"I must inform you with regret that we cannot accept the paper for publication." That sentence in my email inbox this morning really cut to the bone. For the whole last year I've been working hard on a set of experiments. This was different from other experiments I've performed and papers I've written. This time it was a totally original idea that I came up with and I was really excited about our findings.
I guess I follow in the footsteps of one of my heroes, Dr. Henry Eyring, father of the apostle Henry B. Eyring, who in 1934 submitted a paper that radically challenged how chemists viewed kinetics of reactions.
Absolute Rate Theory" was published in 1935. The theory presented in that paper went on to revolutionize chemistry. It nearly won him the Nobel Prize (many say it was his outspoken defense of his faith that held him back). The Nobel Prize website admits that he should have won the prize but didn't because the Nobel Committee didn't understand his theory at the time.
As for me, I guess all I can do is frame this rejection letter and just keep going.