Q: Should I still submit to the journal after being turned down in the presubmission inquiry?

Detailed Question -

In a presubmission inquiry, the editorial manager gently turned me down from submitting my manuscript. In spite of that, should I submit the manuscript through their online platform?

1 Answer to this question

Sorry to know that this journal turned down your manuscript at the presubmission inquiry stage itself. But in a way, that’s a good thing. You save time compared with submitting on the platform and then meeting with a desk rejection there. With the time you have saved, you can make presubmission inquiries with other journals, and hopefully, eventually submit to one that is interested in your manuscript.

So, to answer your question, no, you should simply save the effort and move on. Also note that if you decide to submit and they eventually reject, your manuscript will be ‘stuck’ with them for some period of time, say, at least two weeks, during which time, you can’t submit anywhere else. So, the practical thing to do is to try with some other journal(s). In fact, you did a wise thing by making a presubmission inquiry first, and you should continue this strategy with other journals. :-)

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All the best for the next inquiries and submissions!