Requirements for the content of an article. How to pass a peer review?

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For an article to pass a strict consideration by international peer reviewers, one should adhere to certain requirements imposed by scientometric databases. The experts of the journals included in Scopus and Web of Science are very strict about the content of a research paper. Even if it is perfectly formatted and structured, it may not be accepted due to an undisclosed experiment, not actual subject, plagiarism or uncited references in a research paper. Here are some of the main rules which are important to be followed when writing a research paper:


1) Every research article should raise an actual subject and carry the novelty of research.
The text of a research paper is the deep analytical material that reveals and describes the whole essence of the research with examples of the obtained data. Peer reviewers of international databases, first of all, look at whether there is a discovery in a research paper the results of which will be an important contribution to the world science in a particular subject area. 


2) Text should be written in a scientific, but plain for other researchers language.

It should meet all speech norms. 
In the good text there is laconism, preciseness and clarity of the content. The information is сlear and accurate, without ''waffling on'' or excessive use of terminology. Words and sentences are logically made up, thoughts are structured and completed.


3) Peer reviewers of journals included in Scopus and Web of Science are very strict about the uniqueness of research papers.
An article should be published for the first time and have at least 85% of originality of text. If this requirement is not met, a research paper will simply be rejected and sent back to a scientist. We do not advise you to check your research paper for uniqueness on your own. Many anti-plagiarism systems that are available on the Internet do not show the true percentage of text copying. It is better to turn to the company which audits an article. The editors of the company check the uniqueness with the help of special software that guarantees accurate indicators.


4) Article should be translated into academic English language.

Peer reviewers often refuse to publish an article because inaccurate translation. Research papers contain complex terminology, so it is better to give the text to a professional translator who will check it and send it for proofreading to a native speaker. This double stage of paper (proofreading) with an article guarantees a high evaluation of translation from peer reviewers of international databases.
5) Illustrations and pictures are presented in high quality. 
All images should be unique, informative and logical. When formatting the illustrations, an author writes their names and numbers. Numeration is not needed if there is only one picture.
Every picture should be obligatory cited throughout the whole research paper. Therefore, one should check if the references to them paper.
 To be sure, it is better to clarify these requirements for formatting in the journal in which you send documents for publication, as in each periodical, the criteria can differ from one other. 
6) Tables, formulas and schemes should be converted with the help of LaTeX formula.
All technical indicators in a article should have the correct form. Therefore, for improving the paper with them, this formula was introduced. These requirements should be met if an article is submitted to Scopus and Web of Science. LaTeX Program is very multifunctional. It helps control the amount of text in one paragraph, arrange hyphens and spaces, creates tables and lists, makes it easier to work with cross-references and much more. 


7) Every scientific journal very painstakingly checks the way of formatting the literature.
 The references to the other sources in the text (they can be inside the text, at the end of the text and under the lines) are written inside a research paper under the line or at the very end of an article. The references correspond to only one source. All literature should be numbered in the alphabetical order. It should be carefully and correctly formatted, observing all international standards as this affects the indexing of a research paper by scientometric databases. There are many international styles of formatting, but which of them is needed for a particular discipline is better to find out in the journal where you plan to publish your article.


For a research paper to pass a peer review at the international level, a scientist should also correctly structure an article according to all the requirements for technical formatting. Only in this case an article will have all chances to pass a strict consideration of experts, and a scientist will get a deserved evaluation of his activity by scientific community.


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