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P. R. Holland refuses to specify his criterion for publication in PLA


P. R. Holland (Editor to Physics Letters A) states that paper [2] does not satisfy the journals criterion of urgency (no criterion of urgency is available from PLA's website). However, fails to explain why the paper does not satisfy it and refuses to specify the criterion.

For details see full correspondence below
Subject:   PLA, Editor's decision: reject, Shahverdiyev, shervgi_20050324/1, Unification of Elelc... 
From:   phys.letters@green.ox.ac.uk 
Date:   Fri, April 8, 2005 6:46 pm 
To:   shervgi@physics.ab.az 
Dear Dr Shahverdiyev,

On 24-Mar-2005 you submitted a new paper number PLA_shervgi_20050324/1 to Physics Letters A entitled: 'Unification of Electromagnetism and Gravitation in the framework of General Geometry' We regret to inform you that your paper has not been accepted for publication. Comments from the editor are: I have read your paper with interest but regret that it is not suitable for publication in Physics Letters A as it does not satisfy our criterion of urgency. I suggest you submit your work to a regular journal.

Thank you for submitting your work to our journal.

Yours sincerely,

P.R. Holland Editor Physics Letters A
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Subject:   Re: PLA , Editor's decision: reject, Shahverdiyev, shervgi_20050324/1, Unification of Elelc... 
From:   Shervgi Shahverdiyev shervgi@physics.ab.az 
Date:   Sat, April 9, 2005 12:47 am 
To:   phys.letters@green.ox.ac.uk 
Dear Prof. P.R. Holland,

Can you please specify why the paper does not satisfy your criterion of urgency?

Sincerely yours,
S. Shahverdiyev.

 
Thu, 14 Apr 2005 12:53:15 -0700 (PDT) 
From: S. Shahverdiyev shervgis@yahoo.com   
Subject: change of e-mail address 
To: phys.letters@green.ox.ac.uk 

Dear Dr. P.R. Holland,

The server in our Institution is not functioning properly at this time. Temporarily, I can not check my e-mail. Please send any correspondence to this new e-mail address. (shervgis@yahoo.com) Let me remind you that I have not received an answer to my request yet. The request and your letter are included below.

Sincerely yours,
S. Shahverdiyev.

___________________________________________________

Can you please specify why the paper does not satisfy your criterion of urgency?

Sincerely yours,
S. Shahverdiyev

I have read your paper with interest but regret that it is not suitable for publication in Physics Letters A as it does not satisfy our criterion of urgency. I suggest you submit your work to a regular journal.

Thank you for submitting your work to our journal.

P.R. Holland.
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 16:23:19 -0700 (PDT) 
From: S. Shahverdiyev shervgis@yahoo.com    
Subject: address 
To: pla@elsevier.com, authorsupport@elsevier.com 
Hello,

I have submitted a paper to Phys. Lett. A to Dr. P. Holland. However, I have not received an answer to my request since 8 April 2005. Please let me know to whom should I address my request?

Sincerely yours, S. Shahverdiyev

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To: S. Shahverdiyev shervgis@yahoo.com
Subject: Elsevier Author Support - Your Query has been Received 
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 00:25:52 +0100 
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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 11:22:40 +0100 
Subject: Re: change of e-mail address 
From: Physics Letters A Oxford phys.letters@green.oxford.ac.uk
To: S. Shahverdiyev shervgis@yahoo.com
Dear Dr Shahverdiyev

Your article is not of the type that we publish. I can only suggest that you submit to a regular journal in gravitation.

Yours sincerely,

PR Holland
Physics Letters A
Green College
University of Oxford
Oxford OX2 6HG UK
phys.letters@green.ox.ac.uk
fax: +44 1865 274796

Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 10:51:54 -0700 (PDT) 
From: S. Shahverdiyev shervgis@yahoo.com    
Subject: Re: change of e-mail address 
To: Physics Letters A Oxford phys.letters@green.oxford.ac.uk 
Dear Dr Holland,

As you wrote in your previous letter, the article is not of type you publish because it does not satisfy your(Holland's) criterion of urgency. However, you has not specified yet why the paper does not satisfy your criterion of urgency.

Usually, those papers where already known results are obtained in a different way are not to be published urgently. The submitted paper is not of this type.

Moreover, in the description of Phys Lett A I did not find any criterion of urgency. It is stated that papers get published rapidly.

I appreciate the way of communicating when both sides understand each other unambiguously. The other ways of communicating are adverse to academic affairs. Therefore, please specify the reason(s) for not publishing the paper, clearly.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely yours,
S. Shahverdiyev.
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