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Peer reviews: the dreaded rejection

  • Author(s): Venkatesh, Samantha
  • Maymone, Mayra BC
  • Vashi, Neelam A
  • et al.
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This commentary considers the reasons for rejection of manuscripts during the peer-review process. Poor methodology, inappropriate statistical analysis, irrelevance, and technical errors are cited frequently as motives for manuscript rejection. Guidance, such as selecting an applicable journal, conducting a rigorous study, and writing efficiently, is provided for authors to prevent initial rejection. Researchers are reassured that rejection is a common consequence of peer-review and subsequent submissions to other journals are often successful publications.

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