Have A Clear Sense Of Purpose
When you write a research paper, many of your choices will be influenced and eventually governed by your inherent purpose.
This includes your choice of journal. For example, if you are co-authoring a paper with your dissertation supervisor, it’s unlikely that Open Access will be of interest to your professor. On the assumption that he or she has a track record of publications, listen carefully and follow instructions!
And if this is your first step on the road to a track record of publications, there are some fundamental rules and procedures to follow: