The pressure to publish is high for early-career\u00a0academics. But once your paper is written, getting a journal article published is easier said than done. Here, then, are five tips on how to get a journal article published.\n1. Picking a Journal\nTo get a journal article published, you first need to work out where you will\u00a0submit your work. You can do this by researching journals in your subject area. Look for the publications that feature articles similar to your own, especially in terms of your research approach.\n\nIt\u2019s also a good idea to go for a journal with a narrow scope.\n\nIf you have a paper about mating behavior in lobsters, for example, you could submit it to the multidisciplinary science journal\u00a0Nature. However, unless you have a strong history of publishing, you may be better off submitting your work to the\u00a0Journal of Crustacean Biology, which focuses specifically on the subject you\u2019ve written about.\n\n[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="408"] A niche topic, admittedly, but someone needs to write about it.[\/caption]\n\nKeep in mind that you can only submit to\u00a0one journal at a time. This makes researching your options before submitting a paper vital.\n2. Follow Journal Guidelines\nAll journals have publication guidelines. These will be on the journal\u2019s website and called something like \u201cAuthor Guidelines\u201d or \u201cSubmission Procedures.\u201d\n\nIn this document, you will find complete instructions for how a paper should be written, formatted, and referenced. It will also tell you how to submit a paper and any supplemental materials required (e.g., whether you need to\u00a0write an abstract and come up with key words).\n\nFollow these instructions as closely as possible. If you are unsure about anything, contact the journal.\n3. Editing Your Journal Article\nBefore you submit anything, you should get your work\u00a0edited and proofread. If the article is accepted, you may need to make further edits. But getting it as perfect as possible before submitting is vital.\n\nThis will ensure that your arguments come across clearly, increasing your chances of impressing the reviewer. It will also show the reviewer that you are serious about your work.\n4. Contextualize Your Journal Article\nWhen you are ready to submit your work, you will need to write a cover letter. But while you should say what your paper is about (a\u00a0snappy title\u00a0helps), this shouldn\u2019t be your main focus.\n\nAfter all, the reviewer will read your paper, so including your argument in the cover letter is unnecessary. Instead, give some context about your work: e.g., what your interests and academic history are, what you\u2019re responding to or building upon, and what it contributes to the field of study.\n5. Revise and Resubmit\nYou need thick skin to be an academic since it is rare to get a journal article published on your first go. Even if you don\u2019t get an outright rejection, you will probably receive a list of criticisms and suggested revisions. This can sting a bit if you\u2019ve put a lot of work into your paper.\n\nBut you can\u2019t let it get to you. Instead, remember that the criticisms are designed to help you. Read and absorb them, and once you\u2019ve calmed down, get back to work! If you can address the criticisms in your next draft, you will stand a much better chance of getting published.