Manuscript Rejection Reasons and How to Prevent It
A good manuscript is an original document(s) usually explains new outcomes through well-organized scientific research. In the field of pharmaceutical science, any performed research study is necessary to convert into published manuscripts. Generally, it is written by a scientific writer for researchers. Manuscripts can be published in the national or international scientific journals in the form of expert and editorial opinions, reviews, research articles, short communications, and proceedings. From these, research and reviews articles are the most important and prevalent types of manuscripts, which are often read and written. After completion, the author should make sure at least it fulfills the journal’s requirements, which also prevents the 20-30% unnecessary delays. Then, it is sent to scientific journals for publication from where the journal’s review process initiates.
Manuscript Rejection Reasons
No one likes rejection after spending too much time or efforts on manuscript preparation. But in the journals world, rejections are normal than the exception. Therefore, many authors face the rejection from the editors of scientific journals because of the following principal reasons:
- Technical screening failure: Document cannot be qualified for editor’s review for many reasons such as its contents or elements are plagiarized, another journal is reviewing the same manuscript at the same time, and unsatisfactory written quality, figures, and tables are not clear.
- Lack of the journal’s scope: Manuscript can be rejected if it does not follow the reference style, objective, and scope of the journal.
- Originality issue: A journal can reject the manuscript if it does not contain anything new or adding knowledge into the already published articles. The editors consider the originality as main criteria for publication.
- Manuscript’s topic is not remarkable: If the topic does not fall under the interest of the journal’s audience, then, it can lead to the rejection. It may occur due to too general content, less demand for the topic, no innovative results, and lack of clarity.
- Methodology flaws: Some manuscript can be rejected due to improper methodology. It may be raised by poor literature search for a methodology which also reflects less knowledge of the researcher, which may ultimately lead to resulting in flaws.
- Reviewer comments ignored: When it reaches to the review step, then reviewers suggest major or minor changes in the comment form. If the author fails to respond to these comments, then the manuscript can be rejected.
Prevention of Manuscripts Rejection
Despite the high quality of writing or appropriate research article, ≥ 50% of manuscripts are rejected; even fail to reach the review process. But, the manuscript rejection can be overcome if researchers or scientists follow the below-given prevention ways:
- A separate writer should be hired who can check formatting flaws, writing guideline according to the journal, way of presentation, word count and types of figures or tables. Before submission, all these issues should be corrected in the manuscript.
- After choosing the journal for manuscript publication, check if the research topic is according to the target audience and geographical location of the journal.
- Manuscript undergoes a review process after submission and reverts back with major or minor revision comments. Answer all the comments carefully with a logical reason.
- Elements in the manuscript should be well organized with effective graphs, figure, and tables. Results and conclusion should match with its objective.
- Novelty is the main criteria for selection for publication, so manuscript should provide new or updated information to the existed researches.
In this way, the manuscript is an essential document that provides factual information to the research scholars or scientists. So, originality of the manuscript is the main criterion for the manuscript submission and acceptance.