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Advice for Editors

Advice for Editors

Increasing Submissions, Visibility, and Impact for Your Journal

One of the most important facets of a journal is ensuring that there is a continual flow of quality manuscripts submitted to the double-blind peer review process. To ensure that this happens, authors and scholars in the academic community need to submit their research to your journal. By disseminating material and posting information related to the journal, the discoverability of your journal can be increased, which in turn leads to more manuscript submissions.

While IGI Global can distribute your journal’s call for papers through our extensive mailing list, it’s imperative that you, as Editor-in-Chief, are doing your due diligence as well. Members of IGI Global’s development and marketing divisions will help in any way that they can, but certain actions must be performed by the Editor-in-Chief, as noted in the signed contract. As the expert and respected academician in the field, a personal invitation from you will carry more impact, compared to a broad call from your development editor. In our decades of experience, we find that efforts to recruit manuscript submissions are typically much more well-received by the research community when coming from the leadership of the journal.

Here is the excerpt from your signed contract which outlines your role in promoting the discoverability of your journal:


  1. Editor in Chief is requested to encourage the members of his editorial board to recommend the journal to their libraries.
  2. Editor in Chief must understand that in order for the journal to be a strong influence in its area, the process of manuscript recruitment should be a continuing task for the editor.

Increasing the submission number for your journal will allow you to be more selective in garnering high quality content and will also expand the network of contributors who can support with the promotion and usage of your journal. Ideally, also leading to greater visibility for your journal, thus increasing citation impact and indexing potential.

Improving the indexing positioning of the journal and also submission numbers for a journal work in tandem, and it’s very difficult to have one without the other. In IGI Global’s 30+ years of publishing experience, we have noticed that the journals with better indexing inclusion (due to high citation rates and impact) also receive higher submission numbers. The two are correlated, and it’s imperative that we, IGI Global, and you, the Editor-in-Chief, work individually and collaboratively to increase submissions and visibility/usage of the content.

This guide will provide an in-depth description of how to increase submission rates and visibility for your journal through various methods.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers may be, simply put, the most important communication used in your promotional efforts to recruit more submissions. This document includes all the pertinent information to an author, including the mission/description of the journal, a point of contact, submission link, topics covered, etc.

Here are a few places where you can distribute your Call for Papers:


Posting on Listservs is an efficient way to circulate relevant information about your journal quickly and easily, including the call for papers, to individuals with a devout interest your journals field of study. Please consult the table below for listservs, categorized by subject, to which you can subscribe.

Subject Listserv #1 Listserv #2 Listserv #3 Listserv #4
Business & Management OR Business Management BETS-L Business Ethics Teaching Space IMD-L CFP List
Computer Science & IT CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Education CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Engineering CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Environment & Agriculture CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Government & Law H-Pol CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited
Library & Information Science CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Media & Communications EMEDIA CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited
Medicine & Healthcare HEALTHMGMT Health Technology Wiki CFP Papers Invited
Security & Forensics CFP List Wiki CFP Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts
Social Sciences & Humanities Wiki CFP CFP List Papers Invited Conference CFP Alerts

Please keep in mind that IGI Global cannot post anything on Listservs on your behalf.

For more information on distributing your call for papers, please view IGI Global's "Distributing Your Call for Content" page.

Social Media

Social Media has become a powerful outlet for networking and communicating in a timely manner, regardless of location in the world. Sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ allow for groups of like-minded individuals to come together and format their feeds with information that relates to them. By increasing your social media following, and forming groups of researchers in academia, you can post relevant information about your journal, such as the journal's brochure, cover image, discount form, and call for papers, on your social media accounts.

University/Personal Website

Posting the call on your university and/or personal webpage is a way for your colleagues or anyone perusing the webpage to submit a manuscript to your journal.


If you are attending an upcoming conference, take numerous copies of the call for papers to distribute to attendees.

Associations and Societies

If you are currently a part of a society or association, find out if you can post the Call for Papers for your journal on their website, on various online forums, and/or in any related publications. Also, consider making the journal an “official publication” of the society or association.

