Late last week I had two papers (the ones I submitted earlier in the week) accepted for publication. This was awesome news, and because I had a lag in publishing while I was a postdoc- every little paper helps right now. As you all know, I’ve been writing and submitting feverishly.
Anyway, I wrote the SRA for the study section that will be reviewing my grant at the end of this month a brief email to ask whether he/she might be able to pass this information along to the reviewers to whom my grant was assigned. I did this same thing about 3 days before the review of my A1 (a different grant, same study section, same SRA) in the fall- and was told this was no problem, the information would be passed along. I know that the reviewers aren’t obligated to look at the new information- they aren’t even obligated to look at the update (as I understand it).
Well, this time it apparently IS a problem. The SRA reports that he/she can not update the reviewers that I have two additional papers accepted for publication, unless this is in the official update that I am allowed to submit 1 month prior to the meeting of the study section. If I had known about this at the time I submitted the update, obviously I would have put it in the update.
The SRA says this is a ‘new and relatively recent’ change in policy. I am having a hard time believing this is true, and wonder how I was supposed to know about this? I know rules are rules- and if this really is a rule then I’ll shut up and go away. But I can’t help but to feel like this isn’t the case.