PYR101 Episode 10

My Manuscript Has Been Accepted! Now What?


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Publishing Your Research 101

Episode 10 – My Manuscript Has Been Accepted! Now What?

About the Episode

Congratulations! You have just completed the most difficult part of publishing an article. You wrote the draft of your manuscript, worked and reworked that draft, submitted the manuscript for review, waited anxiously for the peer review results, revised the manuscript, and ultimately the manuscript was accepted for publication. That’s great! Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

However, you are not quite done yet. Your manuscript will now be converted into the format for publication, the graphics processors will prepare your graphics for publication, the technical editors will suggest changes to improve the readability of your paper, and lastly, you will be asked to review those changes in the galley proof. At ACS, this work is done by Journal Production & Manufacturing Operations, a chemistry-savvy and tech-savvy group of individuals who give individual attention to each manuscript.

This episode is broken into three parts. In each segment there will be tips to help you speed your article to publication. Processing your manuscript will be most efficient if you consider some of these suggestions at the very beginning of your first draft; however, it’s not too late even now to get your manuscript published quickly and with the highest quality.

Now that you’ve listened to the segments, it should be clear that ACS is one of the most rapid publishers in getting your manuscript from acceptance to final publication. With the Just Accepted Manuscript option, your final accepted manuscript is published on the Web almost immediately. The fully composed article is published usually within 14 days; this time depends to some extent on how fast you review the galley proof.

One interesting question: Is it really true that some authors submit multiple sets of revisions, or multiple authors submit different, sometimes conflicting, sets of revisions to the same manuscript? It’s hard to believe, but it happens, and that causes major problems and publication delays. Don’t let that happen to your article.

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About The Author

Terri Lewandowski

Director Journal Production and Manufacturing Services

Terri Lewandowski, Director Journal Production and Manufacturing Services, BS in Mathematics from John Carroll University, MS in Computer and Information Science – Biomedical Computing from The Ohio State University

Clay Burgett

Journals Editing Manager

BA in Chemistry from Denison University

Morgan Weidinger

Senior Graphics Associate

BS in Visual Communications from Ohio University

Ronald Kay, PhD

Assistant Editor

BA in Chemistry from Gordon College, PhD in Physical Chemistry from The Ohio State University

Lori Henderson

Senior Associate Editor

BS in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University

Dean Shepherd

Journal Production Manager

BS in Zoology from Ohio University

Jess Moore

Senior Graphics Associate

BA in Design from University of Notre Dame

Sarah Caccamise, PhD

Associate Editor

B.S. Chemistry from Canisius College, Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo