A recent submission to the Journal of Memory and Language, an Elsevier journal has made my hyper-aware of how the way a manuscript’s progress through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is indicated.  For future reference, I’ve summarised the story-so-far for a recently revised and resubmitted manuscript.  (The worst thing for a compulsive checker like me is that you’re not e-mailed about changes in status, you have to login to the EES and check to see whether the ‘Status Date’ or the ‘Current Status’ has changed.  Every few weeks you get that variable-ratio reinforcement that just reinforces your maladaptive checking behaviour!)

I’m not sure if the ‘Current Status’ stages I list below are universal for all Elsevier journals, or even for all manuscripts within the the Journal of Memory and Language, but here’s what I’ve been through so far.  (Elsevier have a few more details on some of these statuses here: http://support.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/160/~/paper-lifecycle-from-submission-to-publication)

Submission

  • “Submission Being Processed” – 16/11/2010: The manuscript is submitted and an e-mail is sent to the corresponding author with EES login details.  The manuscript is assigned to an editor by the journal office staff.
  • “With Editor” – 18/11/2010 (estimated): Presumably an editor makes sure the thing is worthy of being sent out for review and identifies appropriate reviewers.
  • “Under Review” – 24/11/2010: The peer review process starts.
  • “Required Reviews Completed” – 24/12/2010: The manuscript is sent back for an editorial decision.
  • “Revise” – 1/1/2011: E-mail sent to the corresponding author indicating the editorial decision.

Revision 1

  • “Revisions Being Processed” – 20/1/2011: The manuscript is resubmitted and another e-mail is sent to the corresponding author
  • “With Editor” – 20/1/2011: Presumably the editor makes sure the thing is worthy of being sent out for review again…
  • “Accept” – 5/2/2011: or accepts the revised manuscript without a second peer-review.
  • Completed” – 8/2/2011: I don’t know what this stage means.  Maybe it’s an acknowledgement of my receipt of the decision letter.  Incidentally, there are now two additional visible columns: “Date Final Disposition Set” (Feb 08, 2011); and “Final Disposition” (Accept).

Publication

At this point the submission gets closed on the Elsevier Editorial System and gets moved onto an author tracking system (http://authors.elsevier.com).  One of the most important developments is the assignment of a DOI – it’s doesn’t go live until the proofs have been created, but it ‘s assigned and can be used to link to the article in the future. From now onwards, e-mail notifications seem to arrive with every change in status.

  • Expected despatch of proofs notification – 10/02/2011: A date for receipt of manuscript proofs (the journal-formatted pdf) is assigned.
  • Return of “Journal Publishing Agreement”, “Funding Body Agreement” and “Order Offprints” forms requested – 10/2/2011: A link to these forms is e-mailed and they can be completed and submitted online.  This makes a great change from the procedure of having to get snail-mail signatures from all authors, which is a real pain if collaborating with people at multiple institutions.  Once submitted, the status comment changes to…
  • Status comment changed to Publication date not yet known – 10/2/2011
  • Uncorrected Proofs made available and return with corrections requested within 48 hours – 18/2/2011 (Consistent with the tracking system information): This was done through the elsevier.sps.co.in/authorproofs/ website.
  • Status comment changed to No further corrections can now be made – 19/02/2011: ‘Proofs returned’ row also added, with the same 19/02/2011 date.  DOI link still dead and manuscript is still not yet available on the ‘Articles in Press’ section of the JML section of the ScienceDirect website.
  • PDF made available as an ‘Articles in Press’  – 02/03/2011: But the DOI link still doesn’t work.
  • DOI link made functional – 08/03/2011.
  • Article published in print journal – 05/2011.

161 thoughts on “The Life of an Elsevier Editorial System Manuscript

  1. Thanks for posting this, it’s the only explanation I’ve found of what this system means.
    I have something in review in a journal using this system. I submitted in early October, but my paper is listed as “under review” with a “status date” of late December. Does this mean it wasn’t sent to reviewers until late December?!? Or do they update the “status date” column periodically? Any guesses? Thanks in advance…

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    • I have communicated my article to one Elsevier journal. After being with editor for more than one month, the current status is “submitted to journal”. I am confused regarding this status? What does it signify, kindly answer me?

