Failure is a stepping stone to success in scientific publishing

By ASN Staff

Jente Ottenburghs, a postdoc at Uppsala University in Sweden, recently wrote up a piece outlining the rejections from multiple journals it took until he was able to be published. Though he focuses on ornithology, his experience is similar to that shared by many authors submitting manuscripts to publications.

Mr. Ottenburghs sent his manuscript to 17 journals in 2013 and he claims that in hindsight they were “a wild goose chase. The idea was interesting but not feasible…However, [his] fruitless attempts introduced [him] to the peer-review system of publishing and helped [him] improve [his] scientific writing skills”.

With that new knowledge, Mr. Ottenburghs was able to publish several papers in quick succession in 2016. He expresses that his story of rejection “illustrates that scientific publishing is not easy, but that you can learn how to increase your chances of getting a paper accepted. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’”.

For more information and to see the full blog post, please see Editage Insights.

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Jente Ottenburghs, a postdoc at Uppsala University in Sweden, recently wrote up a piece outlining the rejections from multiple journals it took until he was able to be published. Though he focuses on ornithology, his experience is similar to that shared by many authors submitting manuscripts to publications.

Mr. Ottenburghs sent his manuscript to 17 journals in 2013 and he claims that in hindsight they were “a wild goose chase. The idea was interesting but not feasible…However, [his] fruitless attempts introduced [him] to the peer-review system of publishing and helped [him] improve [his] scientific writing skills”.

With that new knowledge, Mr. Ottenburghs was able to publish several papers in quick succession in 2016. He expresses that his story of rejection “illustrates that scientific publishing is not easy, but that you can learn how to increase your chances of getting a paper accepted. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’”.

For more information and to see the full blog post, please see Editage Insights.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019