10 seconds of happiness

Yesterday, I received my first Christmas present: I got one of my papers accepted for publication.

If you remember, I started to work on that new manuscript last March and that work was slightly out of my comfort zone. The manuscript was submitted in May, but was quickly (well really quickly) rejected by the editor of the targeted journal. Eight days later, we decided to submit our paper to a clinically oriented journal with a high impact factor:

May 20th, 2011: Initial submission

June 18th, 2011: Answer from the journal:

Dear Dr Brassard,

We regret to inform you that your manuscript entitled “XYZ” was not accepted for publication into HIGH IMPACT FACTOR JOURNAL in its present form. Reviews are attached for your consideration, which I hope will be helpful to you in future studies. The reviewers identify serious concerns regarding your manuscript. If you choose to revise your work and resubmit it, you must effectively respond to these criticisms. Any revised material should be submitted with a letter specifically detailing your responses and any changes in the manuscript.

And importantly:

Please understand that we cannot provide you any commitment to publish your work. Experience has shown that only a small number of papers assigned this priority upon initial submission and review are eventually published in HIGH IMPACT FACTOR JOURNAL.

October 31st, 2011: Second submission

December 3rd, 2011: Answer from the journal:

Dear Dr Brassard,

Your revised manuscript entitled “XYZ” that you submitted for consideration in HIGH IMPACT FACTOR JOURNAL needs additional revision.

We are interested in publishing your manuscript; however, two reviewers continue to have significant concerns with your revised manuscript. Before the paper can be accepted in its final form we would like your comments to the critiques. Accordingly, we invite you to respond to the reviewers’ comments and recommendations. A decision on acceptability of your manuscript will be made only after the revised version has been reevaluated.

December 5th, 2011: Third submission

December 18th, 2011: Answer from the journal

Dear Dr Brassard,

We are pleased to inform you that your work has now been accepted for publication in HIGH IMPACT FACTOR JOURNAL. All manuscript materials will be forwarded immediately to the production staff for placement in an upcoming issue.

Thank you for submitting your interesting and important work to the journal.

What a feeling !! Below is a small post from my former blog (with minor changes) that is still relevant in light of yesterday’s email :

I still remember that day, in 2005, at the end of my master’s degree studies, when I received that noticed by email:

I am pleased to inform you that your manuscript xxxx-x-xxxx.R1 entitled “A small pilot study with interesting results” has been accepted for publication in the MEDIUM IMPACT JOURNAL. It will appear in the next available issue.
Thank you for submitting your excellent article to the MEDIUM IMPACT JOURNAL.

MY FIRST PAPER WAS ACCEPTED… after one year and 4 submissions…I found myself dancing in my apartment…well, this I would like to forget 🙂  Anyways, the next day, when I told my new PhD supervisor the good news, he was as excited as me. And the first thing he told me was:

Well, that is nice. Enjoy it for 10 seconds and then, there is another research project to work on.

As soon as I receive a similar email, I think about that sentence. And even today, after over 6 years since that first publication and twenty-seven published manuscripts, I still feel really excited with such good news (but I’ve stopped dancing…).

These 10 seconds are just pure happiness.

Does that feeling vanish over the years?? I hope not !!

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