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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Brevity

I had an article rejected two days ago because it was too short at barely above 5,000 words. I felt it made a cohesive, relevant argument, but the journal disagreed, thinking I should flesh out the paper. I am viewing this as an opportunity to publish an even better article. It won't take me long and there are a few points I could expand on and publish in a different journal, an article of about 7,500 words.

I am realizing now, also, that this was a conference paper. That is the risk if you only go half way in expanding a paper into its article version.

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