How to make your article easy to review - Part 3

Tips and advice from experienced reviewers on what to look out for before submitting your article

In part 3 of our series on making your article easy to review, we hear from Dr. Yan-Fu Li from Université Paris-Saclay, Paris…

From my personal experience, the reviewer usually has the strongest concentration when reading the abstract and introduction sections. Upon reading these parts, the first judgment about the novelty and contribution of the work takes shape.

The abstract needs to address the motivations, contributions and results of the work, concisely, clearly and persuasively. The introduction section is more like storytelling and is the major selling piece. Usually, a well-written overview would be very helpful to support the proposed work. The motivations presented need to draw the link between the proposed work and previously publications in a very clear way. The contributions presented need to have solid evidential support from the results of the work. Always bear in mind that scientists do not like exaggerations.

The methodology sections are the key parts of the manuscript and often involve the checking of the technical correctness of the proposal. So try to eliminate any possible technical or presentation mistakes. The results sections usually contain large amount of analysis and discussions. Well-organized presentation would be very helpful for the readers to evaluate the impact of your work. Moreover, make sure that there is no mismatch between the results and the conclusions.

The last suggestion is about language. Nowadays, most key publications are in English and an increasing number of researchers are from non-English speaking countries. So do not hesitate to spend time and effort to polish the language. If there are multiple authors, better to have all of them correct the manuscript carefully. A professional editing service is not a bad choice but usually a final proofread has to be done by yourself to avoid any change that could distort your original intention.

To view part 1 of this series, (by Dr. Alexandru T. Balaban), click here >>
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Author biography

Dr. Yan-Fu LiDr. Yan-Fu Li is currently an Associate Professor at CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay, Paris, France. He received the Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2010. His research interests include reliability modeling, risk analysis and optimization with applications on renewable energy systems. He is the author of more than 30 publications on refereed international journals and a regular reviewer of numerous SCI journals. He is a senior member of IEEE.

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