- March 2018: I submitted my paper in a Q2 journal. The Editor in Chief (EIC) approved for peer review. He sent it to Editor for Europe.
- April 2018: I was asked by the Editor for Europe to re-submit it with changes.
- May 2018: I re-submitted the paper. The EIC approved for review. The Editor for Europe sent out for peer review.
- September 2018: I received a positive feedback by the reviewers. The Editor for Europe asked me for minor changes.
- Early October 2018: I submitted a revised manuscript.
- Mid-October 2018: I received an acceptance letter by the EIC and a congrats email by the Editor for Europe asking me to wait for the proof to check before publication.
- End of October: I received a new reject letter by the EIC!
I asked for clarification. The EIC said that my response rate was low. He did not even apologize for the frustration they caused me for a long 8-month process and an amateur treatment. Nevertheless, I re-submitted the paper correcting a number that dropped the response rate; as he suggested. I received another reject letter.
My final response to the EIC: "I can accept nothing less than proceeding to the publication of my paper as it was accepted by you (reviewed by the Editor for Europe and by two reviewers); " The acceptance letter was attached with my letter. I am now waiting for his response within 48 hours" although I am not waiting for any change in his decision.
- Did this happen to anyone of you? If yes, what was the final outcome?
- Is there a legal path to ask for my right to publish my paper?
I also worry for my data; it took me 6 months to finalize emails with repondents' list.