Common Rejection Reasons

AJGR Acceptance Rate Your manuscript can be rejected for many reasons but these can generally be divided into editorial and technical reasons. As on March 2023, the overall acceptance rate of this journal was only 4%. A detailed analysis shows that the rejection of many submissions could be avoided if the authors prepared the manuscript a little more carefully. Here I am providing a few very common rejection reasons so that the author could prepare the manuscript accordingly and minimize the manuscript rejections.

1. Ignoring Submission Requirements

Advanced Journal of Graduate Research is a specific journal with well-defined requirements for submission, ignoring these requirements will lead to the desk rejection of the submitted manuscript. This can be easily avoided by the authors and save their own precious time as well as editorial resources. The authors shall decide to submit here only if the following 4 requirements are fully met-

1.1 Scope of the Submission

This journal considers articles on the topic of natural and applied sciences only that may include insightful scientific articles from Life Sciences; Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Materials Science; Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Scientific aspects of the Environmental and Earth Sciences, Medicine, and Pharmacology, Clinical Aspects of  Public Health and Healthcare, etc. 

Articles that are based on the economic, sociological, and educational aspects of the topic are not considered in this journal. Articles on such topics may be submitted to our other journal "Advanced Journal of Social Science" by adhering to the author guidelines of AJSS.

1.2 Recent Work

The research work must be carried out by the Bachelor/Master's degree students within the last 2 semesters/years as part of the academic requirement. The article is original, plagiarism-free, and not submitted simultaneously to any other journal, Also the author shall not submit it to other journals until the article is under consideration by AJGR.

1.3 Mentored Work

The article submitted to this journal must be written under the supervision of an officially assigned mentor (by the department) and the mentor (supervisor) shall be included as a co-author of the manuscript.

1.4 Complete Author's Detail

Complete details of each student and mentor shall be added just before the abstract section in the same format as described in the author guidelines of this journal. Additionally, each author (students as well as supervisors) shall be added as a contributor in the online submission system (step 3) with correct details. The submission may get rejected if the authors in the manuscript do not match the authors added in the online submission system. 

2. Ignoring Formatting Requirements

The author shall carefully format the manuscript adhering to the author guidelines of this journal. The manuscript should be in MS WORD (or LaTeX) file format with a single-column layout. Do not submit in PDF or other file formats as it will get rejected.

Further, the manuscript shall be written in a standard journal article format. Kindly note that the Thesis and Journal article are two different things, you may refer to the Thesis vs. Journal article for more detail. If you don't write the manuscript in a proper journal article style, it will be rejected as we don't consider the Thesis in this journal.

3. Inappropriate or low-quality Writing

Here are a few common writing errors authors do that can be easily avoided-

3.1 Literature Review

Many authors write one paragraph per reference literature review, it is more looks like summarizing each paper that the author reviewed, which is inappropriate. The purpose of literature review writing is not to summarize each reviewed article, but to focus on the contributions of the reviewed literature to the understanding of your research question and identify any gaps that your own research aims to address.

 While writing the literature review, organize your paragraphs based on specific themes or concepts by ensuring a logical progression of ideas in accordance with the objective of your article. In the body paragraphs, present the main findings, arguments, and concepts derived from the literature and ensure proper in-text citations to support them. Synthesize the information by comparing different studies, and highlighting areas of consensus or disagreement. Highlight the contributions of the reviewed literature to the understanding of your research question and identify any gaps that your own research aims to address. Remember to maintain an objective tone throughout the literature review.

3.2 Use of AI Writing Tools

The author should not submit papers solely written by generative AI or AI-assisted writing tools (such as ChatGPT, Google Bard, etc.). The author can use such AI writing tools only to improve the readability and language of the research article.

Applying AI-based tools in manuscript writing should be done with human oversight and control and authors should carefully review and edit word by word before submission because AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete, or biased. The authors are ultimately responsible and accountable for the contents of the work.

Authors should not list AI and AI-assisted writing tools as an author or co-authors, nor cite AI as a reference. However, the authors should disclose the use of AI-based writing tools (under the declarations section) and a statement will appear in the published work.