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Is it true that first time RSA algorithm was rejected by a journal?

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What research have you done? Where did you hear this? Are you thinking of Merkle's puzzles? – D.W. Aug 27 '14 at 17:56
For what D.W. refers to, see Ralph Merkle's own account – fgrieu Aug 27 '14 at 21:46
I see from this site: – user15864 Aug 28 '14 at 3:09
The site is, at best, questionable. For one, Dijkstra's "Go to statements considered harmful" was a letter to the CACM, not a paper. I don't believe there were formal reviews of letters to the editor. – poncho Aug 28 '14 at 13:48

The paper you link to in your comment is a fictional paper where the author (inspired by experiences with reviews he got for his own papers) imagines how negative reviews to groundbreaking papers could have looked like. So its just fun ;)

AFAIK the RSA paper has never been rejected (but the very first paper of Ralph Merkle on public key crypto got rejected, as already mentioned in the comments).

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