Title

Reasons for unsuccessful research submissions to JAAPA

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1-2022

Journal

JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Volume

35

Issue

5

DOI

10.1097/01.JAA.0000824948.31791.0b

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: PA authors face many barriers to publication and may benefit from additional transparency in the editorial decision-making process. This study examined the most common reasons for rejection of original research submissions to JAAPA. METHODS: Senior JAAPA editors conducted a thematic analysis of reviewer and editor comments and used these broad themes to classify the reasons for rejection of original research manuscripts submitted to JAAPA. RESULTS: From October 2015 through December 2018, 77 research manuscripts were submitted to JAAPA. Fifty-six manuscripts were rejected, resulting in an overall rejection rate of 73.7%. Common reasons for rejection included: methodologic issues (55.4%), content outside the journal's scope (42.9%), poor writing quality (17.9%), guideline nonadherence (3.6%), lack of novelty (3.6%), and author(s) declining to revise the manuscript (1.8%). CONCLUSION: The most common reasons for manuscript rejection can be overcome through research planning and manuscript preparation.

Department

Physician Assistant Studies

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