By now your article should be nearly ready to submit.
- you follow all the requirements of the journal;
- you have included all the references and they are written using the correct reference style;
- you submit the article in the form required by the publishers.
There is no hard and fast rule about how long a journal will take to respond to you, so you just have to sit tight and wait to hear from them. Some journals have a quick turn around time and other journals can take over a year from receiving your article to getting it published. You do have to wait until you have heard back from the journal before you can submit else where - it is bad practice to submit an article to more than one journal at the same time.
You can expect one of three responses, so it is worth having a back-up plan so you can deal to any of the responses when they arrive.
- An outright rejection. Do not be disheartened by this. It is worth having a re-think and submit to another journal.
- Accepted if you make changes. This is a positive outcome and should be followed up. A lot of people do not re-submit because they get disheartened. If this is the case with you, ask a critical friend to take an objective look at your article and help you respond to feedback.
- Outright acceptance. If this is the case...congratulations. Even the most experienced writers cannot guarantee that their articles will be accepted at first try.