In almost all situations, the word “rejection” produces a negative emotional response. To be rejected means that whatever endeavor has been undertaken does not meet the minimal criteria or is otherwise unacceptable. The unpleasant feeling of rejection is part of our human experience. In the publication world, rejection of a manuscript causes feelings of defensiveness, disappointment, and even anger. A manuscript can be rejected before or after the peer-review process. To avoid such rejection, authors need to be proactive and learn to better understand the peer-review process and the underlying reasons for paper rejection.

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