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What does this mean?

May 2, 2006

All but one of my published journal articles have question marks in their titles.

How’d that happen? And what do I do with my current “revise and resubmit”?

Should I change the title to something without a question mark to stop the trend?

Or would that be just begging for some sort of cosmic retribution in the form of a rejection?

Or would elimating the question mark in the title increase its chances of eventual publication by balancing out my interrogative-declarative karma?

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.