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Questions on rejecting or being rejected, as relates to a manuscript, graduate school application, dissertation, or other academic endeavor.

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My paper was accepted with minor revisions, but then a rejection e-mail was (apparently) sent to my late co-author. How to proceed?

In December 2020, my article was accepted in peer review, only minor corrections. I sent it back correctly and they confirmed they received the article. I was the author. My co-author unfortunately ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It got me so disappointed because I thought the publication experience was the most crucial part of the application, and, as far as I could tell, not that many students in the universities I applied ...
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Rejecting an accepted PhD offer for another - Would really appreciate some advice/opinions! [duplicate]

I just got some great news that I have been offered a full studentship on a PhD program that's currently my second most favourite option. I have only until March 16th to accept it or reject it. In the ...
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Is it OK for a journal which already rejected my paper to ask me later on to serve as a reviewer? [duplicate]

One of my paper was rejected from some journal around one an half year ago (I still working on my paper, anyway :)) and during the submission process, I have filled my profile in their submission ...
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Declined PhD offer, but now I regret it [duplicate]

Last summer, I was offered a Ph.D. position at a famous University, but unfortunately, while initially I accepted it, then I had to reject it due to significant family circumstances that I explained ...
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PhD rejection Change mind [duplicate]

Last summer I turned down a PhD offer that previously had accepted. This happened due to family reasons which I explained to my supervisor. Now I regret this decision, and I would like to join again. ...
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Risky Research And Fear Of Rejection [closed]

I have had panic attacks recently because I have to submit a paper from my research. Although I am passionate and I find it enjoyable, the head of the group has ridiculed me for having risky research....
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I rejected a PhD offer but now would like to accept it again

I accepted a PhD offer but next I had to reject it due to family reasons that I explained to my supervisors and they understood. A couple of weeks later I have overcome these family hitches and the ...
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What to do if the article is rejected due to misunderstanding [duplicate]

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 ...
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Is it possible to submit to an IEEE journal a modified paper after getting an “Immediate Reject”?

I submitted a paper to one of the IEEE transaction journals and got an “Immediate Reject” (how it is stated in ScholarOne system) from the EiC. The motivation behind this decision included language ...
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What happens to rejected papers?

I am a Masters student in math and thus new to academia and publishing in general. I am a coauthor on a number of recently submitted papers and had the (somewhat intrusive) thought, what happens to ...
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Got rejected after giving Postdoc interviews for the umpteenth time. Am I doing something wrong or am I just unqualified for jobs? [closed]

I am fed up with getting rejections after rejection. I have applied to over 30 Postdoc positions and got just three interview invitations. I thought I did well in the interview consisting of 15-20 ...
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Rejected Paper by the Associate Editor

I am a very objective person and I don't mind constructive criticism. I have submitted a research paper to an IEEE journal with high reputation. The co-authors of this paper have broad experience in ...
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Can you resubmit a rejected manuscript to the same journal if you have made many changes to improve the manuscript?

Last year one of my papers was rejected. The editor provided the comments of referees so I have continued to work on this paper following their suggestion. I have done a great deal of work and I think ...
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How many years after MSc graduation, am I able with possibilities to be accepted from a PhD program?

I graduated one year ago and still haven't found a PhD after many applications. In two of these I was ranked at 3rd and 2nd positions accordingly, but I regard that even though has been passed one ...
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My paper was rejected, and some colleagues say this is due to the "reviewer's mindset." What does this mean?

I'm pursuing my PhD (fourth year). My institute has the following rule: At least Two SCI papers is mandatory for awarding doctorate degree. I tried for publishing an SCI paper recently and got ...
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Resubmission after Rejection

My manuscript is rejected by the editor after receiving the reviewer's comments. The rejection is based on the comments from the reviewers. Two reviewers rated my manuscript as important. I received a ...
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I discovered a mistake in my application after being accepted to a master's program. What should I do? Will my offer be rescinded?

I have been accepted to Duke for the MS in ECE program for Fall 2021. I just checked my proof of application and there has been an error. It lists my minor as "Economics" whereas I have no ...
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Do superficially encouraging statements within rejection letters for faculty job applications mean anything?

Over the past few years, I have written a lot of job applications for permanent academic positions. None of these have been successful. I have been interviewed a few times, but mostly I have received ...
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How to not let paper rejection affect you? [duplicate]

At times I am really frustrated with constant rejections when the papers just fail to make it to acceptance. And if this keeps happening for quite some time, especially when your peers are moving on, ...
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Rejection because the paper is too specialised

I submitted a manuscript into a (maths) journal a while ago. Today I received a decision e-mail saying that they have to reject my paper because it is too specialised for their journal. I belive this ...
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How hard is it to get into a good Postdoc position (or advance in Academia generally) after coming from a generally mediocre place?

I am a young theoretical physicist who's currently enrolled in his final year of masters studies and I've started searching for doctoral programs. I've started applying to PhD programs which have a ...
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Why is my paper constantly being rejected despite supervisory team being very happy with it?

I am in my fourth year of my PhD, a rather rocky journey which has involved my original supervisor being fired with little to no notice and various interruptions due to COVID. I am working in the ...
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Significant new developments since rejected paper -- do I still try to publish the original one?

