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Motivated by the answer written by @ÉbeIsaac to this question: Can I write a paper on a method that is novel but yields similar results compared to existing methods?

This participant wrote

Also make sure you go through the Journal guidelines and consult with the publisher/editor prior to manuscript submission.

The part that I would like to understand better is consult with the publisher/editor prior to manuscript submission.

My question:

When is it appropriate to consult with the publisher/editor prior to manuscript submission?

  • @ÉbeIsaac - I hope you will weigh in here. – aparente001 Dec 9 '15 at 15:00
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This really depends on factors such as the field, the reason for contact etc. In my experience it is usually appropriate to consult with the publisher/editor in two cases, when:

(1) you have a short question about something that is not answered in their submission guidelines, or;

(2) you would like to send them an abstract to determine whether they think the potential submission fits with their journal.


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    Just for clarification, in case (2) what you may want to send is an extended abstract (e.g. 1-2 pages) rather than the short 1-paragraph abstract you see at the beginning of an article. – mhwombat Dec 9 '15 at 15:17
  • Both comment and answer are helpful. – aparente001 Dec 10 '15 at 4:35

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