Author GuideLast Updated: Jan 28, 2016 05:39PM CST

Overview of being an author

Authors using Scholastica can submit articles to an ever-growing pool of scholarly journals. Browse journals and their submission guidelines, communicate with editors, submit articles, and receive reviews and decisions all on the web with Scholastica.

The first step is to sign up and create your account:


After first signing in, you'll be taken to your Dashboard where you can submit a manuscript, create a journal account, and see the latest posts from the Scholastica community.

This guide offers concise instructions and detailed video walk-throughs for authors' most common uses of Scholastica.

1. Submit a manuscript

Submitting your manuscripts to journals on Scholastica is a quick and efficient process. This section of the author guide describes all the steps needed to submit and manage your manuscripts:

Find a journal

  • From your Dashboard, click Submit a manuscript or Browse Journals.
  • Type the name, discipline, or subject matter of a journal into the search bar and click Search or browse the list below.
  • Click on a journal.

Submit your manuscript

  • From your Dashboard, click Submit a manuscript.
  • Find the journal you'd like to submit to and click on it to visit the journal's profile.
    • NOTE: This step is slightly different for law reviews. Read more: Can authors submit to more than one law journal at a time?
    • Click Go to submission pool on the browse journals page.
    • Find the law reviews you'd like to submit to and click each one. As you select law reviews, they will appear in your "cart" on the right.
    • Click Continue to next step.
  • On the journal's profile, click For Authors to read the submission guidelines.
  • When your manuscript is ready, click Submit Manuscript.
  • Enter your manuscript’s details. The article title, abstract and keywords are required. As you type keywords, make sure to type a comma after the keyword itself.
  • Upload your primary manuscript file by clicking Choose file and navigating to it on your computer. Once you’ve selected the file, click Upload file to finish adding the file. Read more: What file types do you support?
  • Your author details will already be filled as the primary contact author. You can add additional authors by clicking Add another author and entering their information. The additional authors cannot log in to access the manuscript or read any reviews that may be shared -- that is restricted to the primary author.
  • Enter your credit card information. You may not be prompted to complete this step depending on the journal's configuration or if your submissions are subsidized by your institution.
  • Click Continue to next step.
  • On the Confirm and Submit page, double-check the details you’ve entered. If you need to make any changes, click Go Back.
  • When everything looks correct, click Submit Manuscript.
  • You'll be brought back to your dashboard and sent a confirmation email.
  • Read more:

Submitting to peer-reviewed journals

Submitting to law reviews

Add files

After you've submitted your manuscript, you can still add supplemental files like additional data, or your CV. Note: the Add File button is not available if you have submitted to a law review. You can send supplemental files to the editors of the law reviews to which you've submitted via Discussions. Read more: Attaching files to Discussions

Read more: What file types do you support?

  • From your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
  • Find the manuscript and click Manage Submission.
  • Click Add File.
  • Enter a description, and click Browse to select the file.
  • Click the Upload button.

Withdraw your manuscript

  • From your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
  • Find the manuscript and click Manage Submission.
  • Click the gear icon.
  • Click Withdraw manuscript and then click OK to confirm withdrawing the manuscript.
    • NOTE : Withdrawal is permanent and indicates to the journal in-question that you no longer wish for them to consider that article for publication

Withdraw a manuscript.

2. Message the journal

Before you've submitted

  • Journals can be contacted via email on their profile pages.
  • You can search or browse journals on the browse page.
  • Click "Contact" on the journal's profile page; an email message to the journal’s primary contact will be opened.

After you've submitted

After you've submitted your manuscript, you can start a discussion with the journal about it in the Author Work Area for the manuscript. Read How do discussions work? to learn how.

3. Decisions

Scholastica helps authors receive and act on decisions about their manuscripts quickly and easily. This section of the author guide describes where you'll find decisions and how to resubmit manuscripts that have been revised:

Receive the decision

  • You'll be notified of publication decisions via email and by an alert on your Dashboard.

  • To view a decision from your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
  • Find the manuscript and click Manage Submission.
  • Click Read Decision.

Revise and resubmit

  • If you have received a decision of "Revise & Resubmit", you will have the option to re-submit the manuscript.
  • Once you've made any requested changes to the manuscript, you can resubmit it via the Manuscript Details page as well as directly from your dashboard.

Notification of R&R on your Dashboard
  • To resubmit from your Dashboard, click the Submit Revised Manuscript button.
  • The manuscript will also be listed on the My Manuscripts page. Click My manuscripts and then find the manuscript. Click Manage Submission.

Revise and Resubmit on My Manuscripts page

 

  • Click Submit a Revised Manuscript.

  • Edit the manuscript details if necessary like the manuscript title, abstract, and keywords.
  • Upload the revised file by clicking Choose file and navigating to it on your computer. Once you’ve selected the file, click Upload file.
  • Click Continue to next step.
  • On the Confirm and Submit page, double-check the details you’ve entered. If you need to make any changes, click Go Back.
  • When everything looks correct, click Submit Manuscript.
  • You'll be brought back to your dashboard and sent a confirmation email.

4. Law reviews

Authors who have submitted a manuscript to one or more law reviews can manage their submission through their "Submission Details" page.

On this page authors can:

Learn more by reading How do I manage my group submission to law reviews?.

 

Submission Details Page

The .gif below shows the full process of submitting a manuscript to multiple law reviews.

5. Billing

Scholastica offer simple, straightforward pricing for authors, and the ability for institutions to cover that cost automatically. This section of the author guide explains how to check if your institution sponsors your submissions and how to access receipts if you're paying for your own submissions:

Institutional sponsorship

  • Sponsorship allows your institution (e.g. university, department, company) to automatically cover your submission fees.
  • Check if you are sponsored by your institution by clicking My Account.
  • If you believe that you should be sponsored or would like to encourage your institution to create an account, you can find more information on your school's institutional account here. You may also request an economic fee waiver if you cannot pay the cost of your submissions due to financial hardship. To request a waiver, please email support@scholasticahq.com.  

Receipts

  • Receipts for submission fees (if you are not sponsored by your institution) will be automatically sent to your email.
  • To check them from your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
  • Find the manuscript for which you'd like to see the receipt and click Manage Submission.
  • In the Author Work Area, click View Receipt.

Receipts are emailed from Scholastica at notifications@scholasticahq.com
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