In this post, I will explain how the process of peer-review.
I will also show you an example of an epic FAIL.
Yes, this really happened to me.
Yes, I was pissed, but I am over it.. sort of.
After a few weeks..
A few months later..
Ok, here’s what’s STANDARD …
Ok, here’s what happened to me…
So we submitted to a different journal..
Hmm.. I can’t help thinking you look familiar..
This is not uncommon in the peer review system – to get the same “expert” for your reviews. You see, there tend to be only a few “experts” especially in specific topic areas. So even when I submitted to a different journal, two different editors picked the same douche.
However, it is extremely unorthodox for the editor to ask for a completely new voice after the 1st round – it’d be the equivalent of a inserting a sub into a boxing match in the 4th round. (He/she is basically saying, “Yeah ignore the suggestions and changes of the first-round reviewers”). Any way you slice it, we went from “Accepted, make a few changes” to “Sorry, our hands are tied, I guess Reviewer 3 hates you, sorry buddy.” Fortunately, I haven’t heard of 2nd-round assignment happening to any of my friends.
I mean, the majority of reviewers who have seen this research have agreed that it is a significant contribution to the literature, but they are getting overridden by Reviewer 3.
Just wait until when (not if) I find out who he/she is..
Either way, we are submitting to a 3rd journal. Wish us luck!
Also, since the review is over, the content is no longer confidential and I decided that I will post highlights of reviewer 3’s comments in part 2 (next week)..
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