Manuscript Rejection – Part I Journal Considerations and Research Aspects October 2010
<ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Rejecti...
Introduction - I <ul><li>Researcher apprehensions ( publish-or-perish ): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition  with other res...
Introduction - II <ul><li>Some worrying statistics : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It has been estimated that one-third of the a...
<ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of Presentation Aspects </li></...
Journal Considerations - I  <ul><li>The choice of the research journal is especially important </li></ul><ul><li>Understan...
Journal Considerations - II <ul><li>Language skills  are appropriate, as required by the journal </li></ul><ul><li>Excessi...
<ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Research Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><l...
Research Aspects - I <ul><li>The article should not be found to be deficient in one or more of the following: </li></ul><u...
Research Aspects - II <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment/samples  of sufficient  quality  should be used </li...
<ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Research Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><l...
Rejection statistics <ul><li>The reasons for, and rate of  </li></ul><ul><li>rejection of manuscripts are  </li></ul><ul><...
About  Crimson <ul><li>Enago ™  is the leading editing and publication service provider for scientific  </li></ul><ul><li>...
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Rejection of Scientific Papers - Part I

  1. 1. Manuscript Rejection – Part I Journal Considerations and Research Aspects October 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection Statistics </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part I
  3. 3. Introduction - I <ul><li>Researcher apprehensions ( publish-or-perish ): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition with other research groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career advancement (e.g. need to obtain tenure) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensuring continued and additional future funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding paper rejection (focus on fundamentals): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good research practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable and professional presentation of results </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction - II <ul><li>Some worrying statistics : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It has been estimated that one-third of the authors who have a manuscript rejected not only abandon the manuscript, but the entire line of research on which it was based.” (Belcher, 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Silver lining : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Data indicate that many Nobel Prize winning authors have had their award-winning work initially rejected.” (Shepherd, 1995) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ On average, over half the manuscripts rejected are ultimately published elsewhere.” (Weller, 2001) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of Presentation Aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection Statistics </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part I
  6. 6. Journal Considerations - I <ul><li>The choice of the research journal is especially important </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the scope and guidelines of the journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject matter is consistent with the scope of the journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescribed rules are followed for formatting the text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The figures/graphs are publication quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The tables are presented in the appropriate format </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determine the match between the article and journal impact </li></ul><ul><li>if the research and presentation are of the quality expected by the journal </li></ul>
  7. 7. Journal Considerations - II <ul><li>Language skills are appropriate, as required by the journal </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive technical terminology should not be used </li></ul><ul><li>Article should provide a coherent description of the research </li></ul><ul><li>Description should be well organized </li></ul><ul><li>Page/word limit should be strictly followed </li></ul><ul><li>In general, adhering to these broad guidelines will reduce the chances of rejection </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Research Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection Statistics </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part I
  9. 9. Research Aspects - I <ul><li>The article should not be found to be deficient in one or more of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concepts or results should be novel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work should not be derived from or duplicate existing research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theoretical framework and assumptions should be well established and correlated with the data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proven techniques should be correctly employed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unsuitable methods should not be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New approaches should be adequately or convincingly justified </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Research Aspects - II <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment/samples of sufficient quality should be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data should be accurately recorded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systematic and statistical errors should be appropriately treated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reproducibility of the experiments/calculations should not be suspect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevance/Significance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research should be relevant for the specific sub-field or in terms of broad appeal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It should lead to a sufficient advancement of the field </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Research Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Research Aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection Statistics </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part I
  12. 12. Rejection statistics <ul><li>The reasons for, and rate of </li></ul><ul><li>rejection of manuscripts are </li></ul><ul><li>dependent on a number of </li></ul><ul><li>factors, and in general, may </li></ul><ul><li>be unique to every situation. </li></ul><ul><li>Certain trends can be isolated </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection rates are not directly </li></ul><ul><li>related to the number of papers </li></ul><ul><li>submitted </li></ul><ul><li>For journals which receive an </li></ul><ul><li>extremely large number of </li></ul><ul><li>submissions, the rejection </li></ul><ul><li>rate is necessarily high </li></ul>Data from: Rejection Rates: Atmospheric Science Journals David M. Schultz American Meteorological Society, Feb. 2010 DOI: 10.1175/2009BAMS2908.1
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