An Interactive Style of Manuscript Generation

JHSP uses an active and collaborative style of editorial development.  What that means is that we prefer to begin an editorial exchange with authors before they have fully completed the writing of a manuscript.  We prefer to receive a partial submission consisting of a proposed opening vignette and a couple of draft mini-sections.  The editorial team will edit the partial submission and return it to the authors.  This allows us to shape the manuscript to best serve the eventual reader’s needs and to craft the material into the short and concise model of a JHSP formatted article.  It also allows both the author(s) and editor(s) to quickly identify when a given manuscript is unlikely to be a good match with the mission and coverage of JHSP and its readers’ interests and needs.

The JHSP manuscript generation process is, thus, an iterative one.  It most typically involves three submissions, of increasing length.  The first submission is generally a 3- to 5-page initial partial draft, as noted above. After editing and feedback, the author might expand the manuscript to 8-10-12 pages and submit it again.  It will be edited again and returned with further editorial feedback.  We generally edit and return a draft in 2 to 4 days.  At each point the author and editor have an opportunity to discuss possible topics to cover, the perspective to take on each, and how large or small the discussion should be.  The author finally does a last expansion into a full 16-24 page manuscript ready for external peer review.  The process of moving from an idea to full manuscript ready for review can be done in as few as 4-6 weeks, but most typically it is done over the course of 3-5 months, depending on the schedule and time availability of the author.  Because of the iterative style of writing, it is often easier to fit the development of a manuscript into a busy schedule.

For pre-submission inquiries or for more information about the editorial process, please contact Gary Vandenbos, PhD, Managing Editor of JHSP: Gary@nationalregister.org

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