Your journal manuscript can be rejected if it:
- Lacks proper structure.
- Lacks the necessary detail for readers to fully understand the authors’ analysis.
- Has no new science.
- Does not clearly explain which parts of the findings is new science, versus what was already known.
- Lacks up-to-date references.
- Contains theories, concepts, or conclusions that are not fully supported by its data, arguments, and information.
- Does not provide enough details about materials and methods to allow other scientists to repeat the experiment.
Lacks clear descriptions or explanations of:
- Hypotheses tested.
- The experimental design.
- Sample characteristics and descriptive statistics.
- Describes poor experimental design, or faulty or insufficient statistical analysis.
- Has poor language quality.
Publication is a difficult process, and you must be prepared to defend your submission against rejection from both editors and peer reviewers. However, do not be too persistent.