Reasons for unsuccessful research submissions to JAAPA

Harrison Reed, Richard W. Dehn, Reamer L. Bushardt

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Objective:PA authors face many barriers to publication and may benefit from additional transparency in the editorial decision-making process. This study examined the most common reasons for rejection of original research submissions to JAAPA.Methods:Senior JAAPA editors conducted a thematic analysis of reviewer and editor comments and used these broad themes to classify the reasons for rejection of original research manuscripts submitted to JAAPA.Results:From October 2015 through December 2018, 77 research manuscripts were submitted to JAAPA. Fifty-six manuscripts were rejected, resulting in an overall rejection rate of 73.7%. Common reasons for rejection included: methodologic issues (55.4%), content outside the journal's scope (42.9%), poor writing quality (17.9%), guideline nonadherence (3.6%), lack of novelty (3.6%), and author(s) declining to revise the manuscript (1.8%).Conclusion:The most common reasons for manuscript rejection can be overcome through research planning and manuscript preparation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-56
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2022


  • Academic journals
  • Academic writing
  • Pa
  • Scholarship
  • Writing, research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting


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