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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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Which kind of article could be “more suitable for a journal than for a conference”?

Which kind of article could be "more suitable for a journal than for a conference"? I just received a very curious rejection from a conference in Computer Science, where the second referee argues ...
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Paper getting rejected from many journals after no proper review - What could be the problem?

It has been approximately 2 years that we are trying to a push a paper(CS) to get it published. We think, the work is/was a novel that focused on the development of a new dynamic system that works ...
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What do reviewers mean by “broad readership” when rejecting paper?

Our paper was rejected multiple times; several months later, another group published similar results in Nature. Though some details were different, the main logic and key points of the research were ...
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Why might a journal editor reject a submission, but suggest submission to a sister journal?

We (I with my co-authors) recently had done a high-quality work and submitted to a Journal A (with high impact factor and reputed). A belongs to Wiley Publishers. In its' own site, it displays a set ...
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Is it a good idea to upload rejected papers in arXiv?

I have a few earlier works which have been rejected from conferences and journals in the past (last 6 months). Now, I and my co-authors are not interested in submitting elsewhere and have no idea on ...
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I got a paper to review from a journal that had rejected my earlier works, how to respond?

Recently, I got a paper to review for a journal (Elsevier) which is very reputed. The fact is that this journal had rejected two of my earlier works after keeping it under review for more than a year ...
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What is a proper way to consider the supplementary materials as a reviewer?

I was chosen as a reviewer for a conference in the field of computer science in which the authors can also submit some extra materials like proofs and additional implementations separately (until a ...
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International Math conference rejected paper without any comments!

We had submitted a research paper (graph theory related), which included a set of theorems, lemma, and proofs, to an international Mathematics conference around 2 months back. The decision on our ...
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How to proceed when reviewers reject your manuscript but you believe there is no scientific basis for their objections?

I am doing my PhD on a small field in engineering where even if the review process is double blinded you would know who is going to review your paper. This incident that I am going to mention is very ...
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How to properly reply to regret email for PhD application?

I applied for PhD position and later I received an email telling that: I regret to inform that you have not been selected for this position, how may I send a follow up email, if should I do so?
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What to do on immediate rejection from journal citing “Similarity Score” that is too high, but specific instances are just boilerplate text?

I have received an immediate reject notice from the journal ACM CSUR mentioning that my written survey had 13% similar materials with respect to the online available sources. Passing through the ...
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Should I persist with article that keeps getting rejected?

My paper has been rejected four times in last two years. I have tried two journals. They don't even have good rankings but it was rejected repeatedly. I improved the article by taking reviewers ...
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What to do with rejected papers in case of conflicting reviews everytime?

Recently, I got two times rejection for my paper from two different reputed journals of Mathematics fields. The first time, I received two review reports in which both reviewers gave detailed comments ...
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Can a paper get rejected in the copyediting phase (after peer review acceptance)?

A journal with high impact accepted my paper after peer review. In the copy-editing phase I noticed some errors -- mostly mixed up references. Can the paper now be rejected due to these errors? ...
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Referee says the proof is wrong, but it is not, what to do?

About 3 months ago, my co-author and I submitted a mathematical paper to a journal. Yesterday, we got the editor's response and the paper has been rejected. The reason is that the referee thinks that ...
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Incorrect reasons for rejection, what next?

Recently I received a rejection to my submission of an article to a journal. Despite three positive reviews, an additional reviewer wrote a short response with an example to claim that a proof in my ...
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How to appeal against an unfair decision - conference paper

My papers were rejected from a top conference venue in computer science due to laughably fallacious arguments. The reject decisions were based upon the following comments: The one's complement ...
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Two papers rejected from conference. One of them was judged based on the other

I have recently submitted 2 papers to a top tier IEEE conference; both were rejected. The reviews for paper B included two accepts and one reject. However, some of the comments the reviewer who ...
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Is it normal to feel like I bought my way into graduate school after being rejected and then accepted when I was awarded an external fellowship?

I initially got rejected by the two schools I applied to (horrible pGRE scores, lackluster GRE scores, and only did research at my undergraduate institute), but then I got an NSF fellowship, and was ...
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Resubmitted paper is rejected by editor after two months, what should I do?

About one year ago, I submitted a paper to a top journal in my field. After waiting for 4 months, the manuscript is rejected with one positive, one negative, and a neutral (including many revise ...
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PhD position: got rejected - reapply?

I applied for a PhD position and I was invited to give a talk about my Master thesis, but I didn't get the position, because: Maybe my talk wasn't as good at it could be- I wasn't ready with my ...
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Potential advisor does not seem willing to accept me into group. How do I approach others in the same field?

I have been trying to get into this professor's lab right from the time I joined my PhD program last Fall. We are in EE, and she does very theoretical work which is what I want to do. She told me in ...
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My paper has been rejected again, what should I change? [closed]

I am trying to publish my paper for almost two years, after two major revisions it has been rejected by an editor of an international journal. My field of study is geophysics. They complain about the ...
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Who “owns” a project idea after a grant application is rejected or declined?

This past year I put in an application to a federal agency (US) for a post-doctoral fellowship and collaborated on it with a three profs/research scientists on the proposal. If funded, one of them ...
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Applying to do a PhD after a(n unsuccessful) period of job hopping

Disclaimer: Since this question is explicitly about applying to do a PhD, I figured that the Academia SE was a better fit than Workplace, but do correct me if I'm wrong. How can I explicitly, ...
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What are the rules for applying for the same fellowship (scholarship) after being rejected? [closed]

I have been applying for scholarships and fellowships for a few years, sometimes I have been successful, other times not. Last year I worked a lot to prepare the project and invested all of my time ...
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Are faculty hiring committees overly polite on “denial” answers

I applied to several tenure track positions this season. For some of them, I received an e-mail letting me know that I was no longer considered. That's cool and expected, since most of them were in US/...
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What to do if a colleague is reviewing an unchanged paper that has been rejected before on my recommendation?

