“Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking cross the floor; put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking out that door.” – Abominable Snow Monster, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

“You never will get where you’re going if you never get up on your feet.”  If you are planning to publish, then you are also planning to have others read your work. The only option, therefore, is to “LET IT GO.” (Use the coping/adaptive phrase that works for you; examples are: “Put one foot in front of the other,” “Just Do It,” “Baby Steps”). And Yoda adds insight:

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” – Yoda, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Allow the world to read your paper.  And yes, “world” includes reviewers of the journal to which you have submitted your manuscript; know that, there will likely be changes to make.

  • In the “traditional” peer review system, some people will think your ideas are great, some will be indifferent, others will disagree entirely with the rationale for and methods of your work, and others yet will tirelessly try to convince you that everything you wrote was a complete waste of time.  This system is getting a major overhaul with the Cureus peer review process in which reviewers can no longer “kill” a paper, but rather are incented to help the author publish their best work.  Why? Because reviewers are also rated.
  • If you can spark a debate, consider it a major feat!  Copernicus was fearful to publish his heliocentric theory for fear of criticism from the masses supporting Aristotelian physics and Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the universe.  Grateful we are that he let go of the fear to publish and allowed the world to debate and ultimately learn! Is that not the goal of an academician? Not only to learn but also to allow others to learn in the process.
  • And grateful we are that Cureus is providing a platform for research to be unleashed rapidly and globally, without the associated fear which causes many scientists to remain in “freeze” mode way too long.

Why spend so much time wondering in advance, and trying to “fix” in advance?  Find out what the reviewers have to say AFTER you submit.

Keep reading… Episode II, Part 2

Questions? Comments? Email: rachel.pollock@cureus.com