English Editing Researcher Services

Cover Letter Checklist

Please use this checklist to ensure you have all the necessary information before you start writing your cover letter:

  • Correct name of the target journal
  • Aims and Scope of the target journal – does your study match these?
  • Editor name:
    • Some journals have different editors for the different areas of research covered by the journal. You should choose the most appropriate editor.
    • If there is no specific editor, you should address your cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Title of your manuscript
  • What type of paper you wish to publish
  • Background information regarding your work – what is already known about the subject matter?
  • Rationale for the study – why did you perform the study?
  • What were the main methods used in your study?
  • Names and contact details of potential reviewers
  • Funding information
  • Contact details for the manuscript’s corresponding author


In addition to these points, you should check your target journal’s instructions to authors for any journal-specific requirements. Additional sections may be required for some types of articles. For example, information about deposition of clinical trial data would need to accompany a report of a clinical trial.