Author: Hamnett, H. Publication Year: 2016

Summary: This short article highlights eight reasons why, in the opinion of the author Hilary Hamnett, papers are rejected by journals. Description: The reasons include;
• Scope – The paper is not within the scope of the journal
• Novelty – The reasons why the work reported as novel and different is not made clear
• Old topic – The topic is no longer current in the field
• Fragmentation – The study reported is part of a larger study
• Weak conclusions – Studies that simply confirm previously published findings or are inconclusive or require further work are unlikely to generate excitement
• References – These are an important window into the author’s work.
• Impact – The author cannot see how the paper will result in a change in the field
• Referees’ comments – These need to be considered carefully and a response prepared.

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