Does the Cover Letter Really Matter?

TitleDoes the Cover Letter Really Matter?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMoustafa, K
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCover , LETTER , management , MANUSCRIPT , Peer , PERIODICAL
AbstractMany journals require a covering letter alongside the submission process. Some of them, particularly elitist journals, pay a particular attention to the cover letter to such extent an editor may decide not to send a paper out for external peer-review because of a 'bad' or absence of a covering letter. As stated in the instructions of many journals, the goal of the covering letter is to emphasize the novelty and to communicate the potential implications of the reported findings. Authors are also invited to tell the handling editor how the topic is related to the journal's scope and to demonstrate how the results fit in broader context of the literature. Here, I briefly discuss if the cover letter is really necessary. 
NotesMoustafa, Khaled 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), Créteil France; Source Info: Aug2015, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p839; Subject Term: COVER letters; Subject Term: LETTER writing; Subject Term: PEER review of academic writing; Subject Term: PERIODICAL publishing; Subject Term: MANAGEMENT; Subject Term: PERIODICAL editors; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cover letter; Author-Supplied Keyword: Manuscript submission; NAICS/Industry Codes: 511120 Periodical Publishers; Number of Pages: 3p; Document Type: Article