The Moment of Truth
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Feedback
Whether by phone call, email or snail-mail, you will receive a response to your submission. It’s never easy to wait, and it can be even harder to get the news.
Submissions have three possible outcomes:
- Request for resubmission with revisions
Of the three, acceptance is the rarest. Acceptance rates at journals vary a great deal, and prestigious journals often accept fewer than 10 percent of the submitted manuscripts.
The second outcome, for revisions and resubmission, is a positive sign, even though it means more work with no guarantee of a good outcome. Revisions, which we’ll examine later in this module, create the opportunity to rethink the key points of your paper and reshape it into something much stronger.
And then there’s the final option: rejection. Let’s take a closer look at that least favorite of outcomes…