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Publishing a Scholarly Article: Preparing Your Manuscript

This guide walks you through how publishing works, including choosing the right journal, the process of peer review, and what to expect if and when your paper is accepted for publication.

Publishing Checklist

Use this checklist to assist with identifying a journal, preparing a manuscript, and more.


  • It's always a good idea to have someone you trust (colleague, professor) review your manuscript before you submit it for publication!
  • Be sure to follow the journal's guidelines (such as citation style and formatting requirements) before submitting your manuscript. These guidelines can typically be found on a journal's website.


Before an article is officially published, it is typically referred to as a manuscript.

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