Understanding manuscript rejection and reasons why

About this video

It is important not to take manuscript rejection personally. Instead, value any feedback you receive, as it can help you improve your manuscript and identify a more suitable journal for your research.

Part 1 of our "Rejected manuscripts: Next steps and finding the right fit" recorded webinar focuses on understanding why your paper has been rejected.

Watch to discover how. 

About the presenters

Wesley B. Swords
Wesley B. Swords

Senior Scientific Managing Editor (Energy Journals)

Wesley has hands-on research experience in the fields of physical, inorganic, materials, and organic chemistry with applications in solar energy, solar fuels, and photocatalytic synthesis. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spent time as a visiting researcher at Uppsala University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. With 6 first-author manuscripts and 17 others co-authored he understands what it takes to publish research from an author’s perspective – and has dealt with the pains of manuscript rejection. In 2022, Wesley joined Elsevier as a Scientific Managing Editor within the Author Heroes team. Working within the Energy and Materials portfolios, he enjoys assisting and advocating for authors throughout their publishing journeys.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wesley-swords

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSwordsChem

Jessica Tom
Jessica Tom

Scientific Managing Editor (Colloids Journals)

Jessica Tom received her Ph.D. in 2014 at the University of Sydney in the application of controlled radical polymerisation techniques to modify and improve the properties of materials including cellulose and silica nanoparticles. Her post-doctoral research at Technische Universität Darmstadt and Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena involved making mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrid materials with tuneable ionic permselectivity for lab-on-chip devices, and the use of photoacids/photobases in block copolymer micelles for photo-triggered local drug release. After deciding to leave the lab, Jessica joined Elsevier in 2021 as a Scientific Managing Editor. In this role, she helps authors find the right home for their valuable work after rejection by offering and facilitating the easy transfer of their manuscript to a more appropriate journal.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jctom