The following is an excerpt from an interview with Sage Social Science Journals Editor, Leah Fargotstein in Sage Connection. Leah was asked: How much effort should one put into formatting the submission according to the guidelines? Is it a make-or-break proposition?
The answer to this question really depends on the journal and the editor. For any journal with high submissions and a low acceptance rate, it very well could be. At best, an editor will send out the paper that is poorly edited for review and the article author will have to reformat the paper if it is accepted. Given the various endnote programs and style guides out there for academic papers, it is always better to format the paper correctly in the first place.