Rejection improves eventual impact of manuscripts

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Rejection improves eventual impact of manuscripts

A study of papers’ histories from submission to publication unearths unexpected patterns.

11 October 2012

Just had your paper rejected? Don’t worry — that might boost its ultimate citation tally. An excavation of scientific papers' usually hidden prepublication trajectories from journal to journal has found that papers published after having first been rejected elsewhere receive significantly more citations on average than ones accepted on first submission.

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