I submitted 3 papers last month. Here’s the latest. You may remember that paper #1 was accepted pending minor revisions. I made said minor revisions and resubmitted it at 4 pm on a Friday- two days before my update for my grant was due. I was hoping- but not realistically imagining- that I might get an acceptance letter before I had to turn in my update. It must be the month for granting DrDrA’s wishes– because at 8 pm that very Friday night, I got the official acceptance letter from the editor. So- Manuscript in press is now in my grant update… which is a great thing- and I bow down to the editor for the speed-of-light turnaround. I see the proofs are in my inbox this morning.
Reviews from paper #2 came back earlier today. It’s an acceptance, also with revisions. I have the feeling this one will go back to the reviewers. Maybe. One of the reviewers is enthusiastic and has minor points to be addressed. It’s the other reviewer that’s giving me heartburn. Not that I can’t address what that reviewer has said- but some of what that reviewer has said is SO UNBELIEVABLY OFF that its almost unimaginable. Basically told me:
1. That one of the bread and butter techniques we are using (which is so so straight forward that my ten year old could do it, and in fact- I’ve been doing it for about the last 15 years-) was done ALL WRONG. I’m going to have to bury that reviewer with literature to straighten this out. In a nice way, naturally. And if that doesn’t work I’ll have to beat him/her over the head with my shoe (I’m KIDDING people).
2. The dreaded ‘preliminary’ AGAIN. Sheesh. He apparently thought that despite the fact that we had provided the evidence for/against (there is none against) our hypothesis-… which is what we thought we were supposed to be doing… we had not provided the evidence for his/her hypothesis. Dude-and I mean that in the most genderless way- if you want to have the hypothesis- you actually have to write the paper ok?
Anyway- I shouldn’t be bent out of shape- it’s more or less an acceptance after all.
Thus far, not much word on paper #3, although it was submitted first. It is under review- hopefully for not much longer…