Professional journals are publications where you can find scholarly and educational topics on certain fields. They also publish researches and reviews of past researches. It can also serve as a forum for new researches. Things published in this journal are checked for relevance, consistency, accuracy and truthfulness.
Professional journals differ from magazines in so many ways. Unlike magazines scholarly journals are publications that are peer-reviewed. Its contents are made by experts and professional on the field being talked about. Journals are not usually found on stores while magazines can be easily bought on magazine stands, groceries, drugstores, etc. Journals usually state their sources while magazines seldom cite sources. Contents of magazines are for the common people and general public while journals are printed for professionals on a certain academic field. Journal can use terms that are not common to the public and specific only to a particular field, while magazines uses only words and terms that the general public can understand.
Getting a research published in a professional journal is important for researchers. This way they can show their work and share it to the people who are in the same field of study. Having a research published in a professional journal is a big advantage. It can bring an edge to your credentials and it can also help you land a position in the field of research.
Having an article or research published in a journal is not that easy. A submitted manuscript undergoes scrutiny and examination done by the editor. They decide whether your manuscript is suited for the journal or whether it meets all their requirements. Once it passes the editors examination it will then be passed to reviewers to evaluate its content. The reviewers will not know anything about the author. The editor will also choose the most suitable reviewer for the research, probably someone who has experience on the topic of the research. The research will be rated and the reviewers are expected to give recommendations. Then the final decision will be done by the editor basing his it on the results of the review done. Some research still needs revisions even if they are already accepted. After the review you will have to finalize your manuscript and adjust it according to the journal’s writing style. You should double check your research for orientation, writing mechanics and length and be sure that it fits the journals standards.
Following the journal’s requirements will only show that the author is professional enough. Submitting a poorly constructed manuscript that does not meet the journal’s writing style can mean lack of interest and effort in the part of the researcher. Double checking your content is also helpful. These will help you improve your manuscript more. Grammatical errors and even minor mistakes can cause negative impression on the editor and reviewers.
In submitting a research it is important that you choose appropriately the journal that you want your research to appear. You should choose a journal that fits your research. Journals have different standards and orientations. You should know these and incorporate it in your manuscript before you submit them for review. Choosing the right journal is the key to a successful publication of a research. If your manuscript is something about health then you should choose a journal that is related to health such as a Journal of Medicine, etc. If you are interested in a particular journal but still want to know more about it you can call its editor and ask him questions. You can also check it online for information that may be helpful with your submission.