In the world of academia I have grown accustomed to obstacles and delays. At times the obstacles and delays are in place to protect standards, promote fairness, or encourage excellence. Other times the obstacles and delays are just bureaucracy, politics, or turf wars. I’ve noticed that my patience with obstacles and delays is dependent on my perception of their cause.
When it comes to scientific writing I think most of the obstacles and delays are warranted. I’ve found the review process to be beneficial. I take care to conform a manuscript to the prescribed style guide. I understand that peer review takes time, so I wait patiently.
This summer I had a manuscript accepted pending revisions, and I fully expected further revisions to be requested when I re-submitted the manuscript. Yesterday I submitted the revision. Today I received notice that it was accepted for publication. I was pleasantly surprised.
I felt like Hassan, walking up to a door and trying sesame first.