How to write a good cover letter for an academic journal paper?

by Martin Monperrus

When one submits a scientific paper to an academic journal, one typically writes a cover letter.


The goals of a cover letter are:

Elements of a cover letter

The cover letter must at least contain:

Optionally, it may indicate:


September 19, 2017

Dear Jane Doe,
Editor in Chief, The Academic Journal
We would like to submit the attached manuscript entitled "How to write a cover letter". This manuscript (or closely related research) has not been published or accepted for publication. It is not under consideration at another journal.
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To sum up, the key novelty of this paper is XXXXXX.

Should you require any further information, please contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Martin Monperrus

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