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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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 (...
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Rejected article submitted to other journal?

Once an article submitted for publication is rejected can I send it to another journal? If so, what are good criteria and tips for doing that?
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Is it normal to reject a paper based on the review of a single referee?

I just received the answer for my first submitted paper. It was rejected but they annexed the answer of just one referee. Is it normal to reject a paper based on the review of a single referee? Can I ...
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My conference paper got rejected. Will it be bad for my PhD performance?

I'm a PhD student. A paper for a conference got rejected. I haven't met my professor yet to discuss about it. But is it bad for my PhD performance? I mean, probably the professor will not trust my ...
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Does a low acceptance rate imply quality?

I am presenting a paper in a conference with a 20% acceptance rate. However the conference is just 3 years old and does not figure in the tiered rating system for conferences in my field Computer ...
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Paper rejection [duplicate]

Recently, one of my papers was rejected from a prestigious journal published by a well known publishing house. I received two reports. Both of them made the same MISTAKE by claiming that I assumed a ...
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Editor rejected for small reasons

The reviewers comments are so simple that I can correct them and send them immediately. But the editor says cannot accept the manuscript. Is there any chance that if we justify the comments, there can ...
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PhD application denial - Is it usual to ask reasons/recommendations?

I got a denial to a PhD application I sent. The mail basically stated that they had picked another candidate and wished me luck. I am doing my master in a German university and I applied to another ...
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To resubmit a rejected paper or to choose another journal? How to decide?

Last week I received the decision on my paper which I had submitted to a high rank physics journal. Their response was: These comments suggest that the present version of the manuscript is not ...
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Should an arXiv paper indicate the conference it was rejected from?

We have had a couple of papers rejected from conferences quite a while ago, and we now would like to post them in arXiv. We are considering indicating on the paper which conference it was rejected ...
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Does any publication venue make rejected papers available for download?

Is there any publication venue that makes rejected papers available for download? I am most interested in the field of computer science, and English-speaking venues.
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Journal rejects my conference-to-journal extension, saying it's copied from previous publication. What should I do?

My understanding of short conference papers being extended to journals was that I should have at least 30% fresh results and content (read that in answers to this question here). I had a short 4-page ...
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Accepted into university for MS in CS but rejected by professor for research

I got accepted into a top 10 school for CS (Computer Science) but I was rejected by a professor with whom I wanted to work with. No feedback after resume submission, just "I found another student." If ...
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What to do in the summer if math REUs reject me? Should I still apply to grad school?

This past fall/winter I applied to 16 of the pure math summer REU programs listed by the AMS here, and haven't been accepted by any so far. Five have rejected me, and the fact that none of the other ...
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Is “I don't have enough funding” the most popular phrase used as hint for rejection

From communicating with fellow peers, it seems that whenever a professor rejects a student for graduate entrance, he or she will say something along the line of "sorry there isn't enough funding" or "...
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Rejecting a PhD offer after having accepted it. Advice?

I have accepted a PhD offer from a very good university to do a project very close to my interests. I have told the project supervisor I accept it. In the meanwhile I have managed to secure a PhD ...
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How to deal with graduate school rejection and overall academic failure?

There has been a lot of buzz about how difficult it is to achieve tenure, however, even getting into graduate school seems harder every day. My case (and the case of a lot of people too): I graduated ...
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Are you permitted to forward the reviews from a rejected manuscript when submitting to a new journal?

Suppose I have a paper rejected from a top tier journal. The anonymous reviews highlight a number of strengths of my paper, but ultimately judge that the paper does not merit publication in that lofty ...
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Should I contact the EIC for additional information regarding his decision on my paper?

I just received the feedback from the Editor-In-Chief that my paper has been rejected for publication in this high-ranking journal. There are several concerns raised by one of the reviewers. ...
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Research on career path after tenure denial?

