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I have a question that I don't know where I can ask it and so I prefer to ask it here.

I submitted one of my paper in an ISI journal in september 2011 for possible accepting and publishing there. Also I needed my paper for defending from my thesis for PHD grade in my university. During this time, I asked the journal for the situation of my paper and they said me that your paper is on the review and referee does not answer. I thought that the referees was reviewing my paper and I was waiting for their comments or revised. BUT after more than two years (about 26 months), the journal answered to me with this sentences "By a QUICK view on your paper, it is not interested for our journal and so we reject your paper" I think this journal could answer earlier to me. Because unfortunately during this time I can not submit my paper in another journal and some authors published my results in another journals. So I want to complain from the journal. But I don't know how I can do this. Please help me. Thanks everyone

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you didn't post your results on arXiv? that would establish your priority without precluding publication. –  Carlo Beenakker Oct 22 '13 at 13:08
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I think this question is better asked at academia.stackexchange.com –  Joel Reyes Noche Oct 22 '13 at 13:20
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I would not waste any energy on this; post your paper on arXiv ASAP, resubmit to another journal, and consider this a learning experience. –  Carlo Beenakker Oct 22 '13 at 13:22
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Just put a comment in the introduction that at the time of writing you were not aware of other people having published results similar to yours and that your work has been carried out independently of theirs. –  Eckhard Oct 22 '13 at 13:38
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FWIW, the question appears to have been cross posted after @JoelReyesNoche made the comment. academia.stackexchange.com/questions/13590/… –  Willie Wong Oct 22 '13 at 15:28
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