Post # 1
I was just wondering if there were any Bees that have experience with getting an article peer-reviewed and published. I submitted an article a while back, presented it, had it peer-reviewed with marginal scores, and it was denied publication. I recently submitted it to another journal for a last-stich effort before scrapping it.
So, have you every tried to get published? Were you successful? What was your area of study?
Post # 3
I published one article on Parasitology Research last year. My research was on gene sequencing, characterization, cross-phylum locus comparison for an avian parasite. It was more on the molecular biology area but since the bacteria affected was a parasite, i was able to publish in parasitology research. My first 3 attempts to journal of molecular biology, and two other journal (i cannot remember) failed. Look into their comments, see why the reviewers think your article is not good enough. Mine was because lack of novelty, not enough work to justify, and lack of flow. After those rejections, my PI changed the direction of my project slightly, added in more bioinformatic research and reconstructed the way i presented my data. Don’t be afraid to send your articles to lesser-known journals (those with lower impact factor) and also to journals that are related to your field but not directly so. For eg, instead of cell, science, nature, try journal of molecular biology, bioinformatics, journal of parasitology, biology of the cell etc…
I wish you luck and patience. My paper took 1.5 years to refine and finally publish.
Post # 4
@labmouse: Thanks! After I got the comments back from the first peer-review, I adjusted fire and submitted to another journal that was a bit more tailored to the type of research that I conducted. Unfortunately, I’m doing this solo so I don’t have a professor to fall back on for this particular work. I know when I start my Ph.d. I will have team of people to assist me, but I’m holding out a vain hope that I may be able to do this alone.
Post # 5
It would definitely help if you have your PI to submit the cover letter along with the manuscript. I mean, you would write the cover letter and the article, but he/she could be the one submitting it. That was the case for me. It would give the paper a little more credibility. Again, i do not know what your research was for and that you mentioned you did not have a PI.
Another way is to summarize your work. Make it less complicated and publish it as a short article instead of a full paper. Try again and again, modify the paper each time you send it to a journal to suit its requirement. At PhD level, publication is ever important. You would not have a team of people helping you to publish, they would likely give you advise and you would eventually have to do it on your own.
Publication is a headache. Keep the efforts going, don’t waste your research work.