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Author Guide

Posted in: Guides | Last Updated: Oct 15 2014

Overview of being an author

Authors using Scholastica can submit articles to an ever-growing community 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.

After first signing in, you'll be taken to your Dashboard where you can see the latest updates on your submissions and journals you're working with.

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, efficient process. This part of the author guide describes all the steps that make up submitting and managing your manuscripts:

Find a journal

  • From your Dashboard, click 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.
  • Click Submit an Article.

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 Submit to law reviews on the browse journals page.
    • Find the law reviews you'd like to submit to and click each one. As you select reviews, they will appear in a list on the right.
    • Click Continue to next step.
  • On the journal's profile, click Submit an Article to visit the journal's submission page.
  • On the journal’s submission page, read the submission guidelines. When your manuscript is ready, click Submit an Article.
  • Enter your manuscript’s details. The article title, abstract and keywords are required. As you type keywords, a dropdown will make suggestions based on keywords that are already in use. Click on keywords you’d like to use, or enter your own and separate them with commas.
  • 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.
  • Enter your credit card information. You might be able to skip this step depending on the journal 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:

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Add files

After you've submitted your manuscript, you can still add supplemental files like extra data, or your CV. 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.

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 Send message to journal; 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 Publication Decision 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).
  • 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 are able to do things such as:

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

 

Submission Details Page

 

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

 

5. Billing

Scholastica offer simple, straighforward pricing for authors, and the ability for institutions to cover that cost automatically. This section of the author guide shows 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 pay 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 or consider applying for a fee waiver.

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 and click Manage Submission.
  • In the Author Work Area, click View Receipt.

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