FemaleScienceProfessor, who always blogs about cool things, has a question about journal choice. Namely, what do you with an article that could be published in a major journal but might not be?
Is this worse if you are an early career scientist who needs to get their work out their to establish productivity?
I have actually had this happen where a paper got mostly positive reviews, a major revision and then an ultimate rejection. The process took a very long time and the final dismissal was a single sentance. It's was a nasty enough experience that it actually makes me reluctant to return to that journal again.
Would I do it again? Maybe . . . After that, I dramatically undershot the next choice of journal for a potentially controversial paper. This was also a major mistake. The hardest cases are alwasy going to be the borderline ones. Long review times and ambiguous options to resubmit are always a bad outcome, no matter how I look at it.
But I wish I had a better feel for what the risk/benefit trade-off really was . . .