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  2. That’s a good question. As far as I’m aware, the status date changes only when the status changes, so it sounds like the Editor took a while took get round to sending it out for review.

    That’s only my guess though, and it’s not often that these systems are as intuitive as they should be!

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  3. Please, can explain me the changing of ‘status date’ without the changing of ‘current status’.

    My paper is listed as ‘under review’ in May3, and it has changed the status date of two successive occasions (in May 11 and in May 22) without ‘current status’ change which remained under review
    Thanks for answers…

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    • Doudouh, I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question. I imagine that it may be something to do with the editor revising what is visible to their view of your manuscript without it changing anything you can see e.g. adding reviewer comments to the database, which obviously remain invisible to you until the editor has received all of the reviews.

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      • First, thank you for the post. I just submitted to JML and was searching their site for something like this.

        Second, I suspect that you are correct that as reviewer comments come in, the manuscript submission gets updated (hence a date change) without a change of status.

        And congratulations on getting your work accepted to JML. Very nice study.

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    • Doudouh, I think now you may know your answer. if so, would you please let me know what dose it mean when the status date is changed while it is still under review? I have the same problem.

      Thanks.

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      • tk, I noticed this very recently for an article I have under submission at an Elsevier journal. My best guess is that a reviewer declined or the editor invited another reviewer, which probably caused the EES to update the specifics of the status (who is reviewing the manuscript, invisible to the authors), without updating the status itself (Under Review). It’s only a guess though.

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      • Thanks Akira. Since my status date was updated so early I was thinking such a small period of time couldn’t be enough to decide about acceptance or revision of a paper but might be enough to rejection ;(
        Now thanks to your best guess I assume reviewers are just changed and so feel better at least for a while ;)

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    • For this question I have asked Elsevier by their Live Chat. The answer was: The date of the “under review” status changes ONLY IF the editor handling your manuscript sends the review request. Please note that it is also possible that, your manuscript was sent out for review BEFORE the date you saw, but somehow, maybe the requested reviewer did not confirm the invitation, so that your editor sent out a request again.

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    • Reda, I don’t know. Are these statuses from the same manuscript or are you comparing across journals? If they are from different journals, then I would suggest that they could just mean the same thing, but noted slightly differently in the respective journals’ workflows.

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  5. I have submitted a paper to a journal since november. Now the status is Required Reviews Completed. may ıt accept or reject?

    Thank you…

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      • I want to ask a question. Now the status is decision in process. It is a good or a bad new for me?

        Thank you.

        Best regards…

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        • “Decision in process” is neither good or bad – Its a step that all papers (both accepts and rejects) will go through.

          Essentially et means that the editor is currently looking at the reviewers comments and entering the decision-letter into the system.. Your should hear something rather soon..

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  6. tnx dear akira or your corporation
    i have a question i submited my manuscript on 29 june after 2 days status chang to with editors,next after5 days status change to under review, on 12 jun another changing was happened (go back with editors ) and the last on 15 jun (today) changed to “under review again”
    in ur idea is it common?after this process can u tell wats the prognosis for my peper an the last this is a good news or bad?

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  7. I have submitted my revised version of article to Elsevier journal but status still “Revision Submitted to Journal”, why status is still like this?

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  8. What does it mean that the status of the paper submitted to Elsevier journal changes from “with editor” to “Decision in Process”. thank you

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    • Hi Mary. That probably depends on how you want to publish (open access or a traditional subscription-based access) and whether Elsevier has an outlet suitable for this sort of publication. If so, I would check the publication website where you should be able to get full details. Good luck!

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  9. Seems like I am just like the rest… Under Review status day changed 3 times… I agree with others, maybe another reviewer was needed either because previous reviewer did not respond or the editor did not trust their comments so he/she invited another reviewer.

