Predictors of Manuscript Rejection sYndrome (MiSeRY): a cohort study
AuthorHan, H-C; Koshy, AN; Lin, T; Yudi, M; Clark, D; Teh, AW; Farouque, O
Source TitleMedical Journal of Australia
University of Melbourne Author/sFarouque, Hamid; Clark, David; Yudi, Matias Benjamin; Teh, Andrew; Han, Hui-Chen; Koshy, Anoop; LIN, TINA
AffiliationClinical School (Austin Health)
Medicine (Austin & Northern Health)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHan, H. -C., Koshy, A. N., Lin, T., Yudi, M., Clark, D., Teh, A. W. & Farouque, O. (2019). Predictors of Manuscript Rejection sYndrome (MiSeRY): a cohort study. MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 211 (11), pp.511-513. https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50414.
Access StatusOpen Access
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether specific factors predict the development of ManuScript Rejection sYndrome (MiSeRY) in academic physicians. DESIGN: Prospective pilot study; participants self-administered a questionnaire about full manuscript submissions (as first or senior author) rejected at least once during the past 5 years. SETTING: Single centre (tertiary institution). PARTICIPANTS: Eight academic physician-authors. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Duration of grief. MiSeRY was pre-specified as prolonged grief (grief duration longer than the population median). RESULTS: Eight participants provided data on 32 manuscripts with a total of 93 rejections (median, two rejections per manuscript; interquartile range [IQR], 1-3 rejections per manuscript). Median age at rejection was 37 years (IQR, 33-45 years); 86% of 80 rejections involved male authors (86%), 56 of the authors providing data about these rejections were first authors (60%). The median journal impact factor was 5.9 (IQR, 5.2-17). In 48 cases of rejection (52%), pre-submission expectations of success had been high, and in 54 cases (58%) the manuscripts had been sent for external review. Median grief duration was 3 hours (IQR, 1-24 h). Multivariate analysis indicated that higher pre-submission expectation (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 5.0; 95% CI, 1.5-18), first author status (aOR, 9.5; 95% CI, 1.1-77), and external review (aOR, 19.0; 95% CI 2.9-126) were independent predictors of MiSeRY. CONCLUSIONS: To help put authors out of their MiSeRY, journal editors could be more selective in the manuscripts they send for external review. Tempering pre-submission expectations and mastering the Coping and reLaxing Mechanisms (CaLM) of senior colleagues are important considerations for junior researchers.
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