Brilliant- rejection of a rejection

Rejection of rejection letter

[insert university emblem here]

Dear Professor [insert name of editor]

[Re: MS 2015_XXXX Insert title of ground-breaking study here]

Thank you for your rejection of the above manuscript.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept it at this time. As you are probably aware we receive many rejections each year and are simply not able to accept them all. In fact, with increasing pressure on citation rates and fiercely competitive funding structures we typically accept fewer than 30% of the rejections we receive. Please don’t take this as a reflection of your work. The standard of some of the rejections we receive is very high.

In terms of the specific factors influencing our decision the failure by Assessor 1 to realise the brilliance of the study was certainly one of them. Simply stating “this study is neither novel nor interesting and does not extend knowledge in this area” is not reason enough. This, coupled with the use of Latin quotes by Assessor 2, rendered an acceptance of your rejection extremely unlikely.

We do wish you and your editorial team every success with your rejections in the future and hope they find safe harbour elsewhere. To this end, may we suggest you send one to [insert name of rival research group] for consideration. They accept rejections from some very influential journals.

Please understand that our decision regarding your rejection is final. We have uploaded the final manuscript in its original form, along with the signed copyright transfer form.

We look forward to receiving the proofs and to working with you in the future.

Yours sincerely

Dr [insert name here]

[Insert research group acronym here]

[Insert university here]

[Insert country here—that is, Australia/New Zealand/small European Country/Canada]




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karyotypes and rearrangements in Littorina fabalis and L. obtusata soon available.

A project with Juanjo Pasantes and Daniel Souto from the University of Vigo.

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Pacbio sequencing for the detection of rearrangements in Littorina fabalis and L. obtusata has started.

News on this topic soon!

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A project on reinforcement with Johan Hollander and Roger Butlin has started.

Preliminary results by the end of 2015.

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Happy Darwin Day!

“On the tendency of species to form varieties; and on the perpetuation of varieties and species by natural means of selection.”  

Galicia (2011)

Photos from Juan Hurtado

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Diana visit to the Natural History Museum of London with support from the SYNTHESYS program

Diana was awarded a grant from the SYNTHESYS program (Synthesis of systematic resources), through which I had the opportunity to meet Dr. David G. Reid, one of the most knowledgeable researchers on many aspects of the biology of littorinids, at the Natural History Museum of London. During this period, I had access to Dr. David Reid’s unique (and the world’s largest) collection of flat periwinkles, including several specimens from key geographic locations, crucial to complete our understanding of the evolutionary history of these two sister species, and to clarify an important standing debate about putative hybridization between them. It was great fun!


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2014’s awarded project by the Volkswagen Foundation has started

In 2014, Rui Faria was awarded a research project by the prestigious Volkswagen Foundation on Genomic architecture of speciation: the role of chromosomal rearrangements”.

This project aims to study the patterns of whole-genome divergence between flat periwinkles species and also between primate species in collaboration with Katja Nowick, University of Leipzig.

Within the framework of this project Graciela Sotelo was hired for 1,5 years as a postdoc.

Rui Faria’s comment to the award was: “No I don’t have a Volkswagen!”

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