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Questions tagged [rejection]

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

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Citing a rejected paper in related work

A paper was uploaded to Arxiv that is very similar to my research. I cited it in the related work section of the paper I am currently working on. I was planning on noting the shortcomings of this ...
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How to interpret this rejection email from Journal of American Math Society? Anything to read between the lines?

I had submitted a paper manuscript to JAMS (J. of Amer. Math Soc) and recieved the following email 2 months after the submission. Can you help me interpret this email, as to what the situation is and ...
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How to force a journal to address an associate editor's scientific misconduct?

My manuscript, submitted to a high-rank and very respectable journal, has been rejected by a referee. From the referee's report one could make a conjecture that the referee is one of my competitors, ...
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Is this rejection rude? Should I apply to another position in the same University?

I applied for an adjunct position and never heard back from the school. I emailed them to learn about the status of my application and this is the response I received: Your resume is competitive but ...
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Is it OK to submit the same post-doctoral fellowship application two years in a row?

Last year, I submitted a post-doctoral fellowship application but didn't get it. This year, I thought about submitting basically the same research statement; slightly updated and refined, but having ...
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If a paper gets rejected two times (in two different journals) is that a bad impression if I try to submit in a different journal?

If a paper gets rejected two times (in two different journals) is that a bad impression if I try to submit in a different journal (different from the earlier two)?
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Etiquette on giving negative feedback on a top mathematician's work [closed]

I want to ask a more general question that relates to a renowned mathematician’s recent proposed proof of a famous hypothesis, which seems to be widely considered not even close to being correct – ...
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Offering of a grad class rescinded for incomprehensible reason

A course came up that I was interested in (C*algebras). It's a grad class but was offered to a select group of undergrads including myself. I accepted the offer but then once the class started I ...
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What does it mean when a paper gets rejected stating “poor typesetting” as one of the reasons?

What does it mean when a paper gets rejected stating "poor typesetting" as one of the reasons? I downloaded a latex template of a journal and used it to write the paper. When I submitted the paper to ...
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How do I handle plagiarism professionally and emotionally?

So I have been trying to get an article accepted since 2016. It is an article dedicated to a machine learning based prediction of a biological dataset. It was rejected 4 times. Today, on searching, I ...
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Why are “discretionary” desk rejections generally implemented when they are an obvious bias loophole? [closed]

To be clear I am not referring to out of scope, incorrect formatting or language quality rejections which are mostly detected by junior editing staff and a reasonable explanation is usually supplied ...
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Copyright and Plagairism Policy for Reviewers of a Rejected Paper

I've read today a paper about my research field that seems similar to my submission (rejected) to a conference. It includes ideas, some scientific elements, and concepts but is not exactly a word-to-...
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How common is it for journal to reject a solicited paper?

A guest editor at a peer-reviewed academic journal solicited me to write a paper. I initially hesitated for lack of time. But the editor's invitation was courteous. So I sent an abstract, which was ...
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What should I do if the admission committee has missed something in my application and rejected me?

I applied for a graduate program and I was rejected, but there is evidence suggesting that there was a mistake in reviewing my application. Now the school seems reluctant to reconsider the application....
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Shall I apply again after all my PhD applications are rejected?

I am 29. I've had informative, goal-driven, well written SOP, I'm guessing good recommendations. I have a masters in the related field (Computer Vision) with tier 2 publications. I'm in a research ...
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Advisor threatens to discontinue fellowship. What should I do?

This July I will be in the fifth year of my PhD. I am doing my PhD from India in bioinformatics. Within my four years, one year was for coursework, so that I did not get to delve deep into research in ...
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Dividing paper after Reject & Resubmit decision

In a recent manuscript, we used a first principles calculation A and used it to explain experimental results B. A and B are based on existing methods, the novelty primarily lies in combining them and ...
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Work permit issues for a PhD when switching from one swiss university to another

Recently I was offered a PhD position at University X in Switzerland and I accepted it. I had been giving several interviews at several universities and this was the only decent offer I had in months, ...
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What to do on a desk reject of a revised paper?

Since this is a longer story, let me first give some background: We submitted a publication to a journal in the field of engineering. The article remained on the status “with editor” for more than ...
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Editorial rejection: should I write back?

I recently submitted a paper to one of the Physical Review Journals (not Letters). I think that the result is both novel and important. After I uploaded the preprint to ArXiv, I received several ...
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How to handle a possibly biased editor?

Suppose a journal editor rejects a manuscript with only one reviewer’s feedback, but the few comments the reviewer and editor made were almost entirely minor comments (e.g. “use these units for this ...
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What should I do when my accepted paper is subsequently rejected?

My paper was accepted for publication in a journal. I have also received an acceptance letter and even I have filled out the copyright form. The corresponding editor first told me "Your paper is ...
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Unethical procedure in methods

I am currently reviewing a paper for a journal and there's a section in the 'Methods' that may raise a questionable ethical concern on animal handling. The paper has a potential contribution to the ...
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Any good way to tell a faculty candidate “We don't want you”?

I serve on a faculty search committee at a large university here in the US. The part of the job none of us enjoys is informing a candidate who's visited and given a teaching demonstration that we've ...
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What does it meant “ assignment of paper with decision in prosess ” in the same time? [duplicate]

I have submitted the paper to JFA journal after the stage "submitted to the journal" (14 days ) ,I have received the message that paper is assigned with current stage " Decision in process " in the ...
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Resubmission of arxiv paper after rejection

I submitted my first paper to a peer-reviewed journal a few months ago. New as I am to the publishing scene, I submitted the paper to the arxiv preprint server before it was accepted. The paper ended ...
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Why are my submissions not accepted by top conferences, while similar papers from others are accepted?

