A new study of the submission and citation history of 80,000 papers in 923 biological science journals.
Roughly three-quarters of all articles were initially targeted to the journal that would eventually publish them, indicating that authors were generally efficient at targeting their research and limiting the risk of rejection. Surprisingly, however, articles that were rejected by one journal and resubmitted to another were significantly more cited than “first-intent” articles published the same year in the same journal.
“We think the most likely explanation is that inputs from editors and peer reviewers, and the greater amount of time spent working on resubmissions, makes papers better and improves the citation impact of the final product”
If number of resubmissions are a guide to quality, my papers are better than I think.