Q: 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.
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.
XXXX [Your name and contact details]
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