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How to write a cover letter to journal when submitting a manuscript?

  1. In the letter, it is expected that I propose 5 referees. Is this the only reason to write a cover letter?
  2. Will the cover letter be sent to the referees or only to Journal's staff?
  3. I feel reluctant to praise my contribution in the cover letter. The article should defend it itself. Is the praising important part of the cover letter? Is it required?

1 Answer 1

  1. Nowadays when referees interact with the journal on-line, the cover letter (if any) will be available to them. (Of course you send it electronically to the journal, right?)

  2. No praising.