Thanks But No Thanks
As a new researcher, eager to build a track record and climb the academic rank ladder, the receipt of a formal rejection notice from an academic journal can be devastating. You look back on all the hours you put into writing, editing and formatting the article and immediately dismiss them as a complete waste of time. You then start planning how to notify your colleagues and begin looking for job opportunities on the most remote research stations on the planet.
Alternatively, you may subscribe to the more aggressive model of: “the best defense is a good offense,” and dismiss the journal reviewers as uneducated philistines who simply did not recognize the genius of your work.… Continue Reading