Q: How many peer reviews to expect before publishing how long do they take?

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Thank you for your question. The number of rounds of peer review before a final decision varies depending on the reviewers' findings and recommendations and how well these are integrated. After each round, a manuscript can either be accepted, rejected, or sent back for minor or major revisions. In case authors are asked to resubmit after major revisions, journals usually conduct up to 3 rounds of peer review before deciding to not go ahead with publication.

The time required for peer review varies depending on a number of factors such as the availability of peer reviewers and the existing backlog of papers for initial assessment and review. Typically, when a paper is considered for peer review, each round of peer review takes approximately 45-90 days. Desk decisions (usually rejections for reasons such as the manuscript not being a good fit for the journal) or acceptance post minor revision may happen in less time.