100 rejections

My collague, who sees my suffering through the application marathon every day, said that she once heard or read that everyone in academia should aim at one hundred rejections. I am such a fan of this!

It makes the whole miserable “Will they accept my paper?” into something that only knows winners and, as a side effect, makes for a nice milestone. If I ever reach the 100 rejections benchmark, and if at that point there is no tenure in sight, why not give up? 100 rejections means having really tried.


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