Scholarly Publishing is a Long-distance Run
If you are used to measuring your accomplishments in semester-length periods, scholarly publishing will be a new challenge. If a semester is a sprint, then scholarly publishing is a marathon. It takes a long time to build up a real track record of achievement.
As you’ll find in the following modules, scholarly publishing takes time, persistence and a thick skin. It can also be extremely rewarding, both professionally and personally. If you keep the perspective of the long-distance run – painful at times, but what an accomplishment! – you’ll enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
It may take years to get an article published-some articles six years, so perseverance is the hardest and most important part. Different editors and reviewers like different topics, and many good articles are rejected by one journal but accepted by another.
-- Elizabeth Cooperman, peer reviewer and author