I had my paper returned from several journals saying that it does not match their subjects areas, no reviewer agreed to review it etc. even though I had checked properly regarding the subject scope of the journals before submitting. They were all indexed journals in Web of Science, so perhaps they felt that the impact of my article was not enough.

But from my side, I had worked to obtain the results mentioned in the article and am very grateful if it gets accepted by a journal with good indexing, like that from Web of science (like Science citation index expanded, emerging sources citation index etc.) or SCOPUS indexed journals. In our university those two are the most accepted indexing criteria. So that's why I tried such a journal.

In the journal where I had submitted before the last submission, I felt that the reviewer has not understood my expression of the result clearly so when it got rejected, I rewrote it with more explanations and submitted again.

Then, it got rejected again, but fortunately they have sent me a complete reviewer report (in earlier cases I didn't get such a report). There, according to the comments, I can clearly see that the reviewer has misunderstood some of the elements I mention and hence he gets it as a weak result. With regards to this, I have explained the elements to be considered very clearly too, I don't know what else can be done to make it clear.

Moreover, I have waited for the response of several journals now, and with regards to the time durations I am concerned with getting the publication for some of my important works. So, what can I do now?

Are there reliable author services which will help me to get the paper published in a good journal, in a short time period?

Or should I try a journal which is not indexed? If that is the case, I am at the disadvantage because other people will not value my hard work right?

Is there anything I can do, to get it published while maintaining its quality? I'm very glad if anyone can advise me. Thank you very much in advance.

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    There are many questions in here, many of which are addressed in other questions on this site. I believe that the primary question, about being misunderstood is addressed by the question that I linked. If you want to ask other portions of this question, I would suggest asking them one at a time as separate questions.
    – jakebeal
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:18
  • Did you present your work at conferences? what was the reception? Try to publish on new journals from reputable publishers, if they do not yet have an impact factor, they may be more open to publish weak results, while at the same time "giving you" (in the future) an impact factor for your papers.
    – EarlGrey
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:18
  • Thank you @jakebeal
    – Hasini
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:19
  • And @EarlGrey I haven't presented it at a conference. My supervisor wasn't very happy with that. He wanted to go for indexed journal publication only and devote my remaining time on studying
    – Hasini
    Jul 14, 2021 at 20:21
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    " I felt that the reviewer has not understood my expression of the result clearly so when it got rejected" -- there is your problem. If a reader cannot understand what the key point of the paper is, then you've done something wrong as an author. Jul 14, 2021 at 20:45


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