By Charlesworth Author Services on October 09, 2020
The Importance of the Cover Letter for Journal Submissions
Despite the prevalence of online submission systems for articles, the covering letter provides an additional means to tell the journal and its editors why they should consider your article. This is particularly important because the initial editor screening your paper, who is deciding if it warrants peer review, may not necessarily be an expert in your particular specialism. It is therefore essential that you provide a concise summary of what your research adds, and how it will contribute to the journal, in your covering letter. This is especially relevant to highly technical or niche papers.