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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Can I understand the rejection reason of an article by reading the reviewers' comments?

My paper is rejected with this comment from editor: Unfortunately, the reviewers generally agree this paper should not be considered for publish in.... My question is do all the reviewers reject ...
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Can frequent messages to an editor about the status of a paper under review be a cause for rejection?

I have submitted a paper on mathematics to a journal and it was there for more than one year. I asked the editor many times about the reason of the review delay. At the end the paper was rejected with ...
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Is mentioning submission rejections in SOP wise?

I kind of want to mention in my SOP that I have been through rejections many times so as to hint the reader that I have a more mature mentality to persevere when I am a professional researcher. But, a ...
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How to respond after co-authors revise rejected paper without informing first author?

As we all know, it is common to re-work a rejected paper to improve the shortfalls of the paper. Suppose one is first author on a paper, and it is rejected. Following this, the other co-authors make ...
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How should one interpret a rejection on the grounds that a paper “has no added value to the existing state of the art”?

I've got a rejection for my paper that was submitted to a high impact journal; after waiting 6 weeks instead of 4 normally it was rejected with only one referee comment 4 lines: This study seems to ...
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Should I contact an editor at the journal that rejected my paper, to ask for feedback?

Recently I got a rejection of my paper from a reputed journal. There were two reviewers who reviewed my paper.However reviewer1 accepted it while reviewer 2 rejected with some suggestions that can be ...
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Awesome papers that were initially rejected? [duplicate]

Recently I heard from a senior student that the celebrated adaBoost paper was originally rejected by a conference. Are there any other instances of seminal papers (in any field) which initially ...
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CS paper rejected for lack of technical contribution; what does this mean, and how can I fix it?

I recently got two papers rejected with the reviewers asserting a lack of technical contribution. They contained good ideas, at least in my eyes, and used common methodologies in the experimentation. ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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Paper rejection due to being “correspondence”: what does it mean?

My paper was rejected a few hours after submission with the following explanation: "Regretfully, your manuscript is being Immediate Rejected without review since it is a short correspondence item ...
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Is there any requirement to cite recent literature in publications?

Recently I submitted my first paper to a philosophy journal and got a rejection. This is of course nothing unusual, but as someone with a STEM background, I was surprised by the reason for the ...
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Do journals hold rejections against authors?

I am BSc student. When I was in the fourth semester (end of the second year), I did my course project and submitted it to my professor. His efforts in order to publish it really shocked me. It was ...
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Paper rejection based on unfair review

I have seen couple of questions related to rejection of submissions to conferences (CS). Coming to my case, this is my third rejection, I agree that first two were fair decisions as the paper was not ...
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How often are poster presentations rejected from conferences?

I've never given any sort of presentation at a conference before, but I was under the impression that poster presentations are less prestigious and also much easier to get accepted. I submitted a ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to academia,...
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Sending manuscript to a journal that rejected an earlier paper

As a beginner researcher, several years ago, I sent some (2-3) papers to a quality journal (with ISI IF). The papers were rejected. Now I am preparing a manuscript, which is in my opinion much more ...
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Is there anything I can do if a professor agreed to supervise me but I was rejected by the admission committee?

Some time ago I contacted a professor at another university and, after some discussions, he agreed to supervise me and told me to make a formal application to the department. Unfortunately, the ...
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Lodging an objection to a decision to reject my Master application

I'm currently writing an objection to a decision to reject my Master application. The decision is made by Admission office, not by Admission Board or Committee. All members of the Admission office ...
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Paper rejected. Should I appeal against biased reviews?

I received a rejection letter from a relatively high-impact journal based on the feedback from three reviewers. After I reviewed their comments, I feared that their comments were biased and am not ...
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Abandoning vs. further pursuing a rejected paper?

My situation is as follows: I spent my undergraduate time at one university and recently entered grad school at another university (both of them in Germany, my field is theoretical computer science). ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to mistakenly reject a quality paper?

If I am not wrong, turbo codes was submitted to the ICC conference and rejected but accepted later on. I want to know if there are other similar works (strong works) that were rejected at first but ...
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Why would a journal accept my previous paper for publication, but reject latest manuscript due to being “outside of the journal's scope?”

I submitted a manuscript last year to an IEEE journal, and the paper was accepted for publication. I recently submitted a new manuscript to the same journal, but, this time, the paper was rejected, ...
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Article that shows the complete publication history of acceptances and rejections of a successful academic

I remember reading a journal article where a researcher in psychology analysed their entire manuscript submission and publication history. The way I remember it, the researcher had around 40 ...
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Is it possible to obtain feedback from a declined NSF postdoctoral fellowship?