Around a year ago, I reviewed a paper for a journal. The originality of the paper was questionable, and content and presentation were severly lacking throughout. Consequently, both another reviewer ...
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Is it common to not send rejection letters?

I have been applying to some summer programs for undergraduates recently and I am seeing that some of them do not send rejection letters or emails, and instead only notify accepted applicants. I was ...
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Is it ethical for a journal editor to use a generic rejection response when desk rejecting a manuscript?

Is it ethical for a journal editor to provide the same response to many authors? Here is an example generic rejection comment made by a journal editor: All manuscripts are initially assessed by ...
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Probability of acceptance when editor requests “major revisions” but one reviewer recommended “full rejection”

I recently received reviews on a paper that I submitted to an Elsevier journal, with 2 reviewers. One had some minor comments and recommended minor revisions, while the second reviewer recommended ...
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Should I submit a paper to a venue that is unlikely to accept it?

Here's the situation I am in: I have written a paper. I need to decide whether to submit it to GREAT [insert conference/journal name here] or to GOOD [ditto]. I would prefer to have a GREAT ...
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How to diagnose problems in a paper rejected in pre-review?

Two weeks after sending my manuscript to a journal, it was rejected in the pre-review stage and hence, there were no comments from reviewers about problems with the paper. Can poor scientific writing ...
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Could I submit a paper that I'm not sure about its proof?

We (including my teacher) designed a new algorithm in computer science and my teacher proved that it is good enough about its time complexity, but I'm not sure about that and worry that the proof be ...
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Professor deletes me from Skype contact list after Skype interview and promise to give offer. Could this be a rejection?

Recently, I had a Skype interview with a professor several weeks ago, and professor also promised me the PhD offer. My GPA is not high enough to meet the requirement of Department, but she said she ...
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What do I do if no one admits me to a PhD position?

I am from a relatively unknown university in an European country. I am one of the best performing students in my department and have won academic prizes and published several papers, which pretty much ...
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My paper was too revolutionary - reviewers at a top journal rejected it “by simply reading the title”. What now? [duplicate]

Some days earlier, in the hour of contemplation, I made an extremely critical and paradigm-shifting breakthrough in my field and then, I started writing on it for a publishing and many times checked ...
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What options do I have when a journal refuses my paper based on 1/3 review by a non-relevant referee?

We submitted a paper to a fairly average journal and received a major revision decision. We made the suggested changes and resubmitted. The revision was reviewed by three referees and two of them ...
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Use of “we have a large backlog” euphemism by journal editors when rejecting articles without sending them out for review

Several times now I've had desk rejections from journals in pure mathematics that are variations on the theme of 'we have a large backlog of very good articles, so unfortunately we won't even be ...
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What is a wise way and the right timing to inform a professor that supported you of your rejection?

Let there be some professor who whole-heartedly supported your application to some position in academia; let the decision be a rejection. Then what is a wise way and the right timing to inform the ...
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Paper get rejected despite positive recommendations from both reviewers

I have submitted a paper to an IEEE conference before this. I received a rejection today despite the fact that, both reviewers recommend to accept my paper. The reason for rejection is not mentioned ...
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What does “reject and resubmit” mean?

I sent a paper to a top tier journal in science a few weeks ago. I received the feedback from the editor saying he declined to publish/ accept my paper at the moment but if I corrected/ responded to ...
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Rejecting a paper after final acceptance notice

I had a paper accepted by an Elsevier journal about two weeks ago. I’ve already gone through the process of submitting the publishing agreement form and manuscript proofs online. Then, a few days ...
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Is it common for a journal to reject a paper after accepting it subject to minor revisions?

Is it common for a journal to reject a paper after previously accepting it? When a paper of mine was first reviewed, one of the reviewers was okay with the paper and the other one requested minor ...
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Do I ask the editor of the rejecting journal where to submit next?

I got a rejection after one review cycle, with a comment that reviewer comments are useful and will help you in submission to another journal. Can I ask the editor's opinion on which journal to target?...
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Editor says “the paper will not be acceptable within a reasonable number of revisions”: is it worth appealing the rejection?

Given the editor's comments reported below, is it worth appealing this rejection or one should submit to another journal? At the rate of improvement that has occurred over the last revision, the ...
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Why would a “poorly written” paper get a reject and resubmit decision rather than major revision?

Recently, I got a reject and resubmit decision from a reputed mathematics journal. I received two referee reports: the first referee suggested improving the presentation, with no recommendation of ...
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What to do about negative teaching evaluations during job interviews?

This past year I taught two undergraduate freshman-level required religion courses (one in the Fall and one in the Spring) and the teaching evaluations from students were rather average-to-poor. These ...
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Can I re-submit a rejected manuscript to same Journal after 2 years

I had submitted a manuscript to a Journal in December 2012, which got rejected in February 2013 with some comments and advising to re-submit as a new manuscript along with reply to the comments. But I ...
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Resubmitting manuscript somewhere else after rejection: Should I change who I list as my preferred reviewers?

Suppose I submitted a manuscript to Journal A which allows me to provide a listing of preferred reviewers. Further, suppose that Journal A rejected my manuscript based on feedback from two reviewers (...