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Q&A: How do I write an inquiry to the editor about my manuscript's current status?

Through Elsevier online system I have responded to the journal’s revision request, and after 2 days, the status has changed to 'with editor.' However, for the last 2 months the status hasn’t changed. Should I have to write an email to an editor about the process for the paper? I am a bit worried if I am giving impressions like urging them. But waiting for the decision gets too long. Please advise me how to write email politely. 

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Since the status has remained unchanged for the past two months, I think you can write to the editor inquiring about the status of your paper. I don’t think the editor will feel that you are being too pushy; most editors understand the kind of anxiety that authors go through. However, make sure that you maintain a polite and courteous tone throughout the email.

Here is a template that you can use to inquire about the current status of your paper:

Dear Mr./Ms. XXX [Editor's Name],

I have submitted my revised manuscript titled XXXX [manuscript id: xxxx] to your journal via the online submission system on dd/mm/yyyy [date of submission]. Two days later, the status changed to ‘with editor.’ However, the status has remained unchanged ever since.

I would be grateful if you could let me know whether there has been any further progress on my submission.

Sincerely,

XXXX [Your name and contact details]


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