The publishing process is very dependent upon the review process. A typical review process is described, step by step.
Reviewers (Referees) and editor decide if the manuscript is accepted What is the purpose? - Identify manuscripts suitable for journal - Correct flaws in worthwhile but imperfect work What do you need to consider? - Time factor
Journal's First Step
Editor assign the MS to an Editor-in-Charge (EIC) The EIC then determines whether the MS goes out for review (Sometimes Editor performs this step)
Your First Goal - Get past Editor!
“No Reviews” mostly reflect “Lack of fit” with journal Very narrow potential audience Not likely to be a contribution
Reaching a Descision
Two reviewers’ comments received by the Editor in Charge Editor in Charge reviews the paper, drafts comments, and makes a recommendation to Journal Editor Editor makes a decision Letter to the author is drafted Often takes 60-90 days to reach a decision
MS sent out for initial review and with a decision: Accept <1% Reject 45% Revise and resubmit 54% Minor revision: 20% Major revision: 34%
What are they? - Variable - Better journals have higher Rejection Rates What is the significance? Should you risk time? Sometimes, you need a Paper published to support another Paper Thus, not all Papers can be ‘Nature’ papers
Main Reasons that Papers are Rejected
1. Inappropriate for the particular journal 2. Merely confirmatory 3. Describes poorly designed or constructed studies 4. Poorly written