Since August 22, I've waited, keeping track of the time, knowing that the decision should come around Thanksgiving time. You see, I'm in the middle of a "revise and resubmit" cycle. It started way back in late February with my second-ever submission to an academic journal.
|It's strange how exhilarating nerd work can be. When T woke up this |
morning, I couldn't wait to tell him about the theoretical construct I'd been
developing/slaving over the night before.
If I'm being honest, I'll admit praying about, fretting over and obsessing about this publishing process. Remember how I'm no good at patience? So when I saw that decision email last week, I held my breath, hoping. Scanning quickly through the lengthy preamble, I got to the editor's final decision: Revise and resubmit round two. This time, the language was a good deal more encouraging with the reviewers and editor recommending eventual publication provided I make good on the second round of suggestions.
|Nerd alert: She who writes hearts on her reviewer comments *might* |
be a dork of the highest degree.
One of the most challenging parts of revising is acknowledging every suggestion, incorporating as many of the requests/adjustments as possible, and justifying each choice. Sometimes (I've heard) one reviewer may make suggestions that are completely the opposite of another reviewer's, and authors are left to decide whether to make concessions for both camps, or side with one over the other. Yikes.
Luckily for me, the reviewers' suggestions were mostly synergistic. In fact, I found myself quite elated that in attending to one person's comment that I hadn't justified clearly why my context was unique, I was able to address another reviewer's note that my findings sections seemed disconnected. Further, I just about jumped for joy when I realized that the constellation of reviewer/editor comments helped me to develop an idea that was clear in my head but only implicit in the manuscript. Oh, the joys of nerdness!
I still have a bunch of work to do on the manuscript but I'm hopeful that the third submission will the charm. We shall see!