Try Again

Before I left my last job, I wrote a paper on ways to track and measure engagement within a field trial of an internet-based health behavior intervention. I dedicated a lot of time to the paper and submitted it to a journal that ultimately rejected it. I tried maybe one or two other journals, unsuccessfully, until I eventually left the job.

A couple months ago, almost a year into my “new” job, I got an email from someone on my former study team saying that they submitted my paper to yet another journal, and got a revise and resubmit! I was thrilled with the news.

They also wanted me to spearhead the effort.

I was torn about what to do. On one hand, I’m the lead author, and it’s my responsibility (right?). And I’ve only ever been co-author on papers (hello, ego!). And I spent a great deal of time and effort on the study, the analysis, and the paper. On the other hand, I don’t work there anymore. And it’s not my job to report the findings or jump through the myriad hoops publishers put you through just to have a chance. And I’m busy with my new job . Like, really busy.

But here’s the thing: out of everything I did while working on that study, the field trial is the thing I’m most proud of. And I do think the paper could contribute to the field and help other researchers as they create internet-based interventions.

So, I did it. I worked a few nights and weekends to coordinate, revise, and finally resubmit the paper. The trip down memory lane was nice, and I was even able to apply some knowledge gained during my hiatus to the revised manuscript (I’m obviously older and wiser than when I first wrote the paper).

Getting published isn’t a guarantee, but my chances are better than they were before. At least I won’t regret trying (again).

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2 Responses to Try Again

  1. Luciano says:

    if my understanding is correct internet interventions with respect to human needs at crisis points is a phenomenal concept with a high degree of positive results if administrated correctly.

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  2. Pingback: Try Again…and Succeed | Nina Baltierra

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