Sometimes, peer review (and procrastination) help. Other times, the delays generate more net work. I was discussing this workflow with a colleague regarding a paper that was submitted two-years ago, rejected, then we both ran out of steam. This was the gold-standard workflow we proposed (versus reformat and submit to another journal immediately).
- Hit web of science and check for new papers on topic.
- Download the pdfs.
- Read them.
- Think about what to cite or add.
- Add citations and rebuild biblio.
- Update writing to mention new citations especially if they are really relevant (intro and discussion).
- Take whatever pearls of wisdom you can from rejection in first place and revise ideas, plots, or stats.
- Format for new journal.
- Check requirements for that journal.
- Search the table of contents for the journal and check your lit cited to ensure you cite a few papers from that journal – if not, assess whether that the right journal for this contribution.
- Download pdfs from new journal, read, cite, and interpret.
- Then, look up referees and emails.
- Write cover letter.
- Set up account for that new and different annoying journal system – register and wait.
- Fight with system to submit and complete all the little boxes/fields.