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Signs Your Manuscript is Not Fit for Publication

I recently had a manuscript rejected a second time.  It gave me a few thoughts on what signs may mean that your manuscript will just never be accepted.

These are signs that your manuscript may not be fit for publication:

1) Your manuscript has been rejected so many times that the impact factor of the journal your are now submitting to is lower than the p value of your results.

2)  You were just accepted for publication, but the editors have asked that prior to publication the manuscript be translated into Urdu.

3) Your last rejection letter included a suggestion that your manuscript be changed from a description of a randomized controlled trial to an comedic editorial.

4) You receive a solicitation for publication by The Journal of Irreproducible Results

5) You are now submitting to a journal that is peer reviewed by chimpanzees.

6) They have rejected your manuscript for insufficient banana content.

7) Instead of a form letter thanking your for your effort and desire to publish, the editors write you to tell you that your submissions are no longer welcome.

8) Unless they include bananas.

9) You are considering submitting  to Cat Fancy.

10) You have decided that it’s far easier to publish via blog post.

There’s always Southern Medical Journal.

Categories: Fun Stuff
  1. Shane Marsh
    June 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm
  2. Laura
    June 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    All that hard work….love your sense of humor! What was your topic/research project?


  3. Mary Baker
    July 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Maybe you need to outsource the editing and marketing? But even then I must agree, peer-reviewed journals are basically a “mean girls” club. They’re all snob-bitches and you have to pay to play. I love your sense of humor, and if you have something to share, please do so. Look at what has happened to traditional brick-and-mortar publishing. “Peer-reviewed” journals are worthwhile – what would science be without them? – but they also need a sharp stick in the butt. Wake up, people!


  4. Mike
    August 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Is Southern Medical Journal really that easy? Is it in Pubmed?


    • May 8, 2015 at 4:57 am

      It is a fairly low impact factor journal that publishes a variety of things, mostly things that couldn’t be published in better journals.


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