Consider Revamping the Call for Papers

Feel free to work with your Development Editor and/or co-Editor to look to revamp the overall coverage of the journal. Adding relevant topics that the journal covers is an effective tactic to broaden the overall scope of the journal and attract more submissions and interest.

Collaboration with IGI Global Book Authors/Editors

Group thinking and brainstorming can be an effective method to increase submissions to your journal, especially if others have great success in promoting his/her journal, book, etc. You could also talk to your Development Editor at IGI Global and inquire about transferring non-published chapters to your journal for potential review. Furthermore, including a book review is an easy way to add some extra substance to the issue.

Associations, Societies, & Research Groups

As mentioned earlier, if you belong to any associations, societies, and/or research groups and haven’t reached out to individuals there about publishing in your journal, you have missed on a prime opportunity! However, it’s not too late to invite your colleagues to submit to your journal.

When posting or sending a communication to individuals from an association, it’s important to include the following information:

  • Your role/longevity within the association/research group.
  • Key information about the journal (indices, accolades, mission, topics covered, etc.).
  • Direct link to submit his/her manuscript in the eEditorial Discovery® submission system. (https://www.igi-global.com/submission/submit-manuscript/)
  • Call for Papers

Personal Invitations

Sending out personal invitations to submit to a journal is critical to the success of any journal. These personalized invitations establish a connection with the researchers, potentially increasing the likelihood that they will submit to your journal. These personal communications from you, as the Editor-in-Chief, carry far greater weight and impact than any communication your Development Editor at IGI Global could send.

Here are some groups you can send personal invitations to:

Past Contributors

Reaching out to those who have already published in the journal is an effective tactic in increasing submissions, as you can already verify that there is interest in the journal for this particular individual. This particular researcher likely had a positive experience with you and the journal, further increasing the likelihood that they will consider submitting again. The message that goes to a past contributor is slightly different than someone who has never submitted before. Here is the key information to include in this specific communication:

  • Statement of gratitude for publishing before. Also, recognize the contribution (include the article title if you can).
  • Seeking another manuscript, based on their pedigree and reputation within the field.
  • You can even mention how the journal has grown, changed, and/or developed since their last experience with the journal.
  • Call for Papers

Review Board Members

Within the eEditorial Discovery® online submission system, you are able to download an excel spreadsheet that contains pertinent information about each reviewer, including their name, affiliation, email, role, and detailed statistics about their reviewing history. With this report, you can quickly send a mail merge to all of your reviewers, thanking them for their reviewing work and seeing if they would like to submit a paper for consideration within the journal. To get to this report, you just need to log into the eEditorial Discovery® submission system, click on “Admin” in the top header, and then click “journal reviewers”. From there, click on your journal in the drop-down menu and then the button on the left-hand side that says, “Download Reviewer Listing.”

In this communication, please provide the following information:

  • A statement of thanks for their reviewing activity.
  • Gauge their interest in publishing within the journal.
  • Clearly outline the fact that just because they are a reviewer for the journal does not guarantee publication. Make sure that they also understand that the paper will undergo a formal double-blind peer review process.
  • Call for Papers

Additionally, it is crucial to inform your review board that part of their responsibility as board members is to promote the journal and actively recruit submissions as well. These integral members of the journal should promote the journal in a similar manner as the Editor-in-Chief.

Add a Co-Editor and/or Managing Editor

Adding a Co-Editor and/or Managing Editor to the leadership of your journal is an incredibly effective way to further expand the reach of your journal and will greatly increase submissions. By adding another distinguished individual to the journal, the journal is opening itself up to another network of potential contributors, and depending on the individual’s reputation in the field, they could add significant notoriety to the journal.

Additionally, they can help with work in the submission system, allowing for more promotional efforts, as time will be freed up for sending out communications, posting on Listservs and social media, etc.

