Please use this checklist to ensure you have all the necessary information before you start writing your cover letter:
- Correct name of the target journal
- Aims and Scope of the target journal – does your study match these?
- Editor name:
- Some journals have different editors for the different areas of research covered by the journal. You should choose the most appropriate editor.
- If there is no specific editor, you should address your cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief.
- Title of your manuscript
- What type of paper you wish to publish
- Background information regarding your work – what is already known about the subject matter?
- Rationale for the study – why did you perform the study?
- What were the main methods used in your study?
- Names and contact details of potential reviewers
- Funding information
- Contact details for the manuscript’s corresponding author
In addition to these points, you should check your target journal’s instructions to authors for any journal-specific requirements. Additional sections may be required for some types of articles. For example, information about deposition of clinical trial data would need to accompany a report of a clinical trial.