This editorial written by the J. Phys. Chem. Lett. editors appears in today's issue. It highlights manuscript attributes contributing to favorable editorial decisions.
Why Did You Accept My Paper?
This is one question that we never hear from our authors. Authors whose papers get accepted by the editor cherish their publication success, whereas authors whose papers were not accepted may in many instances put the blame squarely on the review process itself. From the author's perspective, the paper he/she just submitted consists of the best scientific results from his/her laboratory and hence deserves publication regardless of the quality of presentation. Editors and reviewers evaluate the papers from the journal reader's viewpoint. Essential factors in drawing a reader's attention to a particular paper include a broad perspective, a good fit with the journal scope, and clear presentation of new scientific findings. Editors and reviewers also check to see whether the paper meets the journal's submission criteria. Those authors who take these aspects into consideration while composing their manuscripts see a significantly higher success rate of acceptance.