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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: I would says you should make sure to know the journal you’re submitting to. There are back issues always available for sale, and you can get peeks at what we like from our online content. For example, we like lyric essays so sending a long, detailed, journalistic piece of non-fiction to us isn’t going to be a good fit, even if it’s a good piece of writing. We often have to reject great work just because it is so deviant from our aesthetic, which sucks because we know it would have had a chance at a different kind of journal.

A: Be honest in every aspect of your work, both its creation and its presentation.

A: Read our guidelines. Don't submit several submissions at once. Don't copy and paste your manuscript into the email body. At least 25% of subs are dumped because of these things.

A: Look at some recent issues via the Kipling Society website (you can do this for free by clicking on 'Reader's Guide' and then 'Searching the Kipling Journal', where pdfs of every issue up to June 2016 are available) and read a few articles. That should give you a notion of what we want and our usual style. The KJ started using peer review in January 2015, so it's best to look from there onwards

A: Read poetry. Read poetry every day, if you can. And read our past issues.
If we don't jive with your work the first time around, take it in stride and send us more work. This whole process is so inherently fickle and subjective. Don't give up on your work or us.
We love a good, non-traditional artist bio. Sure, you've been published in however many journals and nominated for whatever prize, but we want to get to know you! You like food trucks and listening to Wham! in the shower? You play the accordion? Your cat, D'Artagnan, is a master hunter of chipmunks? Now we're talking turkey.

Langdon Dean Julius, Founding Editor of Juke Joint, 15 June 2018

A: Read the guidelines!

A: read some of the books we've published; go to our website and look carefully at our guidelines.

A: First of all, remember this is a market which specifically showcases the work of transgender and non-binary creators. If you are cisgender, please submit elsewhere.
Second, if you are trans/enby, please submit! Don't self-reject! We want your stuff! If it's yours, and it has speculative elements, it is a great fit for Vulture Bones. We're open to virtually anything--short fiction, flash fiction, hypertext, poetry, comics, art, drama, the list goes on. If it's not named there, but it can be stuck up on a website, I'd really love to see it.

A: Read the website. If you are submitting flash be aware this is the most popular submission we receive so take care to make it different, edit it thoroughly and read what has already been published.

A: 1.) Read at least a couple of pieces from the latest issue that are in your intended format. As in, if you are planning on submitting a short story, read a couple of short stories. Same goes for poems, micros, etc.
2.) Proofread your work before submission. I sometimes receive as many as fifty submissions per day and recognizing that an author expects me to do all of the work when it comes to grammar, punctuation, and spelling is an easy, easy, easy excuse to reject the work, no matter how good it might otherwise be.
3.) Read the submissions guidelines completely and follow them. It's only a page of data, which is probably a lot less than you're expecting me to read.
4.) We are not a literary critique service. If your story is rejected and you want to know why; you are certainly welcome to ask. If you decide then that you'd like to debate the reasons, we will not reply and we will block your address.

Brent Armour, Editor in Chief of HelloHorror, 28 May 2018

A: The Journal of International Social Research includes research on the fields of literature, linguistics, philology, history, geography, anthropology, archaeology,psychology, sociology, education, theology etc.
The Journal of International Social Research has been using DOI number since 2015. Besides, our journal has open access policy.
The Journal of International Social Research indexed in EBSCO, MLA,Proquest CSA (Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts), Index Islamicus, Index Copernicus, Journal Seek, Academic Journal Database, DRJI and WorldCat, SIOP SocIndex, EconBiz, TEI (Türk Egitim Indeksi, Acarindex, Global ImpactFactor (GIF), Citefactor, Scholarsteer, ISAM.

A: Give it a read. Make sure the work you are submitting is fully realized.