I read the reviewers’ comments again. ‘Wow, I’m never, ever going to get published’, was my immediate thought. Thankfully, though, I had the wise counsel of two senior colleagues to put the reviewers’ comments into context and understand that such comments were not uncommon. Rejection is, unfortunately, part of academic life. This experience was based on submitting a jointly authored paper, drawn largely from my doctoral research, to a high-quality journal and getting a very clear rejection. Now as an editor of a journal, Employee Relations, my philosophy is very much driven by these formative experiences of being a young researcher getting a brutal rejection. In that sense I am pleased to be in a position of editing a journal that has a publicly stated aim of offering an accessible, though rigorously assessed, platform for early career research.
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