I submitted manuscript to a reputed journal(computer science field). It was desk rejected after 6 weeks. Summary of reason given by the editor are
- It is purely a paper applicable in the field of "computer network" and do not match the scope of the journal
- Performance evaluation is based on simulation and not on real world data
I feel the reasons given by the editor is unfair . Because
The journal website itself states that they encourage "theoretical and simulation based paper " in their web page
I have sufficient reasons to believe that my paper is within their journal scope
Rejecting the paper if the journal is not interested in publishing is acceptable. But what makes things sad is the time they took to do the same and for reasons which I feel is unfair.
I have politely mailed my defence for the issues raised for the rejection to the journal
My question is
In general, does author's opinion on the rejection matter ? If communicated , will someone read it ?
What are the extra things we should consider while applying to a journal, given the paper is good and within scope of the journal?
Are there instances of unfair rejections in reputed journals ?