I'm doing my PhD in computer science. I had a few tries for top rank conferences like IJCAI, CVPR and ICML but my paper was rejected from them and consequently I sent the papers to second tier ...
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What to do when you found something new, but don’t have motive/application to justify it?

Last year one of my TAs (a Ph.D. scholar) gave a problem to my undergraduate class, I found the problem very interesting and devoted a lot of time to it. Eventually, I developed a model with my TA ...
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Can I give up my degree? [closed]

I did a college degree in computer science abroad in England. I only chose this subject because my father did not want to pay for me studying sports. I did not like nor was I good at it. I only passed ...
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If a paper is rejected by many journals before finally being published, will that cause conflict with the reviewers who rejected the manuscript?

I had a manuscript written 3 years before. The results of the manuscript was obtained accidentally while doing some easy trial methods. Although the results were very interesting, but the method was ...
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Conditional acceptance then rejection – worthy of appeal?

We submited a manuscript to an Elsevier journal eight months ago – we basically got a clear straight-forward rejection: Although the reviewers commented favourably on your manuscript, there were ...
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How to reject a PhD Scholarship offer after accepting it? [duplicate]

I have accepted a scholarship at a certain university, after exchanging many emails with the supervisor. I was interviewed by him and he personally took trouble to secure funding for me. And he also ...
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How to decline a potential PhD supervisor?

I have seen something similar has been asked but I seriously don't know what to do. I applied to 3 PhD programs all from quite good Universities. For all of them I contacted a potential supervisor, ...
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How do they add you to their blacklist?

I have heard if you send papers to a journal/conferences there are some conditions that might be dangerous for you academic progress! I researched about it but I wasn't able to find a good definition ...
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Express interest to join mentor's group with whom a fellowship application got rejected

I applied for a prestigious US national laboratory post-doctoral fellowship with a potential mentor. Unfortunately, I got rejected. However, I am very much interested in working in this mentor's group....
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Publishing rejected papers

I was reading a blog post, How to reject a rejection, by biologist Claus Wilke where he explains that it is common to resubmit a rejected paper to the same journal after a revision or appeal a ...
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Declining a PhD offer after accepting? [duplicate]

I'm having a bit of a dilemma currently. Basically I applied (with my own research proposal) to three universities for a PhD. Whilst I was accepted at all three, I got no offer for funding from one, ...
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Answer on really valuable review after rejection and invite reviewer into co-authorhship? [duplicate]

Let us suppose that we have received a rejection of our paper form a journal, but this rejection contains a really very valuable and detailed review, so some ideas of this review after some ...
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How to prepare poster paper for conference that rejected full paper

I received a paper reject for a full paper (10 pages) submission in one of the top conferences in CS (distributed systems). I agree with some of the critical remarks, but we felt they should be ...
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How many rejected papers does it take to get an accepted paper?

Today I received my first rejected paper. The committee of 2 people left some good points but at the end they didn't get the point of my theme. It took me 3 months to write this paper for the ...
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Re-reviewing a previously rejected article but some authors have changed from the previous submission. Should I mention that to the editor?

I recently accepted to review an article for a journal. I actually reviewed the very same article for another journal from where the submission was rejected. This is a rather common occurrence however,...
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Submitting a previously rejected paper to a different journal

I have submitted a mathematical paper for publication several months ago. A couple months after submission, I noticed some mistakes and things that can be improved, but while I sent the unsolicited ...
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What gets a paper rejected after conditional acceptance?

In computer science conferences, the following publication timeline is somewhat common for conferences: For those who have been involved in program committees, what gets a paper rejected after ...
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I was rejected twice from two MSc programs, should I quit trying?

I received my rejection letter today and I was devastated. I was shocked because I have finally found a supervisor who saw my passion in the field and didn't care about my low GPA and lab members who ...
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Conference issue >> Rejected paper is still in the database/submitted [closed]

Last year I submitted a paper in a local IEEE conference. The paper was rejected. This year I have a plan to submit the modified version of the paper in another conference. When I checked the file in ...
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How to respond positively to a scientist's rejection e-mail (PhD program)?

I am a Molecular biology post graduate from India. I enquire about PhD vacancy to various potential principal investigators (PhD supervisors) by sending my CV and cover letter. When I receive a ...
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Publication- rejection with advising to resubmit

I have received a decision letter from a Q1 journal with following remarks: Reviewers' comments on your work have now been received. You will see that they are advising against publication of ...
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Submitting parts of my thesis to a journal, overlapping text fragments: self-plagiarism?

I am currently working on my thesis and I am submitting a part of my thesis as a paper to a journal (same text no rephrasing in some parts). I believe the journal review takes about four to six months ...
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Is it possible for a PhD applicant to be rejected against the potential supervisor's will?

I have been in contact with a potential supervisor in one of tier two US universities before applying and all the way to receiving my rejection letter a few days ago. The individual department I ...
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Reapplying to a previously accepted Ph.D. program, will this be considered rude?

I looked online and saw one question that was similar, but it seemed like this question was for undergraduate admissions. Another similar question here on academia.stackexchange addressed differing ...