Moreover, when you are working on a manuscript, reference managers can automatically format your citations according to the target journal’s guidelines and update your reference list whenever you add or remove a citation, saving additional time. If you already have a large amount of data on hand but are still running experiments, consider whether your research can be split into two separate stories.
This approach will allow the faster publication of earlier studies, even before later ones are finished.
Research is often a slow process, requiring the careful design, optimization, and replication of experiments.
By the time you have accrued enough data to write a manuscript, you will likely want to publish as soon as possible.
If you submitted your manuscript to a journal but still have not received a decision, you may want to consider checking with the editor about the status of your submission.
The standard amount of time from submission to decision making can vary between journals and fields, so you may want to confer with colleagues or check the journal website to determine whether you have been waiting longer than usual.
In particular, editors and reviewers may have difficulty understanding the content and may even harbor negative bias against poorly written manuscripts, making rejection more likely.
This is a particular barrier to publication for non-native English speakers.
Conferring with your colleagues, reviewing your own reference list, and browsing journals’ websites and recent tables of contents may be useful for this purpose.
You may also want to consider journals and publishers (such as Elsevier) that favor a more rapid turnaround between submission and decision-making.