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  10. Hi Connor, How long is the usual waiting time in “Required Reviews completed” status in an elsevier system? Is it applicable to any journal in elsevier or journal to journal variation is there in waiting time in this particular status? Your help is much appreciated. Thanks. Giri

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  11. Hi Conner, I submitted my manuscript to an elsevier journal, and the status changed to “With Editor”, the next day. This status of “With Editor” has remained like that for 1 month and 9 days now. Any idea of what could be the possible explanation. Thanks for answers.

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  12. HI Akira,
    I love this thread.

    Recently I submitted my revised paper with some major revision points in their opinion. It was with editor and it is now under review…

    Does that mean it is under editor review? or another peer reviewer?

    Thanks
    Depressed

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    • Hi there,

      It wouldn’t surprise me if it is under peer review again – this is what tends to happen with manuscripts resubmitted after major revisions. I think the major decision the editor will have made here is whether to send it to the same reviewers as reviewed it previously, or a new set of reviewers (who may not even agree with the last round of recommendations). I think your chances of acceptance at this stage are far higher if it has been sent to the first set of reviewers again, but there isn’t any way of knowing this.

      Fingers crossed!

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  13. Hello Akira,

    Recently I submitted my revised paper with some major revision points in the opinion of reviewer 2. It was with editor and it is now under review since 08/10/2013. Reviewer did not have any critic. Do you think the chance of being accepted is high? How long thas it usually takes this second review, when should I ask the journal if everything is fine?

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    • Hi Alexande – I would suppose that your chances of acceptance depend very much on how well Reviewer 2 believes you have dealt with their issues (it’s always Reviewer 2 isn’t it? Do editors do this on purpose?). I’m assuming that you were given ‘Major Revisions’ in which case the editor will probably have sent the manuscript back to the same reviewers. If this is the case, it shouldn’t take long for them to give their opinion again. I would follow up with the editor after 4-6 weeks (I assume 08/10 is 8th October). Best of luck!

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  14. Hi Akira

    My paper status is changed to “Reviews completed” a couple of weeks ago. So for the status date is updated twice with the same status “Reviews completed”.. what does that means?

    Thanks

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  15. The date might change to show that the case has been taken by the editor on those dates but a decision is yet to be taken! It might or might not yield to ACCEPT or REJECT!

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  16. Hi Akira,

    I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After some days the status of manuscript is changed from with editor to submitted journal. What does it mean?

    Thanking you

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      • I had a similar case as i submitted a my manuscript to high impact factored journal. It had the “with editor” status for over a month. the next status was ” submitted to journal”. After some few days, the editorial office sent me a mail that, my manuscript has some few technical issue that needed to be changed. particularly, they said i have to cut down the number of words of my manuscript to 5000 and the resubmit. so i presume your case could probably due to some technical requirements.

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  17. Can you please explain what does it mean: “Editor invited”? Submittion date is September 2013, and the current status is “editor invited”. Thanx!

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    • I’m afraid I haven’t ever encountered that status. I would assume it comes right at the beginning of the review cycle so to have it occur 7 months in does seem strange. Which publisher runs the journal (is it Elsevier or someone else)?

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  18. Hi
    I submitted my paper to Elsevier journal and the life style of my paper is like this:
    Submission Being Processed — with editor– response to technical check results– with editor for another 6 days– Required reviews completed and now Decision in Process.
    I am just wondering why there is no Under Review status for me?
    Is that means they want to reject my paper, or some things else?

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  19. I have submitted a paper in EES. Immediately shows “Submitted to Journal”. After 3 days it shows, “with editor”status. Now after 10 days it shows again “submitted to journal”. What it means?

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  20. Hi Mr. Connor, my revised manuscript had been sent to EES. It showed “revision submitted”, followed by “with editor” within the next 2 days- and all that is fine. However, following that, it showed “under review”, the next day. My doubt is, is this SECOND time review always common for all the REVISED submission? , or, following “with editor”, can it directly go for “decision in progress” / accept? I mean, without a second review process, can the editor directly take decisions? Nevertheless, what is the presumed time taken for this second review process? Thanks much.

