Just Send It

For my professor friends.

Rose Ernst
1 min readApr 12, 2021


Here’s the loving nudge you might need today.

Just send it.

Stop checking the references.

The journal proofreader will take care of that.

Stop reworking the first or last paragraph.

The reviewers may tell you to change it. Don’t edit the life out of it.

Stop wondering who is going to read it. Or if it’s the right journal.

As we can see from world events, a green-eyed monster or a sweet unicorn could read it tomorrow. You cannot control that outcome.

Stop thinking it’s your last chance to change your ideas.

It’s not. There are plenty of opportunities to change course or to use your new ideas in a new article.

Just send it.

We need your voice of sanity right now.

Rose Ernst is an academic editor and writing consultant. Former tenured professor and chair of political science. Happy fiction author. Find her at roseernst.net. Sign up for her email list here.