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Five ways to deal with a research rejection

Getting an article, presentation, grant or book proposal rejected is tough! Some people brush it off and move quickly to the next publication venue, but others might hang on to it for a moment and want to know more, maybe to help it from happening again. It is a difficult fact of life to avoid, but here are five ways to move forward:

  1. Read the rejection carefully. There will most likely be good information about the situation.
  2. Acknowledge the rejection. It might feel easier to let the inherent competition of academia compel you to brush off or ignore the rejection, but it is also important to be kind to yourself (and others) when experiencing a setback.
  3. Congratulate yourself for trying! Getting to the point where you can submit a piece of scholarship or a grant proposal is an accomplishment (great tip from Nadja Durbach in History)
  4. Consider new venues. Work with a scholarly communication librarian or a colleague to explore more publishing venues
  5. Get to know other authors. Consider attending the U of U Authorship Support Group or other author events on campus.

Want to connect with a librarian for support on publishing? Contact Allyson Mower.