Your purpose and audience will dictate the type of article you are writing and the type of publication you are looking to approach eg academic research journals, professional magazines, newsletters.
It is important to know the process and to review the guidelines for your chosen journal title
Becoming a reviewer for a journal is a good way to get involved in the process. Publishers provide useful guidance and often online training.
Be clear on the purpose of the paper and who is going to write it. Is it a team approach?
If it is a team approach, it is important to consider consistent tone and use of language, and to have clarity around the rules for co-authorship
Something to consider when choosing a publisher is who will retain the copyright. Will your organisation or employer own the rights to publications produced in the line of work? Does your organisation or employer insist on only publishing in Open Access journals? Was this article the result of collaboration? Many helpful guides and factsheets can be found in the Copyright Toolkit on the Knowledge Network.
Downloadable articles of interest include
Anyone looking to publish should consider ethical guidelines which cover things like self-citation, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, reuse of already published material. It is essential that all new authors understand the rules as failure to adhere to them could result in blacklisting.
See the COPE website for a range of guidance and information/