Initial submission took a year and change before I received R&R. Resubmitted. I think it took about 6 months to hear back. One ref said 'Yes', one ref said 'Wait, I've thought of a new objection'. Ref says that this objection is basically the thing that stands in the way of his recommending acceptance. Objection had been addressed in initial submission in section cut to satisfy the ref's desire to have paper streamlined. Resubmit. I've waited 5 months now and no word. Upon resubmitting, one of the refs (I believe, it would be a crazy coincidence if it wasn't the ref) used the google to trace paper back to my webpage where the title was listed as a conference presentation. I can't seem to get the journal to do much to get this guy to act and I suspect that I've rubbed the ref the wrong way by pointing out (delicately and politely) that the ref's new objection was just the old objection addressed back in 2007 in a section that ref said to cut. So today I floated the possibility of pulling the thing if I didn't receive some sort of up/down decision within the month. Should I pull if I don't hear something by mid-December? Help. I need advice. When do people give up on a journal and start over?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
When do you pull a paper?
An anonymous commenter on the previous thread poses this important question, which I thought it might be good to have a fuller discussion of....