I applied for a NSF post doctoral fellowship in mathematics last fall...and I got rejected. Is it possible to obtain any feedback from NSF or from the reviewers?
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What to write in appeal for a rejected PhD application?

I have applied for PhD scholarship in Computer science at a European university. My master is from Malaysia. Unfortunately, my application has not been selected (only 9 has been chosen among 116 ...
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How do I deal with graduate school rejection from an university that I considered easy to get into?

Things you should know: It was not a dream school. It was considered "safe/moderate" i.e. the kind of students who get in have more or less similar profiles like mine. From graduate school student ...
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Is it a good idea that a reviewer recommend a paper to be submitted to another journal after it is rejected?

I am currently reviewing a paper, which is definitely not suitable for the journal where it was submitted (high impact, topics should be interesting for a broad audience). The content is not new and ...
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Should I resubmit a rejected paper to the same journal?

Suppose you submit a paper and it is rejected with no suggestion of resubmission, but there is substantial feedback. Do you fix up the paper, based on the feedback and resubmit? Or fix it up and ...
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Is it advisable to mention rejected publications in resume?

I have two publications submitted but rejected in top conferences. Is it advisable to mention and list them in my CV/resume to show that the work was submitted for publication?
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What should I do now when this conference first sends me an “accept”, then a “reject”?

A little while back I had sent one of my works to an ACM conference -just a National level conference. I knew my work was not one of the best they were going to receive, but given the quality of the ...
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Why does editor reject when reviewers recommend acceptance?

I have recently received a response for a paper submission. The paper expanded on a conference presentation, and it was submitted to the journal special issue related to that conference. All three ...
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Will getting rejected from a graduate school affect my relationships with the faculty members at that school?

I recently got rejected from quite a few grad schools. Will this make it harder for the faculty at these schools to take me seriously if I interact with them? In particular, I'm interested in having ...
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Will rejecting more papers than I accept reflect negatively on me as a reviewer?

I made a little statistics about my review decisions. I found out that I reject way more papers than I accept. I honestly try to accept the reviewed papers, I read them carefully and my review are ...
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How long and detailed should be the rejection comment when reviewing and rejecting a paper?

If someone is a reviewer and recommends major revisions to a medical journal paper, the review can be quite lengthy. (e.g., list of 10-15 points to work on) On the other hand, how detailed should be ...
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I was rejected from my dream graduate school…what should I do?

I applied to a prestigious university in the States for my PhD but was unfortunately rejected. I had a great undergraduate track record... but still didn't quite make it. The faculty I really, really ...
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What should someone who has been rejected from all PhD programs do to improve their application for later admissions cycles?

I tried asking this question in cstheory.stackexchange.com but it was closed and it seems like this question is more appropriate here. I am an undergraduate and an American citizen who recently ...
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What to do if reviewers reject a paper without understanding the content?

One of my friends submitted a paper to a reputable communications journal and received some reviews a week back. The paper was rejected, but the review comments were abysmal: The language was so bad ...
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Arxiv rejection of preprints

Following ArXiv rules I contacted with an well-known expert in thermodynamics (he is author of a known monograph) we discussed my work during several days and finally he endorsed me. When my work was ...
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How do I overcome fear of rejection when writing academic papers?

I don't know how to put it. I have never published before. Previously my one paper was rejected, that was because the experiments were not ready and my advisor asked me to still submit it just to have ...
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How should I interpret a journal rejection of “not of sufficient interest” or “does not meet journal standards” without mention of any errors?

How should I interpret a journal rejection of "not of sufficient interest" or "does not meet journal standards"? This is what happened to me particularly. Papers were rejected for those reasons and ...
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How should one turn down academic job applicants?

What's a tactful, respectful way to notify job applicants that you won't be hiring them? I see a lot of angry online discussion of this issue. Nobody seems to like the common "if you don't hear back,...
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Should I be truthful about graduate school rejections?

Suppose a student applies to a few good graduate programmes, but for some reasons, gains an admit in one great school and rejects in a couple of equally good ones. How necessary is it for the student ...
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Will PhD rejection return to haunt later?

Suppose a student applies for PhD at a university and his application is replete with problems: average academic record, poor SOP, so-so recommendations, etc and he is rejected outright. He gets an ...