Psychological Problems

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.

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4 thoughts on “Psychological Problems”

  1. You aren’t an idiot, it was a poorly composed email and people who work with words for a living should know better. I once got an email acceptance to a competitive conference in which first paragraph (not just a sentence!) described the number of excellent proposals they received and how competitive the applicants were and how they could only select a few etc. etc. It was not until the second paragraph that I learned I was accepted.

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  2. Also, I was able to see the second paragraph because I was reading on my computer. If I had read it on my phone, I would have only seen the negative paragraph and I probably would have stopped reading right there.

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