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The Paper Rejection Repository

Nobody likes to receive a letter from the editor of your favorite journal letting you know that your paper was rejected. Some journals have begun including reviewers’ comments with accepted papers to make the views of experts available to the reader. However, often the paper has been submitted to several journals and rejected before it is finally accepted. The rejection letters and comments are equally useful in helping to judge what kind of papers might be acceptable to a journal, and what kind of comments lead to rejections. Rather than hiding these low points in the trajectory of a scientific paper, this forum offers a place to publish these letters and comments to educate others.

If you would like to post your own rejection letters and comments, please log in (register on the page first), click on ‘Upload rejection’, fill in details requested on the form and attach a PDF containing all the material you would like to share. If you cannot answer the questions posed by the captcha on the registration page, please email Nikolaus Grigorieff for help.

Please remove any information that might be regarded as confidential and post only rejections of papers that were ultimately accepted by a journal.

For some background on this repository, please read our blog post on The repository was also highlighted in posts on Science Careers and The Scientist.


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Posted On Titlesort icon Rejected By Ultimately Published In
14 Dec 2010 Atomic model of an infectious rotavirus particle Science 2011, EMBO J. 30:408-416 @
29 Jul 2010 Aβ(1-40) Fibril Polymorphism Implies Diverse Interaction Patterns in Amyloid Fibrils EMBO J, PLoS, JBC, JACS 2009, J. Mol. Biol. 386:869–877 @
28 Jul 2010 Conformational changes in the C terminus of Shaker K+ channel bound to the rat Kvβ2-subunit EMBO J 2003, PNAS 100:12607–12612 @
1 Jul 2016 Cryo-EM reveals the steric zipper structure of a light chain-derived amyloid fibril Nature Comm, Nature Chem, eLife 2016, PNAS 113:6200–6205 @
14 Sep 2012 Cryoelectron tomography reveals doublet-specific structures and unique interactions in the I1 dynein J. Cell Biol. 2012, PNAS 109:E2067-76 @
28 Jul 2010 Ito Channels Are Octomeric Complexes with Four Subunits of Each Kv4.2 and K+ Channel-interacting Protein 2 Nature Neuroscience 2004, J. Biol. Chem. 279:5549–5554 @
28 Jul 2010 Molecular interactions in rotavirus assembly and uncoating seen by high-resolution cryo-EM Science 2009, PNAS 106:10644–10648 @
31 Aug 2012 Movies of ice-embedded particles enhance resolution in electron cryo-microscopy PNAS, Nature Methods 2012, Structure 20:1823–1828 @
22 Jul 2010 Near-atomic resolution using electron cryomicroscopy and single-particle reconstruction Nature 2008, PNAS 105, 1867–1872 @
2 Mar 2012 Nucleotide excision repair (NER) machinery recruitment by the transcription-repair coupling factor involves unmasking of a conserved intramolecular interface NSMB, Mol. Cell 2012, PNAS 109:3353–3358 @