Respectful Insolence

Best response to a journal rejection ever?

Every scientist has had manuscripts rejected by various journals, and most who submit to the really high impact journals like Nature or Science end up being rejected without review. Few, however, have the creativity or cojones to respond to such a rejection in such a creative and amusing manner.

Sadly, in the medical literature, there really are no structures in the body left that can be named in such a manner; there really isn’t a way I could respond to a rejection in quite the same manner. I’ll have to think of something different the next time it happens.

Comments

  1. #1 BB
    August 20, 2008

    I don’t know about you but I detected a subtle threat to Dr. Gee in there. Translate the genus of the one and say out loud the genus of the other and therein lies the threat. Or I could be reading to much into it.

    BB, who raises exotic plants but none so striking or odoriferous

  2. #2 PhysioProf
    August 20, 2008

    I didn’t think it was really very funny at all. It just seemed like a failed attempt at humor.

  3. #3 Melissa G
    August 20, 2008

    I am so impressed that the unnamed botanist– dare I say it???– erected such a fine comeback!

  4. #4 genewitch
    August 20, 2008

    i thought it was funny, and better thought out than “you suck”

    Having a plant named in your honor (haha diclis, though. seriously?) would be cool.

    Although, Gary Larson has a dust mite named after him, which isn’t as cool as a giant penisplant.

  5. #5 Rogue Epidemiologist
    August 20, 2008

    Well, if you’re a mycologist, there plenty of species that are yet to be discovered in genera Phallus and Coprinus. Name one after someone you (don’t) love. IIRC, there are two species of dung beetle named bushi and cheneyi.

  6. #6 Samantha Vimes
    August 21, 2008

    Hey, that was bizarre enough to be funny. It’s not a threat, it’s “What would you rather be immortalized as: a big dick or a dickless wonder?” Playground insults taken to a grad school level.
    I only hope one day to edit scientific journals so some ornithologist can name a booby or tit after me.

  7. #7 DLC
    August 21, 2008

    Hmm.. having a plant named after you… for rejecting someone’s paper. He should reject more papers!