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Feature Christmas 2015: The Publication Game

Rejection of rejection: a novel approach to overcoming barriers to publication

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6326
  1. Cath Chapman, senior research fellow1,
  2. Tim Slade, associate professor1
  1. 1NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: C Chapman c.chapman{at}

Tired of rejections? Cath Chapman and Tim Slade offer a simple way to fight back

All academics aim to publish in high impact journals. However, many leading scientific and medical journals reject more than 80% of the manuscripts they receive, making rejection the biggest barrier to publication in high quality journals. We propose a novel solution to this problem. It involves very little extra work by submitting authors, is applicable to a wide range of circumstances (such as flawed study, lack of broad interest to the field, or highly critical assessors), and is scaleable to meet the needs of academics from various disciplines. To …

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