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8 reasons why your article could be rejected

An editor reveals the top reasons many manuscripts fail to make it to the peer review process

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Below are 8 reasons that one of our editors, Dr. Peter Thrower, gave when it came to rejecting articles. The full story was featured in our Elsevier Connect channel back in September 2012. It was such a well-read story we thought we would highlight it to our Authors’ Update audience. See link below for the full article.

Are you ready to submit your paper? Keep these points in mind before you submit to avoid getting rejected before it goes for peer review.

  1. It fails the technical screening (e.g. figures or references are not complete).
  2. It does not fall within the Aims and Scope of the journal.
  3. It's incomplete (e.g. article contains observations but is not a full study).
  4. The procedures and/or analysis of the data is seen to be defective (e.g. the study lacks clear control groups or other comparison metrics).
  5. The conclusions cannot be justified on the basis of the rest of the paper.
  6. It's simply a small extension of a different paper, often from the same authors.
  7. It's incomprehensible (e.g. the language, structure, or figures are poor).
  8. It's boring.

For the full article visit: Elsevier Connect.

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Author biography

Dr. Peter ThrowerPeter Thrower, PhD, is Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of Carbon, the international journal of the American Carbon Society, and Professor Emeritus of Material Sciences and Engineering at Penn State University.

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