Q: What to do if I have got a "Revise and resubmit" decision but do not want to resubmit?
Hi, my manuscript is reviewed and the editor sends decision letter to me that the paper is not accepted for publication at this time but you can resubmit again after I correct the reviewer comments and after correction, the manuscript will enter under review again. I found on the journal site rejection with the resubmission. The reviewers report several difficult comments and I do not accept them and I do not want to compete with this journal, what can I do? I can submit my manuscript to another journal or I must withdraw it first from this journal. Thank you
Since the journal has given you a rejection decision, I don't think you need to withdraw your paper. You can submit it directly to another journal. However, just to be on the safe side, it would be a good idea to send an email to the journal editor saying that you do not wish to resubmit your paper to the journal. You are then free to submit it elsewhere.