Thursday, January 27, 2011

Journal of Universal Rejection

This is absolutely fanTASTIC. I especially love the archives.
About the Journal

The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:

  * You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
  * There are no page-fees.
  * You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
  * The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
  * You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
  * Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.
PS: I'm really tempted to submit something, just to see what happens.

PPS: The other joke here is, "Q: We're in CS - what about the conference of universal rejection? A: Wasn't that last year's SIGGRAPH?" (Or CVPR? SIGCOMM? Not sure what the snobbiest conference is these days, people love to complain about all of them!)


  1. Nice! You may also be interested in Rejecta Mathematica ( Theoretical CS is within their scope of mathematical sciences if you have any papers to send along.

  2. sounds like the place you submit to the day before some sort of application (scholarship, job, grant etc) on the basis that "submitted" is always better than "in prep"...

  3. Anon 1 - Looks fun, thanks for the link!

    Anon 2- Not a bad plan... assuming your program officer / future employer has a sense of humor. (Which they almost would have to!)