Cover Letter Requirements and Tips


The Cover Letter should:


  • State what article type is intended (Research Article, Review, Note, Comment, Reply Comment, As I See It)
  • State why the submission is appropriate for the scope of the journal, including why the manuscript will be of interest to the journal’s readership
  • Provide a succinct (≤200 word) summary of the research question and the primary findings (the Cover Letter should be kept to 1 page if possible)
  • Emphasize timeliness and novel aspects of the work (this is particularly important for Notes)
  • State that all individuals listed as authors have: (1) agreed to be listed; (2) approve the submitted version of the manuscript. In one sentence, please (3) succinctly state how each author contributed to the research reported
  • State that the manuscript is not submitted elsewhere and is original
  • Include information on any publication outlets to which the manuscript was previously submitted
  • State the names of any opposed Contributing Editors or potential reviewers and the reasons for opposing them