How to Avoid Desk-Rejection: The First Four Minutes

How to Avoid Desk-Rejection: The First Four Minutes

As an Emerald journal editor-in-chief, I will share some tricks and tips with you to avoid desk-rejection!

Course Description

Desk-rejection means your manuscript is rejected by a journal without being sent out for review. This means not only you have to try your luck at another journal, but also you may receive preciously little advice on how to improve your chances. More than half of all submissions to journals are rejected by editors immediately “desk rejected”, without even being sent for review. The desk-rejection rate is even higher in top-tier journals as high as 80%. Thus, desk-rejection has become one of the biggest barriers to get your paper published. In this online course, as the editor-in-chief of one an Emerald journal (Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration), I’ll share some tricks and tips with you to hopefully avoid desk-rejection in the future.


Learning Outcomes

After completing this online course, you will be able to

  • Understand journals’ review process
  • Identify common reasons for desk-rejection
  • Improve your manuscript to avoid desk-rejection


Skills You Will Learn

Preparing your manuscript, publication, journal articles, formatting, review process, research contribution, manuscript management system, research topic, theoretical contribution, practical contribution, literature review, methodological issues, how to report results, publication bias.



AP Dr Saeed Pahlevansharif


Associate Professor Dr Saeed Pahlevan Sharif

I’m Saeed. I’m currently the Director of Centre for Industrial Revolution and Innovation (CIR4I), Taylor’s University, Malaysia. I serve as the editor-in-chief for Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, Taylor’s Business Review, and Homo economicus. I’ve conducted various workshops on research and publication-related topics. I also have published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. I’ve received several research awards, among them are Taylor’s University Vice Chancellor’s Research Award and the Iranian Embassy Research Medallist Award in 2017. I have a passion for teaching too. I received Superhero Award 2018 for integrating technology in classroom and recently I was awarded the gold medal of EMAS award for innovation in teaching and learning in 2020. I’ve helped many students and researchers to publish their papers in top-tier journals. In this course, I’ll share my experience as a journal editor with you. More specifically, you’ll find lots of explanations and good materials to understand why papers get desk-rejected. Hopefully, after completing this online course, you will be able to pass the desk-rejection stage in the future. Enjoy the course!

Download the Slides (The 1st 4 Minutes)
Review Process
7 minutes
Format, scope, and language
18 minutes
Topic, contribution, and some points about different sections of your manuscript
19 minutes
Test your knowledge about desk-rejection!
6 questions
Reading materials
1 hour
This online course is suitable for all Postgrad students and researchers who are interested to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Yes! After completing this online course, you easily can download your certificate.
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How to Avoid Desk-Rejection: The First Four Minutes