Extreme rejection reply
As I started my last 100 days of editing JRSS B, I was reflecting on how few angry emails I got from rejecting papers. This may be in part due to our policy of strongly screening papers at the Editor’s level, as rejections then occur within a few days after submission. But extreme replies are bound to happen and, apart from “This is the most important paper since Bayes (1763)” sent quite a while ago about a philosophical paper and a twelve page explanation of all the points I had missed in a Monte Carlo paper, I got an angry reply last night, actuallly sent to me by mistake, that blamed my Bayesian bias as an Editor. (I think I have actually been harsher towards Bayesian submissions, for this very reason, and the number of Bayesian papers in Series B must have declined over the past years as a result.) Presumably because of my birthday (!), I coincidently received a second unhappy email from a rejected author.