Not the best start to the week: submitted two papers months ago and got responses today.
One paper submitted to the top journal in my field got rejected- the editor's letter was personalised and said that the analysis was well-exectued and it was interesting but not significant enough for a general-interest journal. I don't even know what that means to be honest! I introduce a new model for heaven's sake so it can't get more original than that! If the analysis was poor (i.e. the model was flawed) then fair enough but this is strange- is it common to get rejections from journals (I don't know what the stats for rejection/acceptance are generally) any clues?
The second paper got a revise and resubmit, and I have to add more sections (though I don't need to do more research) even though it's based on my PhD which passed and was praised by my supervisor. Is it just me or is it very difficult to get published anywhere these days (this journal doesn't have the same impact factor ranking).
Starting to feel a bit discouraged by the publishing side of academia but I don't have much experience so any views would be appreciated.
It's quite common to get rejections. My PhD supervisor, a top notch professor in my subject area and globally well known, once told me that even professors sometimes get their manuscripts rejected. You need to factor in the rejection rate for that particular journal--which means that quite often, very good (bordering on excellent) manuscripts get rejected. Rejection stats vary from one journal to the other. What I would do is to take cognizance of the reviewers' comments in redrafting the paper before sending it to another journal with similar (or slightly lower) Quartile ranking. You may find this link ( http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php ) useful concerning journal ranking in most fields.
Hiya, I read the comment about your article not being significant enough for a general interest journal as meaning that you should try a more specialised publication that caters for a relevant niche. That was my immediate understanding.
Hope that helps a bit.
Sorry to hear your news, but you need to take it on the chin and move on. And you should be really grateful that they rejected you quickly. Sometimes journals can take up to 2 years, in some fields, before rejecting outright. Thank you not!
Concentrate for now on the revise and resubmit. You've got a foot in the door. I've had quite a few revise and resubmits, and although they can initially be a bit tough to take I now view them very positively. Make the changes they say, resubmit. You stand a very high chance of being published.
With the other paper, possibly rewrite it a bit, but certainly find another journal. It's likely the one you aimed at has a very low acceptance rate for papers, and will only accept the very very best. It isn't enough that your work has passed a PhD - journals have higher more discriminating standards than that! They can pick what they like. So look for other journals, perhaps one slightly more closely suited to your research, and submit there.
But don't be disheartened. As others have said this happens to the very best academics. And remember as I said getting a revise and resubmit is very good and positive.
Oh and to put that 8% in context, the majority of people submitting to that journal will have PhDs, and many will be long-term seasoned academics. But even that aside just a tiny proportion of papers submitted to that journal are accepted. So the editors can be very very choosy. It's not a bad reflection on you that yours wasn't accepted, just simple numbers and reality. But there should be plenty of other journals you can turn to, and it's likely that you will see the piece in print eventually. So keep going with it!
Is the impact rating that important anymore? When most of us look for papers we use the internet to search for papers relevant to our topics of research, then download and read them with a cursory nod at most as to which journal they were printed in.
I personally think in the days of the internet, too much attachment is made to impact ratings. I'm more interested in the quality of the document and there's some decent documents with good research even in lower impact journals.
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