Updated: Getting Rejected at the Journal of Universal Rejection

I have some academic friends for whom the Journal of Universal Rejection will be blackly amusing:

About the Journal

The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:

  • You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
  • There are no page-fees.
  • You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
  • The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
  • You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
  • Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.

I’m particularly fond of the third bullet above.

[Update] Just because I know readers of this site would expect no less, I went ahead and submitted a pre-submission to the journal tonight. I promised I would submit an actual paper to get it rejected if had to, but if they would reject it in anticipation of its eventual receipt I noted that would save me time. The response came back quickly and with a satisfying rejection:


Thank you for your titleless pre-textual submission to the Journal of Universal Rejection.  I have imagined what your submission might have been and found it unworthy of publication in our prestigious journal.  Try not to feel too sad about this rejection.

Best regards,


Caleb Emmons, PhD
Journal of Universal Rejection