Blog #12 | 2024

The Submission Process Demystified: From Manuscript to Publication


Dear authors and research scientists in the water resources discipline, welcome to Blog 12! Today, we e`mbark on a journey that demystifies the intricate process of submitting your manuscript and navigating the path to publication. From the initial submission to the joyous moment of seeing your work in print, this blog aims to guide you through each step, offering insights and encouragement along the way.

A Step-by-Step Walkthrough of the Submission Process

Prepare Your Manuscript:
  • Ensure your manuscript adheres to the journal's guidelines.
  • Include all required sections: title, abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and references.
Check for Ethical Compliance:
  • Confirm that your research meets ethical standards.
  • Provide necessary documentation such as ethics approval and informed consent.
Format According to Guidelines:
  • Follow the journal's formatting requirements for text, figures, tables, and references.
  • Pay attention to specific guidelines for supplementary material, if applicable.
Prepare Supplementary Material:
  • If your research includes supplementary material, organize and label it appropriately.
  • Ensure that all supplementary files are formatted as per the journal's specifications.
Submit Via Online Portal:
  • Visit the journal's submission portal and create an account if necessary.
  • Follow the online submission instructions and upload your manuscript and supplementary material.
Confirmation and Peer Review:
  • Receive confirmation of submission.
  • Await the commencement of the peer review process.

What to Expect After Manuscript Submission

Initial Review:
  • The editorial team conducts an initial review to ensure your submission meets basic requirements.
  • You may receive feedback or requests for revisions at this stage.
Peer Review Process:
  • Your manuscript undergoes rigorous peer review by experts in the field.
  • Expect constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Editorial Decision:
  • The editorial team communicates the decision based on peer reviews.
  • Possible outcomes include acceptance, revision, or rejection.
Revision and Resubmission:
  • If revisions are requested, promptly address reviewers' comments and concerns.
  • Resubmit the revised manuscript along with a response to reviewers.
Acceptance and Proofing:
  • Upon acceptance, you receive instructions for proofing your article.
  • Review proofs carefully for accuracy and respond promptly to any queries.
  • Your article is published online and, eventually, in the journal's print edition.
  • Share your published work with the scientific community.

Insights into the Peer Review Timeline

The peer review timeline can vary, but on average, it takes several weeks to a few months. Timelines may be influenced by factors such as the complexity of your study, the number of reviewers available, and the extent of revisions required.

Celebrating the Journey from Submission to Publication

Reaching the stage of publication is a significant achievement, and it's essential to celebrate this milestone. Share your work with colleagues, collaborators, and the wider research community. Engage with discussions around your research and consider presenting your findings at conferences or workshops.

Remember, the journey from manuscript to publication is a collaborative effort that involves dedication, resilience, and a commitment to advancing knowledge in the water resources discipline. Embrace the feedback received during the peer review process as an opportunity for growth and take pride in contributing valuable insights to your field.


In conclusion, the submission process is a thrilling chapter in your research journey. By navigating each step with diligence and enthusiasm, you not only enhance your chances of publication but also contribute meaningfully to the collective knowledge in the water resources discipline. Here's to the success of your submission and the exciting road ahead!

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