Why it is kinda annoying to get a scientific article published…..

For those of you unfamiliar with peer-review: one research group writes down their results in the form of an article and submits it to a journal for publication. The editors will then consider whether the story is interesting enough and subsequently send it out to other professors usually to assess quality.

I am still working on the publication of my first first-author research paper. The first journal we sent it to, said that the biological relevance is not clear to them. Okay, whatever. The second journal asked for some mechanistic insights, that are really impossible to get with the currently available methods. An expert in the field told me, standing at my poster at some conference, that it would be really “nasty” to ask for this as a reviewer without knowing that one had actually asked for exactly this… The third journal mainly commented on our phrasing and English – WTF? And then to top it off, reviewers of the fourth journal mainly asked for additional experiments etc. That were already presented in the supplementary material. How about you read it first and comment on it AFTER reading?

I’m clueless. So yeah, if anyone has some wonder-coverletter that’ll get anything published…. Let me know 😉



  1. If I were you I’d go back to the third journal for publication. Look up papers by the those persons rejecting you, study their bad grammar and syntax, then incorporate it into your own paper and resubmit. 😉 😉

  2. Sounds like you’ve had some really terrible luck with reviewers! It took a year and half between finishing my masters thesis and getting it published as a paper. This included lots of time editting, formatting, responding to reviewers, and waiting for responses from the journal, so I can sympathise. Hopefully you’ve got good support from your supervisor – without that I’m not sure mine ever would have made it. Keep your head up and good luck!

    1. Thanks 🙂 I’m sure everything will turn out all right in the end. It just gets a bit frustrating now and then. Hopefully I will get more useful reviewer comments the next time I submit a paper….

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