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.