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Submission and Peer Review

Everything you need to know about journal submission and peer review processes is covered in the section. This includes answers to the questions most researchers have about the status of their paper and in-depth information regarding tracking the paper's progress from submission to publication. Tips and guidance about responding to peer review comments, resubmitting a paper, or corresponding with the journal editor for inquiry or withdrawal of also form an important part of this section.
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The journal I submitted to has rather short review time. However, some people said it is slow. Three months after submission, the status changed to "under review" and then remains the same since then. I enquired once around 4 months after submission. The journal replied that they were having difficulty in finding reviewers and they would let me know when there is an update. Another month passed, but there was no update. I sent another inquiry asking if the paper has come back to editor. Then...
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 4, 2017
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I submitted my manuscript on April 26, 2017, and the status became “In review” on August 23. I sent an email to the editorial office on September 6 and asked them to take a decision within one month. They replied the next day that the review was taking long because they could not find peer reviewers, and they would process the manuscript as soon as possible. However, the status still remains “In review” but the status date was updated on September 22. This paper is for my thesis defense, so I...
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 4, 2017
  • 1,375 views
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The status for my manuscript showed "Decision in Process" (Sep. 15) on the online submission system. However, it changed to Decision in Process (Sep. 18) after three days. What may have caused this change?
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Hello all, I have submitted a paper in which I am the first author but not the corresponding author. The corresponding author has sent an enquiry to the editor regarding the status of the paper. It has been around 4 months since teh revised paper has been submitted. Can I mail the editor asking for a status update when I am just the first author and not the corresponding author?
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I submitted a paper to a reputed journal (Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences) and after two months I received an editorial decision of Major Revision. In that case, three reviewers were invited and out of those, two gave positive reviews whereas the other review was negative and possibly recommended rejection. Anyways, I made the revisions and addressed the concerns of the reviewers and resubmitted the manuscript. After two months, I received a Major revision decison once again. This time the...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 29, 2017
  • 459 views
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I submitted my manuscript at the end of May, and the status changed to “under review” at the beginning of July. However it returned to “reviewers assigned” at the end of July. After that, the status has remained unchanged and only the status date has been updated in the middle of August. Another 1 month has passed since then. As it is almost 4 months after the submission, I am thinking to make an inquiry now. Where should I ask first?
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 28, 2017
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The status changes for my submitted manuscript were as follows: Submitted: September 02; With Journal: September 02;  With Editor: September 04; Reviewer invited: September 04; Under review: September 04;  Ready for decision: September 20. The last status (Ready for decision) has been constant since September 20. In your opinion, how long does it take to get a response from the editor? Is it necessary to send an email to the editor regarding this status? I need the accepted manuscript for my...
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The status of my paper has been “Initial assessment of submissions” for a week. From the note on the journal website, the manuscripts are sometimes rejected before handing to Editor, depending on the contents. The format of my paper is Communication. In general, how long does it take for this status “Initial assessment of submissions”?
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I have submitted my manuscript to a scientific journal and got a decision of major revision. I have sent the revised manuscript, but the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) who was in charge had resigned. After that I got a decision of major revision again from the same EiC, though he should have already resigned. Then I have sent the revised manuscript again. It has been long time after the 2nd revision, but the EiC name and the status of the manuscript is unchanged at the editorial management system. I...
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I have revised my manuscript several times during the manuscript submission, but it is difficult to perfectly meet the requirements/suggestions of the peer reviewer. In fact, due to the revisions, my manuscript's direction is becoming different from what I originally intended. Accordingly I am thinking of declining the revision this time. I could select “Declines to Revise” in the Author menu of the system, but is it possible to submit my manuscript to another journal after this operation? (...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 25, 2017
  • 1,859 views

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