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  21. My manuscript was listed as ‘under review’ April 25th, and it has changed the status date on 12th may without ‘current status’ change which remained under review. Just wondering, what does this mean?

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    • Ah, the old phantom status date change. I have had this happen to me before and don’t know why. I suspect it is driven by an editor-side status change (e.g. the editor inviting a new reviewer) which remains invisible to us on the author-side.

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      • Hi Akira,

        No,

        I send my paper in January. After 2 month, I receive the positive signal and I subbmited

        revise my paper and send it in april. In 23 May, my paper status is” Decision in

        Process” then it changed to “Under Review” after 3day.

        What does it mean?
        Thank you.

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  22. Hello Akira
    I have submitted an article to the Arabian Journal of Chemistry (ARABJC-D-13-00831) on May 18, 2013. But till date the status is ‘With Editor’. I have communicated with the journal several times regarding the processing and also have asked them to return my article if it is not possible to process further, but no reply is received so far. For last 12 months the article is lying with them, which could be submitted to any other suitable journal if returned.
    What shall I do?

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    • Dear Sukalyan,

      That is absolutely ridiculous – I’m sorry you’ve had to contend with it. Have you emailed the Editor-in-Chief to request that the article be dealt with?

      Akira

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      • Dear Sukalyan,

        You don’t really need to ask the publisher to release your paper if you would rather publish somewhere else (and I believe you should), it’s your right to go elsewhere with what is still your copyrighted work. Write to them (email is fine) summarising your experience so far, and then state that you are providing written notice of the withdrawal of your paper on behalf of yourself and any co-authors.

        Good luck,

        Alex

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  23. Hello Akira
    I have submitted an article to the International Journal of Manufacturing Systems on May 28, 2014. But till date (June 17, 2014) the status is ‘With Editor’. Is this time reasonable? How much time I have to wait before sending an email to the Editor?

    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Dimitrios

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  24. Does anybody knows what does the status “Waiting for Other Review(s)” means? First it was “In review” and now it changed to “Waiting for Other Review(s)”. Does it means at least one reviewer has finished and the editor is waiting for the rest of does it means that the initial reviewers quit and he has to find new reviewers?

    Thanks in advance

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  25. Hi, I have a question, What does it mean that the status of the paper submitted to Elsevier journal changes from “with editor” to “Decision in Process”. Thanking you

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    • Can I ask what happened to that paper later on? I am going through the end situation, ,,, from submitted to with editor to under revision process!

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  26. Hi Connor, How long is the usual waiting time in “Required Reviews completed” status in an elsevier system? Actually 85 days already completed. Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.

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  27. Hi Sir, I Do have query regarding the review process of AEU journal, I submitted my research article In April 2013 which is 7 pages long, I waited till this year January and sent a polite remainder to the editor regarding the status of the manuscript and I was replied review in process kindly have some patience. So I waited till April 2014 and and asked about the status of the paper again when one year has been completed, they said the review process is underway two reviewer’s had posted their comments and they are waiting for third reviewer’s comments. After that the status box of the manuscript (under review) has disappeared from ees system. I waited for another 3 months and a week before I again reminded the editor since the status of manuscript whether (under review or required reviews completed ) box is not available in ees system. They told still your manuscript is under review and area editor has been reminded again. Now I am confused whether my manuscript will be accepted with revisions or reject my manuscript ? after an year and six months. Or If they ask me to revise again and if it goes to review how long will it take ?
    Why does review process takes so long even for a short paper ?

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    • I’m sorry you have had to deal with this. The review process doesn’t seem to depend on the length of the manuscript, nor does the eventual decision depend on the length of the review process. I’m afraid I have no idea what the outcome will be, but I suggest you consider this experience in your thoughts about where to submit future papers. Good luck!

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  28. Hi Connor, I recently submitted my research work as a short communication to Optik journal on April 2014, and the status of the manuscript immediately changed to with the editor. However, till now the status of the manuscript is with the editor and has not progressed. I had mailed to the editor twice but still now response or change in the status of the manuscript. Any suggestions ? As I don’t like to annoy the editor with frequent mails, but four months of waiting time without progress concerns me a lot especially for a short communication paper.

