Who is involved?
The main people involved in the publication process include:
What are the stages?
Instead of a very detailed long post (which was what I did earlier), I'm going to use slides I made earlier in the year when I got the chance to hear from several editors who came as guest speakers.
Things to remember in the process:
This process is lengthy. Each cycle of review can take upwards to 6 months, and that's not including the time it takes to secure reviewers, for editors to consolidate feedback, etc. Moreover, journals can be backlogged, which means while they accept your submission and will turn it into a publication, that date could be a full year or even two years from when you receive the publication notice.
This process is not personal, but it definitely feels like it is. I've heard mentors, advisors, and even editors say over and over to not take this process personally— rejection is the most common response in academia. But I'll be frank, it burns and hurts, so while I try to keep this in mind and hope that you can too, also take time to celebrate small victories (like even getting something to be submission-ready) and do what you do to take care of yourself. (Example: me: eat Hot Cheetos, talk shit about the journal for two days with close friends, cry, take a bath, watch a movie, and then start cleaning my apt and get back on it.) And again, this is why that community is so important because the publication process is not and should not be an isolated journey.
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