So, I’m curious if anyone else ever has this experience. I, as you probably suspect, send articles to journals periodically. And, every now and then, I get a reply. Usually this reply appears as an e-mail with an alphanumeric hash for a subject line.* And yes, I know it’s usually some combination of manuscript number and date of receipt. In any case, when I get these e-mails, despite my desire to know the outcome, I usually do not immediately open them. Usually I let them sit for a while, answer some other e-mail, do some other chores, but all the time I’m thinking about the e-mail sitting like Schrodinger’s Cat in my inbox, locked in a superposition between acceptance, revise & resubmit, reject & resubmit, reject, and whatever new wacky review innovation I’m about to discover.** It’s not that I don’t want to know, I do… I just don’t seem to be able to look right away.

Does anyone else do this, or is it just me?

* e.g. "MS-15545-09-GRAPE"

** I'm half expecting one of these days to get a "Reject and burned the desk the manuscript was opened on."

4 thoughts on “entanglement”

  1. Nope, not just you. I do this routinely– mostly out of fear that I’ll have to either revise the damn thing again or start this insane process again at another journal with a whole new set of needy reviewers. Sometimes I ask my spouse (also a sociologist) to read the message first and then prepare me for the contents.

    Perhaps, I should up my Xanax….


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