Here’s a New One.
Well, friends, here’s a new one. My first research paper for MECMC was rejected by the first two journals I sent it to. Not surprising in either case. It was well reviewed both times, but at glam journals where the reviews need to be spectacular to have a chance. So I resubmitted to a well-respected second tier journal, in a field appropriate for the work. I settled on this journal after emailing a bunch of EICs asking if the topic was relevant to their journals. Most never responded, or responded saying that they don’t respond to such questions.
But this journal sent me back a nice reply from the EIC’s personal email address (stamped with that guarantee of authenticity “Sent from my iPhone”), saying that he would like to review the paper and to please submit it through the website. So I did. Fast forward a month, and today I got the review. Drumroll…
“Accept after Major Revisions.”
Um. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve seen “Accept with minor revisions.” I’ve seen “Revise and resubmit.” I’ve seen “Reject and resubmit.” I’ve seen “Major revisions.” I’ve seen “Reject.” (I’ve seen a lot of “Reject.”) But I’ve never seen any “Accept after Major Revisions.” I’ve never heard of it.
Now, the letter from the editor seems to suggest that this is a standard revise and resubmit. Please make the following revisions and we’ll reconsider it, you have one month. Comments from two reviewers, who had some thoughtful and serious things to say. So, I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful that the “Accept” part comes true, anyway. I think I can respond to the review.
Does anyone have any experience with this editorial decision?