"No strong dramatic situations"

Nov 26 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

If, like me, you are a general lover of old things, then I presume you already know about Retronaut, a superb online collection of photos and other media from decades past. Seriously, you could get lost in there for hours. Today I happened upon this gem, a screenplay rejection form letter from an early 20th century movie studio in Chicago.

So many of these are not so far off from scientific manuscript rejections, that I had to chuckle at the idea of today's journals sending out a similar checklist. Wouldn't that make it so much easier? Just eliminate all harrowing death bed scenes from your paper, and you're golden!

9 responses so far

  • odyssey says:

    Huh. I rejected a manuscript a week or so ago for having too much 17. Sadly 10 is not generally employed.

  • Jody Plank says:

    I work at Rubriq, a company that is actually implementing this type of approach. We have developed a scorecard that reviewers use to evaluate and quantitate a manuscript for its quality of research, quality of presentation, and its novelty & interest. Our scorecard differs in that it (along with reviewer comments) merely reports the state of the manuscript and leaves the accept/reject decision to the journal editors that use it. It pretty interesting to see that this type of idea was used so long ago!

  • DJMH says:

    You need to translate that into Science. I think "Not enough action" equates to "Descriptive, need to see a manipulation."

  • Does anyone know what "overstocked" means in this context? Just that they already have too many similar manuscripts? I'm not sure exactly how that would be different from #5 and #11 (nor how #5 is different from #11, actually). I couldn't find any film industry-specific definitions on Google, either...

  • Dr. Koshary says:

    A rejection form like this would almost make it worthwhile to have a journal article rejected. Almost.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    But the harrowing deathbed scene MAKES the manuscript!

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