Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 323--324

Scientific article publishing: Dealing with rejection blues


Sudhindra Baliga 
 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Sudhindra Baliga
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College Wardha, Maharashtra
India




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Publications of articles in indexed journals is considered as one of the most effective methods of research dissemination. In this accord the publication process requires thorough peer review and many articles may end up facing rejection at some point.

In every author's tenure there will always be that one rejection that hits their confidence and as a result, many face rejection blues!

It is indeed disheartening when your paper gets rejected by a journal and to this some common reactions could include:

Why me?

Why bother?

They are biased.!

Despite this, it is a surprising fact, that article rejection is actually an invitation to do better.

Many authors consider their manuscripts unworthy and impulsively discard them upon rejection. Many may even choose to resubmit the article without revision elsewhere, to achieve faster publication.

However, the peer review process of journals does make an article more crisp and fine. The corrections and suggestions received from the reviewers as well the editors must be dwelled upon to help alter the manuscript suitably. A positive approach, which is being calm and trying to rectify mistakes prove fruitful in a futuristic point of view.

The most common reasons for rejection could be[1],

Journal domain and relevanceNo new contribution to knowledge in the fieldsEthical issueTechnical mistakes in writingLanguageManuscript underdevelopedWeak research/hypothesisInadequate statistics/improper data interpretation.

It is important to carefully scrutinise the requirements of the journals before sending in the manuscripts and most of the above reasons can be avoided by following journal guidelines and following proper research protocol.

In some instances, the article might not fit into the scope and domain of the journal. Don't lose hope! Try another journal which pertains to the content of your article.

Always keep in mind to have complied with all the journal requirements as well as formats, and attached all the necessary documents while preparing a journal article. This creates a positive impression and clears the technical review process without any glitches.

Work on the language and grammar and don't shy to take help from experts in writing your research paper. Various grammar softwares are freely available for the same. Make sure to utilise all sources at your disposal to achieve the best quality of your article. In addition to this discussing the shortcomings of the article with colleagues, seniors and friends helps obtaining their view as a reader. This gives us a perspective of the target audience and eventually can mould the article more suitably.

Sometimes, even on fulfilling all the criteria certain papers get rejected…

Tweak the article, and retry! Don't quit with just one rejection. Remember, research writing is a long drawn process with many hurdles. Authentic content, strong hypothesis and genuine research work, does give success in the long run.

Working on the comments by the editor and reviewers gives a better perspective and each addition to the article takes it a step further. The peer review process aims at selecting qualitative and unique articles, hence gather as many inputs as possible and keep working towards the aim of publication of scientific evidences.

Manjarrez FE, López EO, Romero-Henríquez LF, López-Ortiz G. Peer-Review and Rejection Causes in Submitting Original Medical Manuscripts. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2020 Summer;40(3):182-186.

References

1Manjarrez FE, López EO, Romero-Henríquez LF, López-Ortiz G. Peer-Review and Rejection Causes in Submitting Original Medical Manuscripts. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2020 Summer;40(3):182-186.