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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

An Angsting Thread About Angsting Threads

OK, now that I've submitted my brilliant article to several law reviews (editors:  it's called "The Right to Vote Under State Constitutions"--you can't miss it.  It's the one screaming "publish me" from the first page to the last), it's time to start the real fun:  angsting over whether the journals who have rejected others but have not yet rejected me are just about to hit "send" on their acceptance email to me.  

But this, predictably, has led to more angst:  how often should I check the angsting thread?  When I receive information from a journal, do I share it anonymously, post it under my real name, or withhold it altogether?  Why are commenters so evasive about their offers, and have I divulged too much?

And these questions present even more angsting opportunities.  Should I look at the law school hiring angsting thread, just in case someone mistakenly posts some law review info on that forum?  Now I'm angsting about whether I was too early in my submission, or too late, and whether I should pose that question on the thread.  Hold on -- I need to go check my spam folder in case that sought-after offer is sitting there. . . .

No luck.  

Oh look -- while writing this post three more people have contributed their angst about journals who have sent out rejects.  But I haven't received a rejection from those journals.  So I'm still in the running, right?  There sure are a lot of people named "anon" out there.  

Anyways, all of this angsting about my law review submission, and how I should use the angsting thread, has made me anxious.  Luckily, because I'm guest blogging this month I have this forum to angst publicly.  But many of you may not.  So feel free to use the comments section of this post to angst about the angsting threads.  

Oh, and law review editors?  It's called "The Right to Vote Under State Constitutions," and it's brilliant.  Trust me.  And don't worry, I'll respond as soon as you send me that offer.  That is, unless I'm too busy angsting.  

Posted by Josh Douglas on February 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM | Permalink

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So meta. Love it. And love the angsting. With my fantasy basketball team out of playoff contention and baseball still five weeks away, I need a webpage that I can keep open and just hit "refresh."

Posted by: More Angsting Please! | Feb 21, 2013 9:17:16 AM

I've been up all night trying to figure out whether I should post a response to this thread.

Posted by: anon | Feb 21, 2013 9:33:35 AM

You should be thankful that you live in similar time zones to that of the editors. Imagine the angst of having to sleep in the crucial hours when offers are usually made. If you observe the Sabbath it's even worse: 26 hours of no emails. Can you imagine the angst?

Posted by: IsraeliProf | Feb 25, 2013 12:22:40 PM

I spend most of my time going back and forth between my e-mail inbox and the angst thread. I need help.

Posted by: profanon | Feb 26, 2013 2:21:58 PM

Refresh [wait 2 minutes] Refresh [wait 2 minutes] Refresh . . .

Posted by: Early Feb | Feb 26, 2013 3:17:31 PM

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