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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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Polarizing paper "almost good enough", but no revision offered

For several years, I've been trying to publish a specific line of research, without success. Rejections are common in academia, so the lack of success is not surprising. During peer review the ...
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What are the consequences of rejecting a Marie curie doctoral position, after accepting it?

I have recently been selected for a Marie curie doctoral position and have to inform the selection committee about my decision within a week. I don’t want to let go of this opportunity, but I also ...
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Why sometimes a paper containing old references is considered not ready for publication and sometimes not?

I was wondering if there are research papers that have references that are old (i.e., ten or more years old) and reviewers of those papers have recommended acceptance, but when you want to publish a ...
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How often are articles rejected after bona fide/non-accidental acceptance?

I recently submitted my first paper to a journal. It was recommended for minor revisions and ultimately accepted after they were done, but about a week after the acceptance, I received a new email ...
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Discard a constantly rejected manuscript or go for a lower-tier journal? [duplicate]

Imagine you have a certain manuscript which you submitted multiple times over a period of a few years. The manuscript covers a niche topic and is not of interest to a more general audience. The ...
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Does an offer for tutorials amount to rejection from a summer program?

I recently received the results of the selection process of an application for summer courses and jobs (in the context of courses for undergraduates, mathematics and the United States). On the part of ...
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Paper rejected because 'it did not fit the scope of the journal"

So, I recently finished my first ever paper and submitted it to a journal. A few days later, I got a response from the Editor saying that my manuscript had been rejected because it did not fit the ...
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Paper resubmission to Special Issues of a journal

I had a submission recently to a special issue of a journal. It was rejected. I noted that there exists another special issue in the same journal and my paper is also within the scope of that. Is it ...
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PhD rejections from schools of similar tier and telling potential advisor about it

I am an international applicant and I applied to several schools in the US as well as the UK (and one in the EU) for PhD in this cycle. I got accepted with funding from one of my top preferences in ...
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Attaching previous reviews - avoiding pitfalls of desk rejection? [duplicate]

I just got rejected during a review process in a prestigeous journal. The paper has received a lot of valid criticism, which (to my best current knowledge) could be incorporated in its further ...
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Do desk rejects happen after one and half months?

I submitted a paper to a math journal and after one and half months (the status showed "under review") it was rejected without any report. Does this mean it was a desk rejection?
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Submitting a rejected journal article to an expert for suggestions

I recently had a paper rejected from two mathematics journals. From the first one it was rejected at the editorial level for being out of scope. Since there was no review we sent the paper as it is to ...
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Rebuttal sent but no response from journal

I submitted a paper to a journal where four reviewing cycles were done by two reviewers. One of the two reviewers had no comments and accepted the paper as is, while the other reviewer had comments at ...
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Upon resubmission, can I oppose some previous reviewers if I stronly disagree with their comments?

I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal. I was given a major revision after a two-month review period. The comments from the two reviewers are positive and constructive. It took me a month to ...
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If I reject a postdoc job offer, should I tell them where I will finally go for postdoc?

If I reject a postdoc offer, should I inform the PI where I declined the offer about the institution and PI I will eventually work with? Academia is a very small world, and there's a good chance we ...
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Transcript in bad print

I am going to apply for MS programs in The US and the transcripts I received for my bachelors from my former university are just xerox of my original marksheet with verification stamp and sign of ...
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desk reject without reason - email to ask?

I recently had a paper desk-rejected (i.e., by the editor without review). I was disappointed sure, but more annoyed because no reason was given at all (verbatim email with redactions): I am sorry to ...
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How to proceed after paper submission on Number Theory rejected by arXiv? [duplicate]

This is the first time I am writing here and I hope not to be very repetitive with regards to similar topics already covered, so I will try to be as much specific as I can. Before all, I am an ...
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What to do with a mathematical article rejected from a journal because the anonymous referee found a simpler proof?

Some time ago, me together with a coauthor submitted a mathematical article to a journal. It was rejected because the anonymous referee found a simpler proof of our main result. He wrote his simpler ...
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Should I inform the Editor that I won't resubmit after a "Reject and Resubmit" verdict?

My paper has been rejected (with a "Reject and Resubmit" status), and the Editor has recommended resubmitting it with the revision contents that incorporate the reviewer's feedback. I am ...
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A reviewer rejected my paper stating that in my work a significant amount of text was from other publications. Am I allowed to argue back?

I received a rejection of my paper. It was a simple case report of 750 words of a very rare disease. After almost two months of no-answer, I wrote a polite mail to the editorial board asking how much ...
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Rejecting a Paper from a Prestigious Lab as a Reviewer

I am now serving as a reviewer at a computer science conference. I could identify that one of the papers I am reviewing comes from a prestigious lab based on The type of research problem the paper is ...
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Does a paper submitted to a conference have to be identical to the paper that was uploaded to a pre-print repository like ArXiv or TechRxiv?

Background: I came up with a new idea in the field of Computational Intelligence, and wrote a paper which I uploaded on TechRxiv. When submitting it to a conference, I realized that the title was too ...
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Rejected from grad schools what now? [duplicate]

I just graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics and I want to pursue mathematical logic. After being rejected from all the programs I applied to, I am left with wondering how to move forwards. My ...
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Should I go for a post-doc after a PhD from an unknown university and several rejections?

