Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The Journal of Universal Rejection

You've got to love the internet.  Just when PGs everywhere are falling foul of caffeine poisoning, and losing-the-will-to-live-itis, juggling submissions to present at conferences, applications for publication in journals, attending seminars, academic admin and, let's not forget, working on the thesis, a website comes along and makes you smile.  The "Journal of Universal Rejection" has as its founding tenet, well, the rejection of all articles it receives. So it somewhat takes the pressure off us early career researchers, nervously submitting to nice and established journals and waiting interminable months to see if we make the cut. 

Here's a cheering excerpt from the JoUR's homepage -

About the Journal
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:

  • You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.

  • There are no page-fees.

  • You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).

  • The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.

  • You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.

  • Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.

  • Is academic publication really this gruelling? Isn't all the bitching - I mean rarified "discussion" - about the difficulties of getting published just an issue of perception, and, even one of self-confidence? I am not sure. But what I do know, thanks to the JoUR, is that there are others out there who share the pain and worry about journal submissions.  And that is rather nice.

    -- Alicia 

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