Submitting a Manuscript

Submitting a manuscript through Scholastica is simple! Before you start, make sure you read the journal's submission guidelines to ensure a smooth start to the peer review process. You can find a journal's submission guidelines at any time during the submission process by clicking View submission guidelines underneath the journal's title.

Please note that if you are submitting to a law journal that participates in the law review submission pool, the submission form will look different. For more information, please visit this help doc.

Below are the common steps you'll take when submitting a manuscript :

Find the Journal

Once you've created a user account ( click here to sign up ) follow the steps below : 

  • 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
  • On the journal's profile, click For Authors to read the submission guidelines
  • When your manuscript is ready, click Submit Manuscript

Metadata

While in the metadata section, you can update the following information : 

  • Manuscript title 
  • Abstract 
  • Keywords - please enter the keywords one at a time and type a comma ( , ) after each keyword so that it becomes a blue tag. All keywords will be lowercase.

Once you've filled in the required information, click Save. From the save button, you have two options :

  1. '...my current progress' - this option will progress you to the next section. The status will remain 'in progress' and you will be prompted to return to this section to mark your work as complete prior to submitting.
  2. '...and mark step as complete' - if you've completed all required fields this option will mark the section as complete and progress you to the next section

A note about required fields : If you're missing required information, you will not be able to mark a section as complete

Authors

While in the Authors section, you can update the following information :

  • Corresponding author information including :
    • First / Last name (required)
    • Institution
    • Department
    • Degrees
    • ORCID iD (learn more here)
    • Link to the author's personal website, scholar profile, etc.

A note about the corresponding author : The author who submits the manuscript is the user who has the manuscript tied to their account on Scholastica. There can only be one submitting author per manuscript — the co-author's information will be listed as well, but it is not linked to their Scholastica accounts.

  • Co-author information including :
    • Author type (person vs. organization)
    • First / Last name (required)
    • Email Address
    • Institution
    • Department
    • Degrees
    • ORCID iD (learn more here)
    • Link to the author's personal website, scholar profile, etc.
  • Optional Demographic Information :
    • Please note : it is a journal's choice to request this optional information and thus this information may not be present on all submission forms.

 After you've entered all co-authors, you can arrange the order that the authors appear on your submission by dragging and dropping the author names to arrange them in the correct order ( see below for more information). 

Once you've filled in the required information, click Save and either mark this section as complete or simply save your progress to continue on to the next step.

Files

While in the Files section, you can update the following information :

  • Primary Manuscript file 
    • File type must be .doc, .docx, or .pdf 
    • Be sure to carefully read the submission guidelines prior to uploading your file. If a journal requires an anonymized manuscript file, please make sure to remove any identifying information prior to uploading your file.
  • Additional Files
    • You must include a descriptor (or name) for each file that you add to your submission (ex: "Cover Letter" or "Table 1"). This helps editors understand what file(s) they are opening, which is sometimes unclear based solely on the file name.
    • To view all supported file types, please see What file types do you support?
    • Files must be added one at a time
    • There is no limit to the amount of additional files that you can include

Once you've filled in the required information, click Save and either mark this section as complete or simply save your progress to continue on to the next step

Reviewers (Optional Section)

While in the Reviewers section, you can update the following information :

  • Optional Reviewers to Suggest / Avoid
    • Adding names to this section can help editors avoid situations where there may be a conflict of interest during the peer review phase. It can also help the editorial team in choosing an appropriate expert in your field to aid in peer review.
    • Please note : It is a journal's choice to request this optional information and thus this information may not be present on all submission forms.

The Reviewers section is an optional step, but it must be marked as completed in order for you to complete your submission. If you'd like to skip it, just click the Save button and select "...and mark step as complete" to move forward with your submission.

Confirm and Submit

While on the Confirm & Submit page, carefully review all of the information that you have entered. You cannot make any changes to your submission once you click Submit manuscript. This includes the Manuscript Title, Abstract, Keywords, etc. If you need to make updates prior to submitting, click on the section that you need to update to make the change and save your work. 

When you are ready, read the confirmation disclaimer and click Submit Manuscript .

  • Note : Some journals may require you to pay a submission fee. In those cases, you will be required to enter your credit card information in order to complete the submission.

FAQs

Find answers to common questions about submitting a manuscript through your Scholastica account. If you have questions about specific journal guidelines, please contact the journal directly. The journal's contact information can be found on the Home or About page by clicking Contact by email. Click on your question below to jump to the answer.

How do I add co-authors?

You must fill out your information first and click add author to save your information. As the submitting author, you are the corresponding author by default. You cannot add choose another author to be the corresponding author. Once your information is saved, you can add as many additional authors as is necessary by clicking Add author. You can update the information for each author at any time before submitting by clicking Edit.

Can I order my authors?

Yes! Simply click on the authors to drag and drop them into the desired order

What file types do you allow? 

For a complete list of file types, please see What file types do you support?

What is the fee to submit? 

Journals that accept submissions through Scholastica determine if there is a fee to submit to their journal. The choice is theirs and Scholastica has no control over this decision. To discuss submission or processing fees with a journal prior to submitting please contact the journal directly to learn more. You can find the email address to contact a journal on their Home or About page by clicking the contact us link.

Can I save my progress?

Yes – you can save your progress every step of the way!

To save your work, first click Save. From there, you have two options :

  • Save '...my current progress'
    • This option will progress you to the next section. The status will remain 'in progress' and you will be prompted to return to this section to mark your work as complete prior to submitting.
  • Save '...and mark step as complete'
    • If you've completed all required fields this option will mark the section as complete and progress you to the next section

If you're missing required information, you will not be able to mark a section as complete, but you can save your progress

Managing your drafts

You can manage your submissions, including any drafts, by going to your My Manuscripts page. From there, you can delete a draft by finding the draft that you would like to delete and clicking Draft submission. Or, to continue working on the draft, simply click Resume submission.

Completing Required Information

In order to complete the final step of confirming and submitting your manuscript, all required fields on the form must be entered. Additionally, all sections must be marked as complete. A quick way to tell if you have not marked a section as complete is to look for the yellow In progress icon. You can click each section that needs attention in order to update the information. When ready, save and mark the section as complete.