I submitted my 1st journal article…and now I can’t sleep

sleep thief

What’s my most recent realisation?

Eh, I am hopeless at waiting.

Until a few months ago, I would have described myself as reasonably patient. But over the past few weeks, I have needed to physically and manually distract myself almost daily from worrying about the journal paper I have submitted to the Industrial Marketing Management journal. The paper is based on research during my MBA at Henley Business School in 2012 and focuses on the change management process in business-to-business social media. The paper is co-authored with David Rees, Visiting Executive Fellow at Henley. If you are wondering why I’m writing a journal paper, see this post.

write or be written off

There is nothing I can do but own up: I am chronically impatient. I know there’s no point losing sleep over it (but that hasn’t stopped me going sleep bankrupted). Whatever the feedback from the journal editors, it will be valuable and enable me improve my writing skills. It’s just that it’s taking a while for this truth to sink in. The hyper-competition in the academic ‘publish or perish’ world suggests that if I have half a brain, I should prepare for total annihilation.

It doesn’t help that I checked out typical review times for peer-reviewed academic journals and found that it could take up to 6 months before I hear back. If accepted, it can take up to 2 years before the article is published.

Ohhh. Myyy. Worrrd. I am going to have to put it out of my mind…for now.

Wish me luck.

Images from flickr users: David Bleasdale – Sleep Thief (yawn); Djuliet – write or be written off 


  1. Ogee Effiom says:

    Hey girl!
    I wrote a technical paper for publishing in a geophysics journal (bear in mind I’m NOT a geophysicist!). It will be published this year. It took over 6 months and several rounds of stressful reviews but I’m so so proud of the final product! I’ve always written technical papers each year, my goal is to win best paper for SPE or NAPE (I’m not there yet…); but the journal article being an international publication is my finest work yet!

    Bottom line is that it will be stressful but you will enjoy seeing yourself grow and the final product will be as precious as a third child!

    And one more thing, you can reject feedback! There were suggestions I was given that were contradictory (cos several people review it) so I would follow one advice and reject another one by saying its out of scope or proprietary. So don’t feel under pressure to accept every bit of advice given. I know they mean well…..but still!


    Sent from my iPad


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    • Thanks for the encouragement, Ogee. It’s crazy how long these things take and you’re right! I can’t take every advice that’s thrown at me. I need to be selective. Take some, bin the rest. Well done your paper being published soon – fantastic! 🙂


  2. If the paper is desk-rejected (i.e., not deemed good enough to enter the review process) you will hear it sooner than if it goes ahead – maybe in 1month. So, put it this way: no news is good news 😉

    PS – It took me 5 months to hear from a submission that I made to that journal (though, not that SI, of course). So… a long wait, indeed.

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  3. you are definitely out of my scope…with this writing project…but, I so hope you hear sooner than later…and that it’s the best news!

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