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  29. Hi Connor,
    I had submitted my research article to International journal of electronics and communication (AEU) during April 2013. I waited for an update from the reviewer’s or the editors for first eight months however, I did not receive any. So this January I mailed to the Editor in chief and asked for the update. The response was the review is underway they have received two comments and waiting for third reviewer comment. So I waited till this mid June but I didn’t receive an update so i reminded the editor in chief once again. They replied that still your paper is under review and area editor has been reminded again. So my query is that will my paper be accepted ? or rejected ? Since it has been nearly more than a year and three months and there has been many advancements in my research area and the reviewer who would validate my paper currently will consider my work as a old concept or anything ? which will lead to rejection ? How long should i wait for their response ?

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    • I’m afraid the length of the review process has no bearing on the eventual decision. I’m sorry you have had to wait so long – over a year for a single review process is unacceptable to me. You could email the editor and suggest that you will withdraw your manuscript unless you hear back soon.

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  30. Hi Akira,

    I received a positive signal from 2 reviewers, but the current status of my paper is “under review”, what does it mean and how long this status?

    Kind regards

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      • Hi Akira,

        I send my paper on 24 January 2014. I received a signal positive on 18 March 2014. After revising my paper I send it on April 2014. On 22 July I received a second signal positive then I revised my article second time (revision 2) and I send it on 30 July but the current status of my paper is “under review”. How long this status?

        Kind regards

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  31. Hi akira. I have submitted my article on 16 July,2104. Till now, there is no updates / status change display in ESS with my account i.e no status column which should be after the column of initial date of submission. I am not able to see any status. Need you comments. Thank you.

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  32. When your status is “Requiered Reviews Completed”, does it mean that’s quite likely that your paper will be aproved?. I mean, is there a good chance??

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  33. my submission was made on July 29 14, then the status underwent the following changes “with editor” –> “under review” (status date changed 3 times) –> “required reviews completed” –> “under review” (status date changed 2 times) and now it’s still “under review”

    I think it’s pretty frustrating tracking the status of your submissions in the EES system. With ACS and RSC, you simply get 2 statuses: “under review” or the actual decision. :-)

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  34. Hi Akira,
    I submitted a manuscript. After two days it changed to “with editor”. After a month the status was the same “with editor”. So I sent a reminder asking for the status of my manuscript. Now it has been 10 days since I sent the reminder and nothing happened not even an email? what is going on?

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  35. Hi Akira,
    is there a certain time for the “required reviews completed” such as 1 week or 2 weeks?
    My paper has been still in that stage for 3 weeks..
    should i worry about for a probable rejection?

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  36. Hi Akira! I submitted my paper to an Elsevier journal a week ago. The status was “with editor” for about 5 days, and today it changed to “Submitted to journal” which looks odd to me. This is like a reverse of most processes. Does that mean the editor is going to reject my paper directly?

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  37. I submitted my revised manuscript a month back (Aug 8th) after receiving “major revisions and resubmit” on my original manuscript. Since Aug 11th, the status remains as “decision in process”. What does this mean? Do I need to contact the editor to ask what the decision is?

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  38. Hi, Hello, I submitted a paper April 2014 and the decision was moderate revision, i revised and resubmit, again i am asked to make minor revision, i did so and resubmit. now the status is Editor invited and the date of submission changed to current date???, what does this mean??? please

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    • Hello, I’ve just had exactly the same problem. Since your post is from 2014, can you please explain what happened next for you ?

      Thank you!

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  39. Dear sir i have submitted my paper on September 16-2014 Status date is September 19-2014 from that time till now(November 11-2014) it is under review..Am so worried …what does that mean..it is not passing this step for the past 50 days.