I'm working on a topic in engineering and submit a paper to a journal about 6 months ago (which I also posted on ArXiV). The paper was recently rejected. Since the original submission, I've made ...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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How to proceed after reject & resubmit

I recently got a reject & resubmit which usually would not bother me too much, however, this case is a bit special: The specific journal runs a single-blind peer review process. One review was ...
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Can a rejected paper with no resubmission allowed be resubmitted to the same journal after changing content and heading of the paper?

I got rejection from IEEE WCL with no resubmission allowed. Thereafter, I improved the paper significantly with addition of more analysis spending 8+ months on the paper. Can/Should I submit my paper ...
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Receiving a "Major Revision" After undergoing a "Minor Revision"

I submitted my article earlier this year in January. After 5 months i received a "Major revision", there was 3 different reviewers, and they made very relevant comments, that i found very ...
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Dilemma: Where to publish?

I am an early career researcher from India. I had earned a PhD from a top European University four years ago and then I moved to my home country early this year. I have been working on a century old ...
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Are there any positives/negatives in this rejection email ? or, it is just a desk rejection?

I received the following rejection email today : Dear Prof. XXX, This message concerns the manuscript XXXX by XXX submitted to XXXXX journal. Informal consultations with possible reviewers have ...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

The referee process is technically double blind but I managed to figure out the identity of the referee by writing style. I am 100% sure about this finding. The referee rejected my paper and I cannot ...
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Failed the preliminary PhD exam because the committee members rejected my already accepted publication [closed]

My paper got accepted in a very high-ranking peer-reviewed conference and will be published in the proceedings. However, my university PhD committee members are saying it is ‘weak’ and they did not ...
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No mention of previous work = reject?

I am asked to review a paper for a fairly highly regarded conference. The paper presents some 'novel' algorithms to do a particular job, but it fails to mention any of the various related previous ...
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Reviewers’ comments are not sufficient to reject my paper, what to do?

Recently I received a rejection letter from a journal editor (including some comments). However, when I checked the reviewers comments (from two reviewers), I found that their comments do not seem to ...
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How do I turn down a project I'm not interested in anymore?

I'm an undergraduate student, and I recently got in touch with a postdoc at an institution different from mine - since I was quite interested in her research work. Now, after a few weeks (haven't ...
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How to deal with this rejection email from the journal Mathematics of Computation?

I am an undergraduate student, and i had submitted a paper manuscript to Mathematics of Computation, I choose this journal because of my supervisor, who advised me to submit my paper to this journal, ...
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Dealing with rejection anxiety as a reviewer

I am not very experienced as a reviewer, and I often find myself stressing over recommending rejection, even for the articles which I think are clearly low-quality and unsuitable for publication in a ...
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Misreading of review by editor

I submitted a paper to a journal in pure mathematics and got a rejection mail 5 month afterwards, which essentially said that having two referee reports available they couldn't publish it. So I read ...
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Could a journal reject an article due to the style or quality of accompanying code?

I'm a student working on a doctoral thesis. We're working on a paper for which I've done most of the coding for the statistical analysis (the field is microbio/bioinformatics). I'm new to coding and ...
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Cannot publish my research as I am a sole author

I am a Dr in Statistic. At my PhD journey, I developed four new ideas. During my study, I tried to publish my first paper. Therefore, I sent it to three different high-quality journals. They all ...
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Split paper into two, one was accepted, is it fine to negotiate the rejected paper to be accepted?

I had a paper ready for journal publication, but decided to break it into 2 conference papers and submitted them to a conference. Now, one of them is accepted but the other one is rejected! The thing ...
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Can a poor work history reduce your chances of acceptance into graduate school and/or later securing a tenure-track position? [closed]

In my last post (re: financial feasibility of grad. school), I mentioned having a poor work history (I'm 38 and haven't worked except for a few years of self-employment years ago), and some said that ...
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Can a graduate school change its decision, from rejection to acceptance?

I have heard stories that graduate schools revoke their offers because of various reasons, such as lying in the application and some other serious misconducts. As the title suggests, can the ...
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"Editor invited" to "Decision in Process" [duplicate]

I submitted my paper to World Scientific journal for a week ago. The "Editor invited" status stayed since the submission, and then it changed to "Decision in Process" directly. It seems strange. ...
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Should I resubmit? [duplicate]

I received the following rejection letter from the journal editor. It does not look like “rejection and resubmission” to me. Should I revise and resubmit? Is there any chance of acceptance? ... I ...
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Master’s program rejection with no reason. How to appeal? [closed]

I recently applied for a master’s program and I fulfill all their requirements. In addition, the application fee was around 100 USD that had to be paid in advance. I got the following answer today: ...
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Rejection from a legitimate journal, with reviewers recommending me to try a Beall's list journal

Recently I received a rejection by the editor of SCI Expanded journal (which I consider to be a legitimate journal): The reviewer's comments (just a few days after I submitted the manuscript): ...
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Should I refuse the invitation to review a paper which I recommended for rejection? What should I do if I suspected who wrote this paper?

1) I have been invited to review the revision of a paper that I recommended for rejection. I cannot see the updated paper before accepting or declining this second reviewing invitation. Would it be ...
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Can I include review scores in CV?

I have submitted a manuscript to a CS conference, and it was rejected but with decent scores given by the reviewers (just under the accept treshold). If I list the manuscript as a preprint in my CV, ...
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Will I get rejected because PI cannot show funding? [closed]

I applied to Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for PhD program. I have talked with PI before submitting the application. I have 3.9 GPA from Master , 2 publications and one paper as ...
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