A PhD student receives a rejection from a journal. Here is how she and her supervisors responded

I am reblogging NIck Hopwood’s post about a PhD student who received a rejection from a journal and what came from that. It’s worth reading for a variety of reasons, including the relationship between the student and supervisors. I’ve received my share of rejections as I continue to improve as a writer and scholar, and I anticipate receiving many more. Initially, the rejection hurts because we all have a tendency to take such things personally, but once you get a few of those under your belt other things things piss you off. Taking six months to reject an article, for example, is enough to drive me mad. I would never consider submitting to that journal again. You have to have some standards as a PhD student.

Nick Hopwood

I was talking with a colleague recently who described an interaction with one of her students who had been rejected from a journal. The response of her supervisors sounded really interesting, so I asked if she’d mind forwarding the emails onto me for a blog post. Which she kindly did! There’s a lot here that is useful in thinking about how to respond when you get rejected. I should point out this is in a country where many students complete a PhD through publications, and in this case the article was written by the student, with all the supervisors helping her and named as authors.

First the student wrote to her supervisors

Dear supervisors,

At last I have got response from the journal regarding my second manuscript. Unfortunately they are not interested to publish it.

I´m very disappointed about that. I can agree with a lot of the comments, it is useful…

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