What will you learn?

  1. The three concepts reviewers use to assess your paper
  2. Key research paper components and publication impact
  3. The 10 most common causes of journal rejection
  4. What can researchers do with a rejected paper
  5. How to deal with rejection constructively
  6. How to use reference managers effectively


Course Description

Not only are rejections part of an author’s learning curve, but they are a part of life itself. It’s important to plan for success but not be discouraged by failure; but this is easier said than done. With the growing volume of submissions, the rejection rates of top journals can be as high as 95%. Therefore, this expert-led program is useful for all researchers, irrespective of whether you are pursuing your PhD, are leading your research group, or are a researcher who’s published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

This program will help you understand how to cope with rejection, as well as how to bounce back and prepare your manuscript for journal resubmission. It explains the key concepts reviewer or journal editors look for in a manuscript, and then offers practical advice and options for authors who are wondering what to do after their paper is rejected. As correct references also play a big role in journal rejections, the course also includes a lecture on how you can use reference managers like Zotero or Mendeley to effectively consolidate, organize, and create a well-presented bibliography, improving accuracy and reducing your burden significantly.

What topics will you cover?

Lecture 1: A quick introduction to rejection and references

Lecture 2: What a reviewer wants

Lecture 3: Common causes of rejection

Lecture 4: Reference managers

Lecture 5: Conclusion

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