Classically Inclined

June 21, 2012

Writing a cover letter to a journal

Filed under: Research — lizgloyn @ 3:41 pm
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Writing a cover letter to a journal is a bit of a dark art (like so many aspects of academia), but after time and advice from more senior academics, I’ve got a template which I usually use when sending things out. A request over on #phdchat about how to go about writing a cover letter made me realise that there is perhaps not enough advice on this sort of thing out there, so I thought I’d post my standard template as an extra resource. This is suitable for classics journals and, I would think, most humanities subjects, although I’d recommend tweaking as required or recommended by experts in your subject area and the requirements of the journal you’re writing to – checking the submission guidelines will tell you which buzzwords to include.

Dear Professor Editor,

I hope you will consider the attached manuscript, “[title]”, for publication in [journal title].

The manuscript is approximately [number] words, including [or excluding] notes and bibliography. Its [new and exciting approach to its subject] will be of interest to readers of the journal [for these reasons].

Following your submission guidelines, I have [done what the submission guidelines asked you to do – attached the manuscript in .pdf format/enclosed two hard copies/dispatched my carrier pigeon/etc.].  This original manuscript has not been previously published nor submitted to any other journal for consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,



  1. Thanks for sharing. That is reassuringly close to what I usually write. You could also include a sentence saying that whether or not it is accepted, any comments or advice would be welcome. As with a job interview, you can get something useful even out of a rejection.

    Comment by dunstanlowe — June 21, 2012 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the extra suggestion. I think this is one of those things that isn’t actually that complicated but people get very nervous about the first time they have to do it – I suspect we all end up with something fairly similar!

      Comment by lizgloyn — June 22, 2012 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

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