Publishing with Elsevier: step-by-step

1. Find a journal

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2. Prepare your paper for submission

Download our 'Get Published' quick guide', which outlines the essential steps in preparing a paper. (This is also available in Chinese.) You can find information about the publishing process in the 'Understanding the publishing process' guide. It covers topics such as how to use the submission system EES, Authors' Rights, Ethics and Plagiarism, and journal and article metrics. Free online lectures and courses on preparing your manuscript can be found at the Elsevier Publishing Campus.

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3. Submit and revise

You can submit to most Elsevier journals using the online Elsevier Editorial System (EES), or Elsevier’s new system EVISE®. The system you use will depend on the journal to which you submit. We support open access in our journals; find out more out your options on the open access pages. If your manuscript is suitable for the journal, the editor will send your manuscript to one or more reviewers – experts in your field. If deemed unsuitable for publication in your chosen journal, the editor may suggest you transfer your submission to a more suitable journal, via Elsevier’s complimentary Article Transfer Service.

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4. Track your submission

You can track the status of your submitted paper online in either the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) or Elsevier’s new system, EVISE®. The system you use to track your submission will be the same system to which you submitted. Use the reference number you received after submission to track your submission.

If your paper is accepted for publication, you will receive a reference number and a direct link that lets you follow its publication status using the track your article tool.

5. Proofing and licensing

Congratulations, you’re almost there! As soon as it’s accepted, your article will be given a DOI and published on ScienceDirect as an Article in Press. You can track your article and citations throughout the publishing process, until your article has been assigned to an issue.

You now need to focus on accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections. Make sure to sign a copyright agreement and select a license if you have chosen to publish open access.

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6. Sharing and promoting your article

Now that your article is published, you can promote it to make a bigger impact with your research. Sharing research, accomplishments and ambitions with a wider audience makes you more visible in your field. This helps you get cited more, enabling you to cultivate a stronger reputation, promote your research and move forward in your career.

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Top tips

  • Read about aims and scope to make sure the journal is a match
  • Check whether you can submit – some journals are invitation only
  • Submit your manuscript to one journal at a time
  • Use journal metrics to understand the impact of a journal
  • If available, check the journal Journal Insights
  • Check open access options on the journal homepage
  • Use an external editing service, such as Elsevier’s WebShop
  • Free online training to support you in publishing world-class content available at the Elsevier Publishing Campus
  • While proofreading inform yourself about copyright and licensing
  • After publication, celebrate and Get Noticed!