Taylor & Francis: A Platform for Pitching Submissions to Its Journals

In News by Porter Anderson

Taylor & Francis describes its new platform as offering research writers a way to find ‘the right home’ for their ‘rejected manuscripts.’

Health communication is one of the areas of scholarly journal publication stressed by Taylor & Francis in announcing its new ‘Communication and Media Studies Network.’ Image – Getty iStockphoto: Mee Photo

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘Support to Authors of Rejected Articles’
In Taylor & Francis‘ newly opened “journal network,” as it’s being called, the company has announced that it’s “giving authors a bespoke list of journals to consider,” while “operating a time-saving transfer service to move the submission to their chosen alternative.”

This, of course, is another way that one of many scholarly and academic publishers is working to attract the submissions of writers in the field.

Anchored in what the publisher today (September 27) calls its Communication and Media Studies Network, the program is described as a way of providing “support to authors of rejected articles and to simplify the process of moving their articles to new journals for assessment.”

Use of the network is “free of charge and entirely optional,” and Francis & Taylor asserts that it “will also help authors discover new journals in the field.”

The new platform, the company says in its promotional media messaging, “has been designed to put researchers in control of the next steps for their research; article submissions will only be transferred to a new journal at the request of the author.”

The Communication & Media Studies Network is a partnership of related journals, the announcement says, “to help every researcher find the perfect home for their article.”

At least 54 journals are reportedly participatory in this tool, covering a range of subjects, “including health communication; intercultural communication; journalism; and information and communication technologies.

Fiona Richmond

Fiona Richmond, head of portfolio at Taylor & Francis, is quoted, saying, “Researchers regularly tell us that having an article rejected is one of the most challenging stages of getting published.

“At that point, not only do they have to come to terms with the fact that their paper isn’t going to be in the journal they had hoped but they’re faced with the prospect of finding a new journal and going through the submission process all over again.

“While the new network won’t take away all the disappointment that comes with a rejected article, we hope it will make the next steps much more straightforward.”

Melissa Fair

And Melissa Fair, head of transfer services at Taylor & Francis, says, “Authors love our article transfer process because rather than having to dedicate time to submitting their manuscripts to new journals, we do the administration for them so they can spend more time focused on their research.

“The Communication & Media Studies Network is an exciting addition to this service, giving authors tailored suggestions to help them find the right home for their research.”

Taylor & Francis reports that it has 2,650 employees based in offices in 17 countries.

Including the Taylor & Francis, Routledge, and F1000 imprints, the company asserts that it publishes 2,700 journals and 8,000 new books each year, while partnering with at least 700 scholarly societies.


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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.