I am a Research Scholar in Mathematics in my initial days. I wrote an article and submitted it to a good journal recently. I am confused with the following inquiry of mine:
If my article gets accepted then there is no worry. But suppose my article gets rejected and in the meantime when my article was in peer-review, someone else does the same research as mine and submits his/her research to some lower ranked journal which unfortunately gets accepted.
My query is what will happen to my article. Since an article similar to mine has been accepted, if I try to resubmit it to another journal after the rejection, will the Editors consider my article as duplicate even if I started the work before.
Will the Editor of the journal allow me to resubmit my paper if I show them all the details that I was the one who started this work first but since it got rejected from a higher ranked journal, I am submitting it to his/her journal now.
Will my article be considered duplicate of the one which got published recently in a lower ranked journal?
I am confused.What shall I do in this kind of situation. I guess these sort of things happen to every researcher. How does one get to deal with this?
Another query of mine which is related to the same problem
Even if I put my article on the arXiv and if someone does the same research as mine, is it possible that he/she may say that he/she does not read arXiv articles and hence his/her work is not plagiarized.
Someone please help me out. I am puzzled on how to deal with these two issues.