Q: What does "reviews completed" mean after resubmitting my paper post major revisions?
I had received the manuscript with this comment "reconsider with major revisions." After resubmitting with revisions, the status changed to "reviews completed." What does this status mean?
Once a revised manucript is submitted to a journal, it goes through another round of review, usually by the same set of reviewers. The status of your manuscript indicates that the review for your revised paper is complete. Now the editorial board will make a decision on your manuscript. Based on the reviewers’ comments on your revised manuscript, the Associate Editor will make a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) on whether to accept or reject your manuscript. It’s the EiC who will make the final decision. You can expect the status to soon change to "Decison in process" and you will be conveyed the decision accordingly.
Your question was a little unclear and I have edited it for clarity. By publication expectations, your supervisor probably means that you need to mention where you would like to publish your article. The quality of a paper is often judged on the basis of the journal's reputation and impact factor. For the same reason, your institution/funding agency may be interested in knowing which journal you aim to publish your research in.
In my opinion, in the section on publication expectations, you might have to name a few target journals where you plan to submit your paper, mentioning their impact factor and also whether you are looking at journals indexed in popular databases. Here are a few posts that will help you understand how you can select suitable target journals for your paper:
- INFOGRAPHIC: Think Check Submit checklist - Selecting the right journal for your research paper
- How can I select a suitable journal for submitting my manuscript?
- How do I verify that my target journal is indexed in ISI, Scopus, or Scimago?
You can ask your supervisor for more explanation with regard to this. Alternatively, you can check the institution/funding agency’s guidelines for research proposals to have more clarity on this.