The covering letter

Wherever you submit, do not underestimate the importance of the covering letter to the editor, justifying your choice of journal and explaining why the editors should be interested in publishing the report. Submitting a trial report with a covering letter stating simply 'please find enclosed a report on trial X, which we would like you to consider for publication' misses an opportunity to make it stand out from the crowd. Take advantage of the fact that busy editors can quickly read a short but informative covering letter, and decide whether it is of potential interest. When submitting to a high profile, general journal, attention to the covering letter is of particular importance.

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