More and more journals send out what we call ‘soft rejections’ (as seen here). Editors are under pressure to keep journal rejection rates as high as possible, so rather than send ‘revise after major revisions’ letters, authors get rejected but there is an ‘option to resubmit’. What to do? Do not get depressed or down. This is the same as receiving major revisions. If you can make all the changes the journal editor and reviewers are asking for then you still have a very good chance of eventual acceptance!
(Hint: Journals want to keep their rejection rates as high as possible as this makes them look more competitive and desirable as places for authors to publish their work).
Post by Gareth Dyke, Editor-in-Chief of Biosis: Biological Systems (Published by EAPG), and Historical Biology (Published by Taylor and Francis).