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September 10, 2013
Great Papers That Have Been Rejected
A discussion in the lab brought up this topic: there have been, so everyone hears, famous papers in the sciences that were rejected by the first journals that they were submitted to. I believe, for example, that Dan Schectman faced a lot of opposition to getting his first quasicrystal work published (and he certainly got a lot, notably from Linus Pauling, after it came out). To pick one, the original Krebs cycle paper was turned down by Nature, which a later editor called the journal's biggest single mistake. Here are some famous examples from computer science and related mathematics (update: in a parody/spoof paper!) and here's a discussion from an economist on this topic in his own field - I believe that the original Black-Scholes option pricing model paper was turned down as well.
If anyone has more examples to add from chemistry, I'd be glad to highlight them. I have some more thoughts on the subject that I'll expand into another post later on. . .
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