how many countries that journal is read in), 
      • the reader-base of the journal (how many people actually subscribe to the journal), 
      • the reputability of the journal (is the journal well-known and respected in the academic community),
      • the type of journal (whether the journal is an open-source or subscription-based journal), 
      • the reviewal process followed by the journal (is the reviewal process followed by the journal lax or over stringent), 
      • the time typically taken for the journal to publish an article (does the journal take too late for a manuscript to be published after it has been accepted and deemed worthy of publication), 
      • the cost of publication (whether the journal charges publishing, registration or any other hidden fees),
      • the impact factor of the journal (this includes several factors including ones already mentioned above, such as the reach of the journal, its reputability, the reader-base of the journal, etc). 
    • On weighing where each of the shortlisted journals from the list that was compiled earlier, stand, one can easily single out which the most ideal journal for them to have their research paper published in, is. 
    • Once one has carefully considered each of the shortlisted Scopus-indexed journals based on where they stand for each of the criteria mentioned above, one can easily make a decision as to which of the shortlisted journals is the best for their brand of research, the findings that they have made, and their discipline. 
    • This is one of the most crucial steps that need to be followed to make publication in Scopus indexed journals an easy, simple, and straightforward process.
  • Filing A Convincing Application With The Chosen Journal
    • In order to get their research article successfully published in a Scopus-indexed journal of their choice, one will first have to submit an application to this journal. 
    • An application to a journal typically includes – 
      • the ‘Abstract’ section of the proposed research article that needs to be published, and 
      • a ‘Cover Letter’.
    • Preparing a convincing Abstract requires the research paper to be written in advance well before submitting an application. 
    • This is because the Abstract is one of the most crucial parts of a research article and serves in offering a brief summary or gist of the entire research paper (along with the Introduction section) for readers. 
    • Therefore, in order to prepare a convincing Abstract, a research author wishing to have their article published in a Scopus-indexed journal, should already have written their entire research paper or at least have started writing it. 
    • The Cover Letter is a formal letter to the editor-in-chief of the Scopus-indexed journal that one is applying to. 
    • This Cover Letter should include details on –
      • why the proposed research work is vital to the field, 
      • what challenges it has solved, 
      • why the findings are of incredible significance to the future of the discipline, 
      • what makes the research methodologies employed highly unique, unusual, and authentic, etc. 
    • Once a research author has managed to prepare a convincing Abstract that the Editor-in-chief or any other representative of the journal who is in charge of vetting new manuscripts is bound to find appealing and engaging, as well as a compelling Cover Letter that demonstrates the integrity of the applicant as a genuine and hard-working research professional, he/she can submit it to their chosen Scopus-indexed journal in the hopes of getting an invite to submit their manuscript. 
  • Submitting The Manuscript & Dealing With The Reviewal Process
    • Once a research author’s application has been successfully accepted by their chosen Scopus-indexed journal and they have received an invite asking them to submit their manuscript, it is time for the research author to refine their manuscript as much as possible. 
    • Writing a world-class research paper is not about using fancy language, including too many details, or packing in an abundance of data. 
    • A world-class research paper can be identified from the fact that it has –
      • an intriguing Title, 
      • interesting Introduction & Abstract sections, 
      • an engaging body (containing authentic data, stats, figures, case studies, research methodologies, literature survey, etc), 
      • an appealing Results section (that goes into detail about the conclusions and outcomes of the research study as well as the significance of each of these findings). 
    • By ensuring that one has managed to meet all of the above-mentioned criteria for a world-class research article or paper, one can rest assured that their manuscript will be accepted and deemed worthy of being considered for publication in their journal. 
    • Now that the manuscript has been accepted successfully, it is time to pass the review process followed by the journal.
    • As part of the review process, the editorial committee or the reviewing committee will assign one or more peer reviewers who will go through your manuscript, find mistakes, and demand certain edits to be made to your manuscript. 
    • These edits will then have to be made by the research author and only then upon the approval of the reviewing committee that the suggested edits have been implemented successfully, will the reviewing committee deem the article or paper fit for publication. 
    • Once a research author receives intimation of their manuscript being accepted by the reviewing committee or editorial committee (whichever might be responsible) of the journal, he/she can rest assured that their article or paper will be successfully published by the Scopus-indexed journal that they have chosen.

Following the steps detailed in this guide, is guaranteed to help any research author seeking the publication of his/her research papers in scopus journals, to be able to do so effortlessly. 

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