for your consideration: the journal of universal rejection

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Editor-in-Chief: Caleb Emmons

About the Journal
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:• You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
• There are no page-fees.
• You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
• The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
• You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
• Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.

Instructions for Authors
The JofUR solicits any and all types of manuscript: poetry, prose, visual art, and research articles. You name it, we take it, and reject it. Your manuscript may be formatted however you wish. Frankly, we don’t care.

After submitting your work, the decision process varies. Often the Editor-in-Chief will reject your work out-of-hand, without even reading it! However, he might read it. Probably he’ll skim. At other times your manuscript may be sent to anonymous referees. Unless they are the Editor-in-Chief’s wife or graduate school buddies, it is unlikely that the referees will even understand what is going on. Rejection will follow as swiftly as a bird dropping from a great height after being struck by a stone. At other times, rejection may languish like your email buried in the Editor-in-Chief’s inbox. But it will come, swift or slow, as surely as death. Rejection.

Submissions should be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief. Small files only, please. Why not just send the first couple pages if it is long?

An individual subscription may be secured for £120 per year (four issues). Institutional and library subscriptions are also available; prices will be provided upon enquiry. It is unknown whether the subscription will be delivered in print or as electronic content, because no one has yet ordered one.

• March 2009 (Vol 1, No 1) contents:
• June 2009 (Vol 1, No 2) contents:
• September 2009 (Vol 1, No 3) contents:
• December 2009 (Vol 1, No 4) contents:
(empty – because we were on holiday)
• March 2010 (Vol 2, No 1) contents:
• June 2010 (Vol 2, No 2) contents:

4 thoughts on “for your consideration: the journal of universal rejection”

    1. I still think there’s a greater need for The Journal of Negative Results (ask Jeremy, who, iirc, once presented his nothing-to-see-here findings either to or while he was at Pravda-on-the-Chuck), but this does fill a need.

      In the specific context, though, the Business Model needs to be tweaked into a “win-win” situation. Mr. Eammons should accept manuscript submissions with a sliding scale of fees–not page fees, but “response time delay” fees (something more elegant there, of course; “Verification Analysis” or some such) on a rising scale to accommodate those who need their submissions to be “Under Review” for an extended period of time.

      PayPal (or an Everbank account) would also ensure more rigourous statistics–journals are prestigious not only because they reject a large amount of papers, but ALSO because they often take A Long Time to do same. Covering costs and enhancing the reputation of the Journal for the Editor; Fleshing Out and Expanding the c.v. for the Potential Publicant.


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