Have you had any papers rejected by reputable journals recently? Or even by the less reputable journals you were forced to send the paper to when its revolutionary importance was not appreciated by earlier reviewers? If so, consider this: Perhaps—even given the enormous effort that went into submitting the grant application, preparing the protocol, and writing the paper (and even conducting the research itself)— you never really wanted the paper published in the first place.

At least that’s my opinion, based on my experiences as an editor. Indeed, over the years, it has become apparent to me that much of the material submitted forpublication is actually not intended for publication. This is the only way I can explain why the style of a majority of submitted papers is not in the format of the journal concerned, and why a very high percentage of papers are rejected by reputable journals. The...

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