Dual Submissions

Publication Practices

Discussion of the Problem

A newly minted Ph.D. has taken up a position at a government laboratory. His early work has been extremely successful, and on the suggestion of his group leader, he put together a manuscript describing their joint work, and submit it for publication in a high-impact journal. The young scientist was the submitting author.

Some weeks later his supervisor came to him and told him to submit the same manuscript to a specialized journal where the time to publication might be a lot shorter, and the potential refereeing gauntlet would likely be less of a hassle. The supervisor suggested that they could withdraw their manuscript from the extra journal if the other accepted it sooner.


  • What should the young scientist do?
  • If the scientist follows his supervisor's advice, what should the editors do?

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