Timeliness with Incoming Submissions

Acting on submissions in a prompt manner and efficiently placing papers into and through the review process is important to increasing submissions, as it leaves contributing authors with a positive thought about the journal. Letting manuscripts sit too long and/or not swiftly processing papers into/through the review process lessens the likelihood of that author submitting a future manuscript to your journal. Furthermore, those authors could encourage others in his/her network to submit their manuscripts elsewhere.

Communicate with Your IGI Global Development Editor

This step is imperative, as your IGI Global Development Editor can help with numerous items, including sending a call for papers to our mailing list, take action for you in the submission system, contact sheets for members of your journal and past contributors, etc. At the very least, attempt to maintain a weekly dialogue with your Development Editor. This is important to ensure that your Development Editor is up to date on all facets of the journal at any juncture.

In closing…

While this guide is by no means a full account of every promotional activity, it is an extensive list with a variety of methods to garner more submissions to your journal. As always, please reach out to your Development Editor or the Marketing Department (marketing@igi-global.com) with any promotional inquiries you may have.

Editor FAQ:

Q: I believe my journal is eligible for indexing consideration. What is the process and do I apply for the journal myself or let the publisher handle the application?
A: Journals normally have to be established for at least two years before they are eligible for any indexing consideration. Each index’s criteria is different and our team will assess the journal’s likelihood of acceptance based on that criteria (including diversity, published article count, citation rates, etc.) Typically, it is the publisher’s responsibility to submit the journal for indexing consideration after evaluation of the journal’s overall health. Editors should not attempt to submit an indexing application themselves.
Q: Many authors have voiced their concern about funding availability for their open access processing charges. What are their options/are there any resources?
A: Funding is one biggest uncertainties/concerns for authors when publishing OA. IGI Global offers many resources and agreements that assist eligible authors with funding. See funding opportunities and resources below:
  • Journal Editor-in-Chief APC Waivers: All Editor(s)-in-Chief of an IGI Global journal receive two APC waivers, per editor, per journal, per year, to publish under open access in IGI Global journals. Editors may use each of these waivers for their own work or distribute them to other authors.
  • Journal Invited Papers: Editor(s)-in-Chief may wish to invite 2 specialized papers (invited papers) by prominent authors in the field to be contributed to their journal. On a limited basis, these authors are eligible for an APC waiver. The Editor-in-Chief must fill out an Invited Paper Appeal Form for consideration of each case.
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Corresponding authors affiliated with a low- or middle-income country may request a waiver or discount for the Article Processing Charge (APC) should they be unable to secure funding from an alternate body.
  • IGI Global’s Institutional Open Access Agreements: IGI Global offers flexible institutional Open Access Agreements to support institutions' faculty and researchers in garnering higher usage and potential for indexing for their work when publishing under the open access model. Learn More
  • Refer to IGI Global's list of foundations and institutions that provide Open Access Funding Resources.
Q: Authors are asking me when their article/chapter/book will be indexed. How can I respond?
A: Once content of already indexed publications (journals and books) is provided to each index, IGI Global has no influence over the evaluation process, nor do our staff have any control over their processing and uploading timelines. Therefore, it's important to understand that it can take several weeks before we receive any notification on the upload status. They can contact openaccessadmin@igi-global.com for more information such as next steps and who/where to go to contact the index personally.
Q: My journal has been underperforming as far as submissions and published content. What actions can I take to increase interest?
A: Editor(s)-in-Chief are responsible for the continuous recruitment of submissions for their journal, as well as assisting with its discoverability. By disseminating information about the journal and posting content related to the journal, Editor(s)-in-Chief can increase the discoverability of their journal, which in turn will lead to more manuscript submissions. We encourage editors to recruit submissions from their networks and colleagues, actively post Call for Papers on their respective university websites or personal social media pages, etc., and actively meet with IGI Global's Open Access (openaccessadmin@igi-global.com) and Journal Development (journaleditor@igi-global.com) teams to discuss the journal's overall health and recruitment/promotional strategy.
Last Updated September 28, 2023