I recently submitted my first journal article and would like to share a few tips and steps that will hopefully help you.
1. Choose a journal
If you can read my title, you are into publishing. If not, you are in need of this post. IMHO, familiarizing yourself with acronyms from your field is not a bad idea. You want to be calm and confident when you saw an email subject starting with a TOC. In addition, your level of comfortableness to refer to IRBs in your daily conversation may indicate your likelihood of becoming a PI for a grant or a member of KFC some day.