First impressions matter. I recently spoke with a few journal editors regarding cover letters for manuscript submissions. They all acknowledged many authors fail to write compelling cover letters. In fact, too many authors simply copy and paste the abstract, not a good choice. Abstract details are not appropriate for the cover letter. Journal editors want to be convinced to read the abstract in the first place. Strong cover letters offer a clear, and concise, description with broad context explaining why the journal audience would be interested in the findings. The lesson here is that your manuscript will have greater chance of positive review, and therefore acceptance, when presented in an attractive package.
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