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This is a spreadsheet version of the Mirya Holman's pre-submission checklist.
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Note by Mirya Holman: Highly tailored to political science and to the fields that I (Mirya Holman) publish in. Evolves all the time. Please adapt to what works for you! My notes are in parentheses – ignore these if you are using the checklist! I PRINT THIS OUT and physically check the checkmarks as I prepare my manuscript, otherwise I’ll skip the hard steps 😊
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1. Proofread
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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have I proofread my article?
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did I run spell check and grammar check? (I am a terrible speller)
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did I proofread the introduction and abstract carefully?
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do I have page numbers?
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have I accepted all track changes and stopped tracking?
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have I deleted all comments from the draft?
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am I kind? Would I say everything in the draft in a conference presentation? To an audience where the people I cite sit? In a job talk where the people I cite are in the audience?
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2. Citations
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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are the first 10 cites people that I like or that I want to read my article?
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have I cited myself?
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have I run my works cited through Jane’s gender balance checker and am I citing more than 50% women? (note: found here https://jlsumner.shinyapps.io/syllabustool/ I aim for more than 50% women because of my field and because I’m trying to right some historic wrongs)
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have I cited at least one grad student / contingent faculty member? (This used to just be “someone junior than me” but as I have grown long in the tooth, that pool grew)
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have I minimized my citations of assholes? (Impossible to eliminate this in political science, but I try)
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3. Introduction
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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do I explain, in less than 2 pages, what my RQ is, what I find, and how I found it?
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do I *kindly* explain the gap that I am filling in the scholarship?
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[if applies] do I clearly explain the coolness of my data or method?
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do I have at least one sentence that explains why anyone cares about my finding?
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4. Data and methods
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have I explained, kindly and patiently, why my data and method are cool and who else should be excited about my approach?
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does my data/methods section actually serve a purpose, or am I just grandstanding?
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would someone else be able to follow my footsteps if they wished to gather the data that I did or use the method that I did?
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do I actually do what I say that I did? (check and see if you changed anything – control variables, checks, approach from drafts to final version)
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5. Tables and figures
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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do all tables and figures stand alone without the text?
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does the text clearly explain how to interpret each table or figure so that an undergrad could read it and get it?
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does each table or figure have a note that fully explains [if necessary] a) the data, b) the method, c) how to read the table or figure, and d) what every symbol in the table/figure means
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6. Abstract
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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does my abstract actually fit my paper?
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does my abstract signal which reviewer pool my paper would go to?
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is my abstract well written and straightforward?
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can an undergrad read my abstract and understand what my article is about?
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7. Upload / Proof
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Comments:<Insert your comments>
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have I written a short cover letter? (only applicable if I’m worried about a desk reject or if the fit of the journal isn’t clear or if the journal doesn’t accept recommended reviewers into their system)
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have I recommended at least three reviewers?
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have I noted who has read my article before?
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have I uploaded all the related documents to my paper, including my appendix?
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have I fully looked at the proofs, including how the tables and figures appear?
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really, did I do this? Did I print them out or view them in print mode on the screen so I can see what the reviewer sees?
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did I copy the right abstract into the box in manuscript central? Does it match the document?
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do I have a reward for submission picked out for myself?
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