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  40. Hi, I have submitted a manuscript to the journal of medical hypothesis 2 monthes ago, and it is still “with editor status”, which I think is to much (in a previous experience with them it took 10 days for the first desicion to be made). I have sent 3 emails till now, but they keep replying with a template of how the journal is a highly submisive journal. Can you recommend any action I can take, or how should I deal with such neglection?

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  41. Hello Akira, I have a question about how long is the “under review” time in elsevier part f. I publish my article in october 2013, and still is on under review :). In august 2014 is the last change status date. Thanks on answer.

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  42. I submitted a paper in mathematics to The Journal of Algebra and waited about a month to see the decision: “Unfortunately your manuscript does not meet the standards, aims and scope of the journal as detailed on the journal’s home page; therefore, we have decided to reject it”. I did some breakthrough in solving the Diophantine equations supported by new results, but Elsevier just afraid to publish it. So I have seen a formal rejection. Otherwise, could it take a month to decide that article is inappropriate or if the findings are wrong to say it?

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  43. Oh wow I didn’t realize how long ago this post was written, but hopefully someone might still be willing/able to help me out?

    I submitted a paper 6 weeks or so ago, and these are the “current statuses” I’ve seen:
    “Submission being processed”
    “Reviewers assigned”
    “Under review”
    and now, about a month after that last status, back to
    “Reviewers assigned”

    Any idea what this means? Did the first reviewers just not work out? Or am I about to be rejected? *cue panic*

    Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi,
      It is because the later assigned reviewers haven’t done the reviewing process or have written not good reviews.

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  44. I recently submitted my manuscript to Elsevier and I received my paper for revision with appreciations by both reviewers. I also submitted my revised paper on 15/12/2014 and since then “with editor” status has reached. What would have happened ? what would be the next stage ?

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  45. Hi I sent manuscript on 16th Dec it was returned back on 19th stating need technical correction (page numbers and author name) and stated language is OK. I resubmitted the corrected manuscript on 19th Dec. It changes “with editor” on 20th “under review” on 21s dec and “decision in process” on 23 dec. What does this mean? desk reject?

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  46. Hello,
    I have submitted the paper to a prestigious springer journal in Dec 2013, which shows status review completed since April 2014, I have asked about the status several times since then for all which I received the reply as the editor has received the review comments and he has to make his final decision. Does it mean that they have rejected the paper.

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  47. Manuscript has been “under review” but now changed to “Under editorial consideration.” What does that mean? Reviewers disagreed?

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  48. Dear guys

    I need your help or view on this especially if you have had similar experiences or even otherwise

    I submitted my manuscript to a journal on Day 1 late evening (a Friday)..on day 2 (Saturday) afternoon it changed from initial check to with editor…on Day 5 I noticed that due to nervousness/by mistake I had submitted an old incorrect version of the manuscript. Because the system doesn’t allow to you make changes after you submit…I contacted the publishing group and they were able to help me and they uploaded my correct version on my behalf…

    When I now log in on the system I can see the correct version and download it…the status is still with editor and it’s Day 7 now.

    When I asked the publishing group support agent whether they would consider my direct file…she told me yes…however, is there a chance that the editor has seen the old file and has already made a decision? Will the old version be retained in their system?

    To my knowledge, the old version has to be deleted to upload a new version since it is a brand new submission as supposed to a revised manuscript based on peer reviewers comments…

    Please share your thoughts if you can…

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  49. My paper was submitted to a mathematics journal 4 1/2 months ago and the status has been “with editor” ever since . The editor in chief did not respond to my first email so I sent an email to one of the associate editors and she has not responded . After a month or so I sent a second email to the editor in chief and I still haven’t heard anything from either one . What possible recourses do I have?

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    • I am facing a similar situation, 4 months with editor for me and no response after 2 emails. What have you done about this?

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  50. Hi,

    Do you know haw can i withdraw my paper from the EES system? I have sent a paper to the journal system a month ago. Then, i decided to change my mind. Is there any button to withdraw the paper or should i just email to the journal ?

