How to boost your chances of getting published in top peer-reviewed journals?

What will you learn?

  1. Tools, methods, and tips to choose a target journal
  2. Coping with the slow publication process
  3. What to watch out for in a pre-review assessment
  4. Tips for writing an effective research paper title
  5. Structuring your manuscript in the IMRaD format
  6. Bonus: Using the correct quantitative expressions
  7. Citation styles: Harvard and Vancouver styles
  8. Peer review and editorial decision making at journals
  9. Tips to effectively respond to peer review comments
  10. Handling conflicting opinions on reviewer comments
  11. Dealing with reviewer requests for major revisions
  12. Sample responses to peer reviewer comments


Most top peer-reviewed journals have acceptance rates that are about 10% or even lower. Even the most path-breaking research can be rejected if the corresponding manuscript doesn’t meet the basic editorial parameters or fails to respond to the peer reviewer’s comments appropriately.

In this two-part program, you will learn how to structure your research manuscript effectively and get tips on handling peer review comments to increase your chances of acceptance in top journals. The first lecture will equip you with all the information needed to draft a stunning research paper as per the IMRaD format, with practical tips and advice on structuring each section of your paper. You will also learn how to organize bibliographic references, use the right quantitative expressions, and identify predatory journals. The second lecture will prepare you to deal with reviewer comments appropriately with useful pointers, case-based advice, and sample responses to reviewer comments. By the end of this cohesive program, you will be able to structure your manuscript to impress journal editors and handle the peer review process with more confidence.

Your Instructor

Dr Jacob Wickham
Dr Jacob Wickham

Dr Jacob Wickham, Managing Editor of the journal Integrative Zoology, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Entomology in Rutgers University. An award-winning and celebrated zoologist, Dr. Wickham has over 15 years of experience in academic publishing and had published several papers in high impact journals. Dr. Wickham has gained a lot of valuable experience in research and journal publishing over the years and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with researchers to help them in their publication journey.

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