You can also fire up your creative neurons by engaging in another creative activity. If you play a musical instrument, it’s time to serenade the neighborhood on your saxophone or clarinet. Sing at the top of your lungs. Draw. Knit. Bake a chocolate cake or make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for your roommates. Do the laundry. If you’re a gardener, get outside and plunge your hands into the moist earth. As you weed the arugula, your brain will be weeding out all those extraneous sentences that have crept into your paper. Whatever you are doing, keep your hands moving as you create something; you may suddenly have a breakthrough on how to write that strong, seductive introduction or that masterful conclusion.
These journals publish research that has been peer reviewed (that is, articles submitted for publication have been critiqued by other researchers, typically without knowing who wrote the article they are reviewing). An editor synthesizes the reviews and decides whether to publish the article, publish it after revisions, or reject it. Many leading journals publish fewer than one-third of the articles submitted. Even so, just because an article is peer reviewed does not mean that it is necessarily of the highest quality or that the results may be applied in every situation.