Ross Street's groundbreaking paper on higher categorical descent and higher nerves
R. Street, The algebra of oriented simplexes, J. Pure Appl. Algebra 49 (1987) 283-335
has been first submitted to Topology, and Greame Segal has rejected it without review. Street has expected that Segal would appreciate the paper on higher categorical nerve, regarding the fundamental works of Segal on nerves and clasifying spaces published in Topology and Publ. IHES. But, curiously, Segal considered Street's work on higher nerves of little relevance to topology. Contemporary merger of homotopy theory and higher category theory in works of Joyal, Simpson, Lurie, Rezk, Cisinski, Jardine and others has of course proven Segal to be wrong in that statement.