Seven reasons why journals reject papers

Some interesting thoughts on why papers get rejected, from the University of Nottingham, School of Education


I’ve written about rejections several times, and most of this is scattered throughout the blog, so I thought it might be helpful to amalgamate the most important points together. All in one place.

There are some very common reasons why journal papers get rejected:

(1) They are overcrowded with ideas. They lack focus. Most journal papers have one point to make, they work with one idea, one angle.

(2) They don’t reassure the reader that the research is trustworthy, in other words, that it has been thorough and that it fits within a recognizable tradition of work. Different disciplines require different levels of detail about how the research was conducted, with whom or what, where, how often, how many … The vast majority of journals require something that is methodological and/or about methods.

(3) They don’t fit the journal. It’s very important to check out the specific journal…

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