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It is important to publish any studies that you undertake as the results of those studies will be useful to others who may need data for the preparation of conservation plans. Very often a lot of time and money as well as effort can be saved when baseline data such as inventories already exist for an area that has a conservation plan being developed for it.

The following steps describe the process by which you can publish your paper -

 

  1. Try to get a pre-review if possible-

    A pre-review is a review by someone who has experience conducting research relating to the kind you are submitting for publishing. These are people like professors in academic institutes, who may spend a bit of time helping to guide you and improve your work if they have the time.

  2. Choose a journal that specializes in publishing the kind of study you have worked on -

    For example if your study is an inventory, send it to a journal that specializes in inventories. Make sure your paper is formatted according to the rules of the journal as every journal has their own specifications for the format of the paper which are available on their website. The same website will have details on how you can submit your paper. Some journals such as some open access journals may request a “printing fee” if your paper is accepted but there are plenty of open and paid access journals (open access journals are journals which can be read without subscription fees as opposed to paid access journals that require a subscription fee or a fee per paper that you want to read) that accept papers without charging a fee.

  3. The process of peer review -

    Whenever a paper is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editor of the journal sends the paper to specialists that will check the paper for any errors and possible corrections that are needed. This process is always blind and you will never know who reviewed your paper. (In some cases journals may request you to suggest reviewers, in which case you can search for specialists online who have worked on studies similar to yours or in the area you have. These will generally be scientists and professors from research and academic institutes.) The reviewers send their comments with the paper to you through the editor when they are done reviewing it for the first time. This is to inform you of their opinion regarding the paper. The paper may need a few corrections, or a great deal of corrections and may also require more information or entire sections of the paper being re-written depending on what the reviewers think of your paper. In some cases if the editor or the reviewers do not like the quality of your work or feel that the journal is not the right journal for the type of study you have conducted they will reject the paper altogether. Reviewers comments on the paper can often be very blunt and hurtful to the person who submits a paper for the first time but the process of peer review is necessary to make sure the paper is clear with regards to it's message and that it is of a publishable quality. After receiving the reviewed paper with the comments any necessary changes that need to be made should be made so the paper can be sent back to the journal with it's corrections. The paper may undergo more reviews and corrections in some cases if the reviewers are still not happy with it but once the peer review process is over the paper will be published. The editor of the journal will inform you once it is published and will email you a copy of the paper.

 

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