I am looking for a study on the career path of professors after they are denied tenure. Specifically, what percentage of these get a tenured or tenure-track position at another institution? get a ...
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Associate editor's dilemma with inconsistent first/second round review

Say I work as an AE for an international journal. I managed to find only two reviewers for a manuscript submitted to the journal lately. Personally, I don't find enough contribution of the manuscript, ...
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Asking the Editor-in-Chief about the reason of the review delay [duplicate]

I have submitted a manuscript to one of the top-tier journal of my field at six month ago. The recent status of the paper is "under review" which status is there for last four months. My question is:...
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Is it a good idea to mention previous rejection and subsequent improvement in motivation letter?

I am applying to a Master's degree in Finland. Last year I applied to the same programme and unfortunately I was not accepted. While I am writing my motivation letter I wonder if it would be a good ...
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Can a paper be rejected because another paper (by someone else) based on its arXiv preprint extends the result?

Suppose that I put a paper to Arxiv and submit to a journal at the same time. Someone extends my result and clearly cites my paper. This is totally fine. They submit it to a journal. For whatever ...
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If a PhD position I applied for and didn't hear back from is removed and relisted, does this mean I was rejected?

I just wanted to know your opinion about an issue. I have contacted the supervisor of a research project for doctoral student position and I was encouraged to apply. By the way my experience really ...
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Would successive rejections of different papers by the same journal lower the probability of acceptance of the next submission to the same journal?

I have tried to submit some of my papers on unrelated topics to a journal and gotten rejected, either desk rejection or rejection after peer review, by the journal. Recently I worked out a new paper ...
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Editor rejected my paper stating that reviewers had refused to review it long after submission; How can I understand what is wrong with my paper?

I am having very frustrated at the turn of events and review process. I had sent a paper to an International Journal. The paper was based on my work and well received by PhD committee of my Institute....
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What options do rejected applicants have if mistakenly told they were admitted to a program?

I was reading up the Reddit page here, which described a case of admissions error, in which: The person obtained an acceptance for a PhD program in writing. The person personally called the ...
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Studies over how noisy is it to accept/reject submissions

This year, the NIPS 2014 conference did an interesting experiment: conference chairs duplicated 10% of the submissions (170 papers) and sent them to two different groups of reviewers. The result: 25.9%...
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How to prevent desk rejection when trying to publish papers which are counter to the prevailing view (but still legitimate)?

I wonder if there exists, at least in plans, a centralized system that examines editors' decisions in journals, a kind of "appellate court" in peer-review publishing. Recently I have been trying to ...
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Editor said I may apply reviewer's suggestions and resubmit “if I wish”, what are the consequences if I don't?

Few months back I communicated a paper. I got the reviewer's report in a positive direction. But he asked us to add some results if we wish and in the end he wrote: "I leave it to the decision of the ...
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Why do editors sometimes accept a paper even if a reviewer recommends rejection?

For the last many days, I have a question in mind related with the editorial decision of accepting or rejecting the manuscript after peer-review: Few days back I got a review report from a very ...
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Journal does not tell me why they rejected my paper, even on request

I submitted my paper to one of Springer’s journals seven months ago. One month ago I received a letter from the editor-in-chief: Following a review of the manuscript by the editorial board, we ...
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Is there research on the extent to which complexity of the proposed method(s) impacts the acceptance rate?

I heard this speaker at IJCAI complained that his paper got rejected because the methods he used were too simple despite the results being highly competitive (twice the state of the art, at least ...
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What percentage of papers submitted to a conference or journal have been previously rejected in the same or another venue?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of papers submitted to a conference or journal have been previously rejected in the same or another venue? I am mostly interested in ...
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Financial aid sources for dependent, disabled student?

I am disabled and have to live with my family. I don't want to go into detail about my condition.My experience in the public education system here was less than happy, including being used as a pawn ...
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Should you respond to a call-for-papers rejection email?

This question is related but I don't think it is a duplicate. I recently sent the abstract of my first paper to a call-for-papers for a conference. I received an email thanking me for the submission ...
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Can a rejection be appealed after reviewer says comments were addressed, but paper is not original enough for the journal?

I received a rejection letter from an Editor after I revised and resubmitted my paper by addressing all comments from two reviewers. The first reviewer has no feedback meaning that he accepted all ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...