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  51. Dear Akira and others,

    This question has been asked several times on this forum without really being answered:

    What is the meaning of a status change from “with editor” to “decision in process”. (The m/s was “with editor” for about a month and it never said “under review”). Is this an imminent desk reject? I will update the outcome here regardless of outcome.

    Many thanks in advance!

    George

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  52. What does it mean that the status of the paper submitted to Elsevier journal changes from “with editor” to “Submetted to journal” after 1 month of the status ‘with editor”. thank you

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  53. Hi,
    I recently submitted a paper which came back from the review with minor revision requests. I sent the response to the reviewer comments (some of which were rebuttals). Now the status is changed to under review again. Can a first submission that returns with a minor revision request turn out to be rejected? Is there a time limit set for the reviewers to do the second review in such a case?

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  54. I sent a paper to STOTEN and I have checked the status today. It says “Under Editor Evaluation”. Any clue of what that means in terms of a positive or negative answer?

    Thank you

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    • Hi Fermi

      Just wanted to know the status of your paper. I recently received the same status from an Elsevier journal as yours “Under editor evaluation” after 37 days under review. I couldn’t find on internet that what does that actually means? And I am really nervous. Kindly let me know what happened in your case.

      Regards

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        • Hello,
          My paper was under review for 1 months, after that, It was under editor evaluation for just a day, it then went under review again. What does mean under editor evaluation and the second under review.
          Thank you

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    • This status indicates that the Editor is evaluating your manuscript based on the peer reviewer comments, but has not yet come to a decision.If the editor is satisfied with the reviews, you might be informed of the decision soon. If the editor feels that he wants an additional review, the status might change once again to “under review.” Once the Editor has entered his decision on the journal system, the status changes to “Decision in process.” To quote from the Elsevier site: “If the Editor has registered a decision in the system but has not yet sent you the email confirming the decision, the status of your article will be listed as ‘Decision in Process’.

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  55. Hello,
    Yesterday I have received a reply like, We are happy to inform you that your manuscript has been judged scientifically suitable for publication and will be formally accepted for publication once it complies with all outstanding technical requirements.
    They asked us that we will receive some email with in 1 week time where we will perform some amendments. After that they will sent us a formal acceptance letter followed by billing info. So can anybody tell me what kind of amendments they are talking about?
    Regards

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  56. Dear Akira and others,

    My manuscript moved following under review to required review completed to moved again under review. For example two times moved to under review. Is this situation good or bad?

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  57. Hi,
    I submitted a manuscript to on of Elsevier journals on 24 Jun 2015. Next day 25 Jun 2015 the status showed With Editor. Till now 7 July 2015 (13 days), the manuscript remained with editor. I set e-mails twice to the editor requesting him to accelerate the paper processing but o reply. Any suggestions?
    Thank You

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    • Hi Hassan,
      I am facing the same problem at present. “With editor” status has been shown for 15 days. How many more days you had to wait to go to the next stage?

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  58. I submitted a paper to a journal about 8 months ago and the status has been “with editor ” ever since .The editor in chief has not responded to my email inquiries .I am not sure what to do now .Should I wait another month before I withdraw the manuscript?

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    • If you mean making previous submissions invisible to editors and admin, I don’t think this is possible (certainly not without contacting an administrator and asking them to do it for you).

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  59. Dear Akira, any estimation of my paper’s fate if the status says “Under editor evaluation” after 20 days “under review”?

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  60. Hello,
    My paper was under review for 2 months, after that, It was under editor evaluation for 5 days, then, it is under review until now. What does mean under editor evaluation and the second under review.
    Thank you.

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  61. Hello,
    Thank you for your post.
    I have submitted an artile in elsavier Journal of Business Research.
    I initially submitted on Sep 23, 2015, then I had to make a little change and I resubmit on Sep 24, 2015 and the status changed to with editor and they supplied me the name of the editor.
    However, the article still today says with editor. I am not sure what to do?

    Thank You

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  62. Hi Akira
    Your comments have been very helpful. I submitted a paper November 2, and after two weeks, I got a response from the editor that ” I was preparing your paper to send to the reviewers, but I could see acknowledgement section. Please remove it and resubmit it”. I resubmitted it and its now “with the editor”. Does it mean that my paper would not be desk rejected? That is, there is a chance of sending it to the reviewers?

