Writing a Cover Letter

When submitting a manuscript, authors will need to additionally submit a cover letter. The purpose of this letter is to highlight the importance and relevance of your research. To assist with preparing your cover letter to include all points, you can download and use our sample cover letter as a guide.

What to Include

  1. Address the editor by their name.
  2. Include your manscript's title.
  3. State that your paper has not been published/is not under consideration by another journal. Also include if an earlier version of this paper was presented at a conference, and provide a detailed list of changes since the presentation.
  4. Provide nominations for two Senior Editors, two Associate Editors, and up to four reviewers. Make sure to include the rationale for your nominations. You may read more about this in the Editor Nominations section.
  5. Declare any conflicts of interest, or confirm there are none.
  6. Include contact information for yourself and any co-authors.

Things to Avoid

  • Do not copy your abstract into your cover letter. Instead, explain the significance of your work and why it should be published in MIS Quarterly.
  • Do not use too much jargon or acronyms. Keep your letter straightforward and easy to read.
  • Avoid too much detail. Keep your cover letter to a maximum of two pages.
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