How to write a cover letter to journal when submitting a manuscript?
- In the letter, it is expected that I propose 5 referees. Is this the only reason to write a cover letter?
- Will the cover letter be sent to the referees or only to Journal's staff?
- 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?
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?)