I got my PhD in computer science (in the field of AI with a focus on GNNs) in 2021 from the university of my Iranian home town, which is good, but not widely known. Afterwards, I worked for six months ...
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Withdrawing from a previously accepted offer of admission due to lack of funding

This autumn, I applied for an MPhil at Cambridge as an international student. Here are some key points: Only 10% of MPhil students in my area of study get full scholarships. I stated very clearly ...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

The Setup I hold a prepared and written manuscript (10 500 words of text) focused on argumenting about specific problem in my field of study. This paper has been rejected few times from the most ...
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Rejection of a paper under review for 5 months but without an explanatory referee's report

I made a submission to a math journal. I was tracking my paper: its status was "under review" for more than 5 months. It was rejected without any report from reviewers and I just received a ...
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Submit a paper even if you know it will be rejected

Your student is writing a paper and you think it will be rejected with a probability of 99%. Your student would like to submit it anyway. Would you submit it? Why? More specifically: Is it ok to ...
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Series of simultaneous rejections, how to advise younger fellows

I myself work as a clinician-scientist. I work in a small group and oversee several students. The current situation involves one of them who is a PhD-candidate. She is bright, fast and hard-working. ...
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How should I interpret a desk rejection whose reason seems paradoxical in view of the journal's publication history?

I am trying to be a researcher in a field of economics but with emphasis on philosophy. The field of philosophical (argumentative) economics is, in my opinion, not in the limelight these days; however,...
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Having a paper in which the research question is not clear

As a young researcher in economics, I have already published 3 papers in decent journals. Is it sometimes normal to write a paper in which the research question is not clear at all, the motivation is ...
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Would most prestigious journal editors reject one-author papers written by newbies?

I have heard over and over again that most journal editors have a negative attitude against papers with one author when the author is a less-experienced non-academic (let's say a Master's graduate), ...
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Deciphering editorial rejection characterising my paper "not easy to access due to style"

I am trying to find some insight into editorial rejection due to "not easy to access due to style." I understand that it probably basically means that the paper was hard to read, or the ...
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Unreasonable reviewer request (grant re-submission strategy)

For a grant proposal for my home country's key funding agency (e.g., NIH equivalent), I received a rejection. Unfortunately, the review panel picked up predominantly the comments of one of the three ...
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Article Screening Without Formal Refereeing [duplicate]

I lately received an email from the editor-in-chief of a journal to which I submitted a paper draft last week, informing me that my submission has been rejected. What surprised me is not the rejection,...
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Is it fair to desk-reject a manuscript because it breaks relativity?

Every so often a journal I edit receives papers with some kind of claim that, if true, would break mainstream physics. For example, a paper could claim that waves in dark matter can travel at v ~ 1014 ...
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Desk reject after "awaiting reviewer selections" status

I recently submitted a paper to a (not very selective) journal (Sage publications). After a week of submission, the status changed to "awaiting reviewer selections". I took this to mean that ...
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The editor mixed up the reviews and rejected my paper based on the reviews of a different paper! Now they're denying everything. How to proceed?

I have heard lots of stories about rejection based on unfair reviews, etc. But this is a new one for me, and I wanted to seek the Academia SE's advice... We recently submitted a paper (let's call it A)...
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What is the meaning of “we can't offer to further consider this paper in its current shape”?

Recently one of my paper was rejected after review. The editor didn’t mention about the option of resubmission, just said: It is challenging for us to envision a straightforward revision process to ...
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Does this manuscript status change mean it is a desk rejection?

I submitted my manuscript 2 weeks ago to a Wiley journal that uses ScholarOne to manage submissions. It went from Submission received to Selecting/assigning Reviewers, then to Evaluating ...
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How should I deal with rejection from a place that, arguably, exploited me? [closed]

Long story short, in September 2021, I was hired as an associate lecturer at a British university. I was headhunted for the position. Since I was about to finish my PhD and I needed some experience, I ...
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Is it normal that an editor keep the paper for more than six months without sending the paper out for full refereeing

I submitted a paper to a journal X of maths which is one of the best journals in a field Y. After more than six months I sent the handling editor a polite reminder email, in which I requested to ...
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Preprint got published on Authorea without sending it to review (desk rejection). Is this how it is supposed to happen?

I just submitted a manuscript to a journal that uses the ScholarOne Submission system. There was the option to agree that the manuscript will be published as a preprint on Authorea. It says: New! ...
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How to decline a postdoc offer after accepting it? [duplicate]

I accepted a postdoctoral offer a few months before but couldn't join immediately as the visa was delayed by 4 months (now the visa interview date is very close). I informed them that I'll join once ...
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Special Issue abstract acceptance

A prestigous journal was calling abstracts for a special issue. I was informed by the guest editor that my abstract was accepted with final paper due dates. I completed my submission and have been ...
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Rejected by Editor-in-Chief based on 'incorrect grammar' 18 months after submission. Who to contact?

A colleague of mine working outside of Europe has encountered an absolute bizarre and, IMO, utterly unacceptable situation for the first time in their decades-long career as a chemical engineering ...
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Is it normal to reject a paper due to a large amount of ambiguity and lexical errors instead of recommending a major revision?

I'm writing a report regarding a paper in mathematics, which I have spent three months reviewing. During this period, I have tried to understand the ideas presented by the authors, but in vain. The ...
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Meaning of rejection feedback from the Annals of Mathematics

I have sent my paper to the Annals of Mathematics. They emailed me: The expert consulted has determined that the paper is not suitable for the Annals. The nature of the reporting was such that there ...
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Resubmitting a Manuscript to the Same Journal after Being Plainly Rejected

I am a Ph.D. student in the field of social science --sports marketing and public relations. Lately, I have submitted a manuscript to a reputable journal X in my field, my choice was hinged on two ...
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