Submitted articles in high-quality scholarly journals can be rejected for many reasons. A large number of papers get rejected solely on the basis of their writing or without being reviewed any further. Every researcher experiences rejection at all stages of their careers. Studies have shown that around 21% are rejected without review, and approximately 40% of papers are rejected after peer review. In such cases, every authors need to figure out number of options on what to do when their papers are rejected.
- Give yourself time and face it with a clear mind and proper analysis
- Provide the submission details and learn all the details of reviewer comments
- Asking Editor to reconsider with good reasons and arguments
- Revise, rewritten and (re)submit to same or another journal that fits your work
- Do a series of improvements for your articles
- Ask advice to a more experienced researcher who has published more than you
- Editors, like all humans, make mistakes
- Try again and do some research works
Having a paper rejected can be frustrating and make you unhappy, but you still have a chance to turn this condition into your advantage. Your work is likely not as terrible or flawed as you think it is and editors often make the wrong decision. Enjoy and good luck for publishing your research and get some more experience!