I am more than halfway done (completed more than 3 years) with my PhD program but recently have encountered a major issue with my research. Two research papers that I had written which basically contain most of the research that is in my thesis have been rejected by three journals with a high impact factor that I sent them to. I was absolutely crushed when I received these repeated rejections!!
I don’t know what to do now since my supervisor had told me to publish at least five papers based on my research before he will approve my thesis. Also, I’m very worried that he won’t give me good internal marks and schedule a defence for my thesis, if I don’t publish at least these many research papers. Time is running out and I’m worried that the timeline of my study will get extended indefinitely if no journal accepts my research papers. I want to avoid that under any circumstances, I don’t think I could bear it if that happens!
Please help me out with this situation that I’m in, my GP has recently diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder and I have started taking anti-depressants because of all the stress this is giving me. I hate the fact that this PhD is screwing up health! Especially with all these years that I’ve already invested in it, I have begun to question what all that time was for??
You do seem pretty stressed, don’t worry so much you should practice some meditation and other mindfulness techniques. Like you said, your PhD is not worth damaging your health for. I would like to ask you whether or not you made the suggestions and improvements that you received in the rejection letters you received from the journals that you sent the papers to. Because there is no point in sending the papers to more journals if the existing problems in the paper haven’t been addressed because you’ll only be accumulating rejection letters on your table then.