:))) Remember this??
So more than a month after we submitted, the reviews came back. While some very legitimate points were raised, some of the issues were so idiosyncratic. But the boss said I couldn't write that in my rebuttal, so I'm saying it here instead. ;) In my rebuttal, I conceded to some of the reviewers' points, re-clarified some of my points, and vehemently stood by some of my points with more data and references to boost them. Had to do some more weeks of analyses to convert what was a reasonable assumption (which reviewer #2 wouldn't buy) into a table and a statement with data to back it. All this had to be juggled with my own globe-trotting boss and an elusive collaborator on sabbatical. Not fun at all. At some points, I began to not care if this paper ever saw the light of the day. It had just been dragging for too long.
Anyways, I finally sent the revised version off, with a statement "thanking the reviewers for their comments which greatly improved the quality of the manuscript" - and I must admit, the few idiosyncracies aside, they did. The journal's online system kept showing my manuscript's status as "with reviewers" for over a month...and I was getting tired of checking. Finally today, the good news " Dear TGFI, we are delighted to accept your manuscript for publication" sitting, in my junk mail folder! Hah! I am SO happy. Wrote to my boss and she promptly announced a lab-lunch to celebrate her first student's first first-author paper. :-)
Happy times are here again. Drinks for all on the house, there's also some OJ and Horlicks for the underage. And thank-you all for the patient ear to my record-breaking rant.
YayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. Graduation seems that much more attainable now, and I can't wait for the proofs to see my name in print. :-)
Can't wait for one of my only two friends here to get back into town so that I can go out and render myself incapable of driving. ;)