Q: Why does my submission remain stuck at 'With Editor' for two weeks? (Elsevier)
I submitted my paper in an Elsevier journal, and it has been assigned a manuscript ID. It has been in the same status (With Editor) for almost two weeks. Why do you think this is? Should I send an email to the editor? According to Elsevier, the average duration of submission to first decision is '9 weeks'. What does it mean? Thank You.
Thank you for your question. We understand that you are worried as the status (“With editor”) of your manuscript submission has not been updated since 2 weeks. Please note, this status only means that the manuscript is undergoing the initial checks by the journal editor. We would recommend waiting a week or two and if there is no change in status, you can write to the journal editorial office asking them for a status update.
Further, the time to first decision refers to the time that the journal requires to respond with a decision. As the website provides a timeline of 9 weeks, you can expect a decision on your manuscript submission in 9 weeks. However, please do note that these timelines are generally tentative.
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Good luck and we hope you receive a favorable response!
Thanks for your answer. 1 month has passed since the status of "With Editor". The date has changed recently, but the status remains at With Editor. Is this a bad indicator? Should I be worried?