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For science papers, twice is the charm

A bit of early rejection tends to pay off later, according to a new study that examines the fates of research papers initially turned down by scientific journals.

A large-scale survey of the process for submitting research papers to scientific journals has revealed a surprising pattern: manuscripts that were turned down by one journal and published in another received significantly more citations than those that were published by the first journal to receive them.

The study, led by researchers at McGill University and published by the journal Science, covered papers carried in 923 journals from the biological sciences between 2006 and 2008.

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