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.
For example, “After initially researching X, Y approached us to conduct a follow-up study that examined Z.
While pursuing this project, we discovered [some new understanding that made you decide the information needed to be shared with your peers via publication.]“ Given the alarming increase in depression rates among teenagers and the lack of any uniform practical tests for screening students, we believe that the findings presented in our paper will appeal to education policymakers who subscribe to .
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.
Sadly, we must admit that part of the decision-making process of whether to accept a manuscript is based on a business model.
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.
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.