Here’s a quite helpful checklist for research articles from the Academy of Sociology.
I guess ‘checklist’ is the wrong way to describe it; it’s more like a list of desiderata for good research articles to be considered before starting to write. I mean who’s going to go through 11 pages before submitting an article?
The points are quite helpful, but they are only starting points — follow the links and do your own research on the topics.
Funny thing: Just as I’m doing some light reading on metrics, impact factor gaming, and predatory journals with no real peer-review, I get a revised article to review where there were six (!) reviewers solicitated, all of whom made substantial recommendations.
I was going to write the following:
Thank you for reviewing my manuscript and the useful suggestions. Just one thing, when you write that I refer to additional results in an appendix (“which by the way was not included”), please download the supplementary material I have provided… it addresses almost all of your concerns.
However, I’d have to take it all back: Let me blame the submission system used! You are doing a free service to the scientific community, and the journals should not make it hard to find supplementary material.
I have previously included supplementary material as a ‘picture’ so that it comes attached to the manuscript you download, but was told off for not using the correct container. At least this time I will have unlimited space in the response letter to indicate that the supplementary material was already there… and next time I’ll probably ‘abuse’ the picture container again.
P.S. For another paper, the copy editor in India could not find the supplementary material — that’s scary.
Image: CC-by Mariya Chorna https://flic.kr/p/gJUpio
I have just come across this website: http://thinkchecksubmit.org/ and thought it deserves a wider audience. The “check” section includes useful advise, but I think one item is missing: Does this journal publish the kind of research you do? Browse the table of contents, do a quick search…