No matter what other advice you read in the vast webosphere, make sure you prioritize the information requested by the editors.As we explained above, failure to include required statements will lead to automatic rejection.While your research paper’s role is to prove the merits of your research, a strong introductory cover letter is your opportunity to highlight the significance of your research and “sell” its concept to journal editors.
Our findings will allow your readers to [identify the aspects of the journal's Aim and Scope that align with your paper].
TIP: Identify the journal’s typical audience and how those people can utilize your research to expand their understanding of a topic.
When it’s not quite clear how your research paper might generate interest based on its title and content alone (for example, if your paper is too technical for most editors to appreciate), your cover letter is the one opportunity you will get to convince the editors that your work is worth further review.
In addition to economic factors, many editors use the cover letter to screen whether authors can follow basic instructions.
However, if you send your cover letter on letterhead (PDF or hard copy by mail), move your contact information to the upper-left corner of the page unless you use pre-printed letterhead, in which case your contact information should be centered at the top of the letter.
TIP: Where the editor’s name is not known, use the relevant title employed by the journal, such as “Dear Managing Editor:” or “Dear Editor-in-Chief:”. Also, websites may be outdated, so call the journal to confirm to whom you should address your cover letter when in doubt.
For example, you can say, “We have presented a subset of our findings [at Event]/ [as a Type of Publication Medium] in [Location] in [Year].” Should you select our manuscript for peer review, we would like to suggest the following potential reviewers/referees because they would have the requisite background to evaluate our findings and interpretation objectively.
Each named author has substantially contributed to conducting the underlying research and drafting this manuscript.
I am writing to submit our manuscript entitled, ["Title"] for consideration as a [Journal Name][Article Type].
[One to two sentence "pitch" that summarizes the study design, where applicable, your research question, your major findings, and the conclusion.] research article.