The A-Z guide to successful manuscript submissions

Ace the submission process by becoming an expert in author guidelines

What will you learn?

  1. Primary duties of and best practices for the corresponding author
  2. Permissions requirements for previously published work, images, and videos in different countries
  3. The importance of knowing author guidelines and editorial processes
  4. Introduction to and advantages of online manuscript submissions
  5. Deep dive into Article Processing Charges (APC), including payments and copyright
  6. How APC requirements can help to identify predatory publishers and journals
  7. Learn about the initial screening stage and how editors assess your manuscript
  8. The editorial production workflow, editor roles and how to communicate with them
  9. What happens to your manuscript post peer review and how you should respond
  10. How to typeset content for electronic platforms, including metadata, HTML, and XML
  11. The proofing process and how to differentiate between different versions of your manuscript
  12. Best practices for submitting corrections to the editor before your paper is published
  13. Introduction to a typical copyright transfer agreement (CTA) and your rights under it
  14. Introduction to the six different types of Creative Commons licenses


Course Description:

While submitting manuscripts, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the publication process. Knowing how the manuscript submission and journal publication process works will not only help you streamline the submission process but will also aid acceptance.

You’ll learn more about the importance of following author guidelines, the role of various editors and the editorial board, and what happens at and after the peer review stage. You will also understand how to decode author publication charges and avoid predatory publishers, handle copyrights and Creative Commons Licenses as an author, and typeset your content for online submissions.

This course has 13 modules, each consisting of an educational video, a module-specific multiple-choice question to check your understanding, and additional resources on the topic. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to handle and know what to expect at each step of the manuscript submission process, which will go a long way in helping you maximize your chance of publishing success.


Course Author:

Richard Threlfall

Richard Threlfall authored this course when he was a Product Manager with the Wiley Lab Solutions group. He worked there for over 7 years, developing synthesis planning and spectroscopy

software for chemists. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool, and was also the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry from 2012-2016. Currently, he is a Data Engineer and Lead KNIME Developer at Innovate UK.


Your Instructor


Wiley Researcher Academy
Wiley Researcher Academy

Are you an early career researcher seeking to improve your research writing skills? Are you an established researcher who wants to better understand the scholarly publishing landscape? Wiley Researcher Academy has the tools you need to navigate the publishing process and increase your chances of achieving a successful publishing outcome.

Written and presented by a global network of journal editors and industry experts from Wiley's prestigious scientific publishing portfolio, Wiley Researcher Academy provides an authoritative source of training and enablement to help researchers at any level achieve their full potential.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1: Duties of the corresponding author
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  Module 2: Obtaining permission to use previously published materials
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  Module 3: How to facilitate the editorial process
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  Module 4: Online manuscript submission
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  Module 5: Article processing charges and predatory journals
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  Module 7: The editorial team
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  Module 8: Revision, acceptance and copy editing
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  Module 9: Typesetting and tagging
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  Module 10: Checking the proofs and publication
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  Module 11: Copyright transfer agreements
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  Module 12: Creative Commons Licenses
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  Module 13: Manuscript submission –final exam
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