Psychological problems are a heavy burden. Three months ago, I received what I thought was a rejection of an article I had submitted for publication. It started with the words “unfortunately, we will not be able to publish your article titled XYZ in our journal…”.
I got upset, stopped reading the email, closed it, and moved on. This article is a bit of a touchy subject because I had originally written it for an edited volume whose editors behaved in an irresponsible way and annoyed me.
Today, I got another email from the journal asking me where the article is and why I’m not sending it. It turns out that the original email said “we will not be able to publish your article titled XYZ in our journal in its current form. Please make required changes and send it back within 3 months.”
It also turns out that the original email said that there’s also a second journal that is interested in the article, so I have to choose where I want to publish it.
I feel like a bit of an idiot now.