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How to describe this situation with one sentence:

My friend and I submitted our paper to A and B journals, respectively. But unfortunately, both papers got rejected by the respective journal. Then, my friend and I resubmitted our paper to B and A journals, respectively. This time, both papers got accepted.

One sentence summary: Our papers got accepted by the journal that rejected ...??

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    "Our papers were both rejected by different journals, but when each of us tried the other journal, both were accepted." – Kate Bunting Jun 26 at 12:29
  • thank you, but it seems lost the information that the 'other journal' is the one I/my friend tried and failed before – Elizabeth Jun 26 at 12:33
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    Each of our papers was [subsequently] accepted by the journal that had previously rejected the other's [paper]. Or perhaps better, Both of our papers were... – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 26 at 12:34
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    OK. It seemed clear to me that each tried the other means not the one that had previously rejected us. – Kate Bunting Jun 26 at 12:38
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My friend and I submitted our paper to A and B journals, respectively. But unfortunately, both papers got rejected by the respective journal. Then, my friend and I resubmitted our paper to B and A journals, respectively. This time, both papers got accepted.

You could re-write this in one sentence as either:

Papers submitted by my friend and me to two different journals respectively were rejected, but when we each submitted to the corresponding journal, both were accepted.

or, more succinctly, but reliant on a good understanding of the situation:

Our papers were accepted by the journals that previously rejected the other person's.

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  • By my friend and me, surely? (We wouldn't say by I.) – Kate Bunting Jun 26 at 14:03
  • @KateBunting Yeah, I was being extra polite. – Astralbee Jun 26 at 14:04

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