[Video] How to Compose a Journal Submission Cover Letter

Writing a cover letter is an essential part of the journal submission process. A strong cover letter can impact an editor’s decision to consider your research paper further and ultimately determine whether to publish it in their journal.

This video focuses on the specific content that should be included in a submissions cover letter and gives an in-depth analysis of a sample cover letter to show researchers how to carry out this important task.


This video includes:

  • An explanation of why the cover letter is important
  • A detailed list of what it should include (and exclude)
  • Close-up view of a sample journal submissions cover letter

Video Outline:

  1. Introduction into what a journal submissions cover letter does
  2. Detailed checklist for information to be included in the letter
  3. Sample cover letter with template language you can insert into your own letter

Who should watch this video:

★Those submitting their research paper to a journal

★Anyone interested in the journal submissions process


For more useful writing tips, check out these posts on our “Resources” page:

How to Write the Best Journal Submissions Cover Letter

5 Common Reasons Why Manuscripts Are Rejected 

How to Use Articles in Research Writing 

How to Write a Compelling Research Paper Introduction 

All You Need to Know About Simultaneous Submissions 

Wordvice Journal Submissions Page


Additional Resources for Journal Submissions:

Publishing with Elsevier 

“How do I submit a paper to a scientific journal?” (SciDevNet)

“Writing Cover Letters for Manuscripts” (Biosciencewriters)


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