|The editorial process is impersonal; do not take rejection personally. Keep trying.
- Will the next submission be affected by previous rejections?
No. Your past history of success or failure has no bearing on your next submission. No causality, period. Editorial decisions are based on the contents or the ideas contained in that particular paper.
- Some papers are rejected because the ideas are not well developed in your paper. In this case, you may further refine the paper. If, as a result, the paper is different in substance, it can be submitted as a new paper.
- “‘The stupid referee' did not understand my paper."
This is usually an expositional problem on your part.
- You may request a reconsideration of your paper if the negative decision was based on
- incompetence of referees, or
- alleged factual or mathematical errors, when in fact the referee made a mistake.
Both of these can be verified, in principle, by others. We will try to get another opinion.
- However, do not claim this too frequently, or you may lose credibility in the future.
To Request a Reconsideration
- When you request a second or third opinion, send a message via e-mail, fax, or snail mail, specifying the reasons: (i) incompetent referee, or (ii) mathematical/factual errors.
If the rejection was based on other reasons (subjective opinions), do not attempt to question the decision. It is difficult to change the subjective opinions of referees.
- If it is deemed that your paper deserves a second or third opinion, you will be informed so. Then proceed with the next step. Otherwise, the process ends here.
- Include (i) 2 copies of the latest version, (ii) an additional submission fee, and (iii)a letter, stating the same reason above (e-mail messages do not contain signatures and hence cannot be treated as official). Remember, when you request a reconsideration, the paper should not be submitted elsewhere simultaneously for publication consideration. The editorial office intends to provide a fair refereeing process to all authors. However, additional referees must be persuaded to review the paper. (The editorial office awards a one-year subscription to reviewers.)
- Your letter should specify the manuscript number. In addition, it should contain complete correspondence information about the author: (i)address, (ii) telephone and fax numbers, and (iii) e-mail address. This enables the editorial office to contact you quickly should the need arise.