Article Accepted, Happiness Ensues

OK, folks, I know you will laugh but I just had an article accepted for publication in a very good journal. A very good journal. It’s my third accepted article in two months. I’m on a roll here.

When I got the acceptance email, I thought I wasn’t reading it right because I never thought this journal would accept me. I’d had a glass of wine just before, so I suspected that maybe I was imagining it. So I called N. and had him read the email. And he confirmed that it was an acceptance.

“I just realized,” I told him, “that you are married to a brilliant woman.”

“I’ve always known that,” he responded.

“Well, I haven’t,” I said.

It is very good to know that I’m not an intellectual failure.

I’m too emotional now to say anythingΒ intelligentΒ but in my next post I will share what I did to turn myself from a slacker into a publishing machine. πŸ™‚

I feel very very happy.

39 thoughts on “Article Accepted, Happiness Ensues”

  1. Congratulations!!! That’s very exciting!!!!!

    (I, on the other hand, just had a paper rejected today, but it was rejected with some really great comments to make it better, and some really annoying comments that were addressed and would’ve been addressed more in depth if we had the length available, so overall a relatively positive experience, despite the rejection.)


    1. I’m sorry you had a paper rejected! However, I can tell you what N. told me when my article was rejected and I was miserable: what matters is that you have an article. You send out work, you can try to improve it, introduce changes, resubmit. Many people complain that they never get published but they never even submit, so what chance do they have?

      Good luck and thanks for the support!


      1. Of course – and I’m still a (very) baby academic – I’m only a 1st year PhD student. Besides, its a learning experience, and the reviewers comments can only make things better. They were (for the most part) good comments… means my writing isn’t as clear as it should and could be. πŸ™‚ But I’ll celebrate your publication, because it’s super duper exciting πŸ™‚


  2. I am very happy for you. Congratulations. 6 or 7 articles is a good number for tenure, so if you can get 3 acceptances in a few months, you must be doing it right.


    1. I have already fulfilled my tenure requirements in terms of research. And I still have 3,5 years to go. πŸ™‚

      Thank you, Jonathan, you have been an enormous source of help and motivation.


  3. Just catching up — congrats on the acceptance!!!
    Can you go up for tenure early if you already have what you need?
    (Some places are conservative and don’t let people go up early unless they walk on water, and even then it’s a toss of the coin; some places are reasonable.)


    1. Thank you, dearest GMP!

      I actually don’t think I want tenure just yet. I want to have a book first and at least two more articles in super duper journals. πŸ™‚ I want tenure to mean something to me, more than to the tenure committee. I know this sounds very wackadoo but I really need to have a certain stature in my own eyes to be ready to be a tenured prof.


  4. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I was worried for a brief time that you were spending all your energy on blogging at the expense of scholarly work. I am so very glad that I need not have worried..


    1. Thank you for asking this question, Dan Miller! The journal is called Romance Quarterly. And the article is about two novels by XIXth century Spanish female writers. They were extremely successful and ultra-bestselling in their time. Today, however, they are often dismissed by the critics because these writers were very Conservative politically. Hence, it is somehow expected that if they were Conservative, the literature they produced must have been just silly propaganda, so who needs to read their novels?

      My position, however, is that we need to stop judging these writers for what they did or did not do politically and, instead, turn to the texts they wrote. If one actually reads their novels, one will see that they are no mere propaganda pieces. These are nuanced, complex works of literature that have a lot to contribute to our understanding of what female writers wrote about in the XIXth century and why.

      This is the kind of research I like to do. I take an accepted opinion about a work of art and see if I can engage with a text in a way that would be more complex and insightful.


  5. P.S. Three accepted articles in two months is AMAZING!!! Wow. I love writing but I find it very hard to keep up an active writing schedule when the school year starts. So I would love any tips you can offer. πŸ™‚


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