    Thank you so much

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  63. Hi Akira
    I submitted a manuscript yesterday and besides the immidiate autogenerated submission confirmation I recived a mail that they had received my submission approximately 5 hours later. This morning when I log on to my Author main menu in Elsevier my submission have moved from “submissions being processed” to “submissions with a decision” (under “Completed”). When I click on it and see the process overview it says “Current status “Completed””.
    I assume that it means the editor has allready rejected it (?), but I thought I would be able to read the decision in the elsevier -system and that I would recieve an email about it?

    Thank you for sharing your experiences
    Kind regards Vibe

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      • Thank you so much for your answer – eventhough I was kind of hoping you would write that it sounded more like a mistake so I could keep my hopes up ;)

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  64. Hi Akira,

    Your efforts in responding to queries with regard to the review process are worth appreciating. I am wondering if the status ‘Under Editor Evaluation’ is standard for all submissions undergoing the review process.

    Cheers

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  65. hello
    under editor evaluation mean that one of the reviewer replly to the editor and said that he cant evaluet the paper, the editor searche for a new reviewer and send the paper agian for a new review

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  66. hi,
    I submitted a paper since 6 months. The current state of the paper is decision in process since a month. As I know, the final decision of the editor does not take more than 2 or 3 weeks. So, is that mean that the paper was rejected? I contact the editor many times and I didn’t have any response.

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  67. Hi everyone, I have a question about my status date which is changed 3 times from submission, but the status after 6 months still “editor assignment pending”!!!! what does it mean ? thanx

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  68. Hi everyone,
    I submitted a paper to springer journal. Since 6 months the status is still “editor assignment pending”, when I asked editor, he tells me that the assigned editor is in the process of invinting reviewers, Is it normal that till now (6 month) no reviwers assigned to my paper? I have also remarked that status date has been changed 2 times and the status is always “editor assignment pending”, what does it mean?

    Thank you very much.

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  69. Hi,

    My paper is in with editor status for 13 days from 5.2.2016 to 18.2.2016. This is my revised paper with comments as major revision. Whether to write a reminder letter?

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  70. I submitted a paper to the Elsevier journal. and revised it first under major revision. Again, it turned as minor revision.I submitted it 10 days before. But, Now it is with editor for the past one week.
    Is there any hope of getting accepted at this stage?

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  71. Good writing , I am thankful for the details ! Does someone know if my business could find a fillable NJ CN 10542 document to fill out ?

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  72. Hi everybody
    What does “Under Editor Evaluation” mean?
    I submitted my manuscript to one of the Elsevier journals and after the process of “Under Review”, the last status is “Under Editor Evaluation”.

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  73. Hi Everyone:

    The status of my manuscript changed to “reviewer(s) invited” after 20 days of the first submission, then it showed ” under review” in next few days. Yesterday the status was again “reviewers invited”. Can anybody tell me the reason of this change of status again as “reviewers invited” while it was earlier as” under review”.

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  74. I have seen the status of my manuscript changed from reviewers invited to decision in process. I haven’t seen the under review status on my manuscript. I’d like to know why the life cycle of manuscript processing changed like that. It looks abnormal

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  75. I sent a Letter to the Editor, and now the status of manuscript is “Revisions Being Processed”. How is it possible, without any previous comunication?

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  76. hi everyone.
    i submitted 2 paper. one in springer journa and another in elsevier.
    in springer journal. i sumbitted my paper on 24 october and status changed with editor on same day. on 7 november te was changed editor invited. and remain same uptil now. is this normal?
    in elsevier journal i submitted a paper on.23 november. the status changed same day with editor. but i also remain same

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  77. we have submit a paper to springer Journal at 15/12/2016 then it took the normal stauts as “paper submitted–> with editor–> reviewers assigned–> under review” but at 13/1/2017 the status got back ” reviewers assigned” what this mean????//

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