How To Not Get Published, Or Even Peer-Reviewed

Publishing: This is required reading for faculty who want, or need, to publish medical education research articles.  Researchers describe the pre-peer review editorial process at Academic Medicine, during which 65% of submitted manuscripts are rejected, either directly by the editor-in-chief or by associate editor review.  Free text comments from associate editors regarding 369 manuscripts selected for expedited rejection were analyzed qualitatively.  The average rejected article had 3.11 reasons for rejection, with the reasons falling into 9 major themes.  Themes represented by more than 30% of rejected manuscripts were:  “ineffective study question or design” 92%; “suboptimal data collection process” 49%; “weak discussion and/or conclusions” 37%; unimportant or irrelevant topic to the journal’s mission” 37%; “weak data analysis and/or presentation of results” 33%.  Many of these objections could likely be avoided by better planning during the study design phase. — Laura Willett, MD

Meyer HS, Durning SJ, Sklar D, Maggio LA. Making the First Cut: An Analysis of Academic Medicine Editors’ Reasons for Not Sending Manuscripts Out for External Peer Review. Acad Med. 2017 Aug.

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