There is one simple rule about submitting your manuscript: Do as the publisher requests. Please refer to the instructions to authors or similar information on the journal's website and follow the instructions exactly as requested. For example, see the checklist for manuscript submission from the American Psychological Association.
A key element to submitting a manuscript is the cover letter as that's your opportunity to engage the editor's attention in your work. See "Writing cover letters for scientific manuscripts" for good information and tips on how to craft a noteworthy cover letter. Please also note the links to sample cover letters in the "Learn more" box on the right-hand side of this page.
Once you have submitted your manuscript, your waiting process then begins. It isn't unusual to wait many weeks or months before hearing back from the editor, so don't be discouraged if you don't receive an immediate response. Also, once you hear from the editor, if your article has been accepted for submission, it's standard practice that minor or major edits will first be required by the editor. For more information on the peer review process, please see the information provided in the module titled "Good to great: The editorial and peer review process".
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