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22 June 2022
What is the general status of journal papers after submission?

  How many states do our journal papers usually have after they are submitted to a certain journal? What status is passed to be published? Next, follow Xiaobian to learn about it.

  1. Return without review: this occurs when the editor thinks that the paper does not meet the scope of the journal or the submission requirements, so the manuscript is returned without being submitted for external review. Another possibility is that there are too many language errors in the paper. Simply, the journal editor will explain the reasons when returning the paper. The author has the opportunity to improve the language before re submitting or changing the paper.

  2. suggest to change to other journals: when the journal editor thinks that the paper is not suitable for the original journal, he may suggest to change to another journal. If it is a journal owned by the same publisher, after the author agrees, the contributions will be transferred to the journal itself. The author does not need to operate otherwise. However, if it is a journal proposed to different publishers, it depends entirely on the author's willingness to change to other journals.

  3. submission for peer review: during the preliminary review, the editor will confirm whether the paper meets the scope of the journal and the requirements for journal contributions. Once there is no problem, the editor will submit it to the peer review. Generally, 2 to 3 reviewers will be invited to review the manuscript.

  After the peer review, the peer reviewer will put forward decision-making suggestions and relevant opinions, and the editor will make the final decision based on these opinions. As previously mentioned, although the peer review opinions are very important, they are still a reference for the journal editor, that is, to make the reviewer put forward negative opinions. If the editor thinks the paper is credible, the paper can still be accepted, or the reviewer puts forward positive feedback, The editor may also reject the paper as unworthy of publication.

  4. acceptance after minor revision: this decision is also called conditional acceptance, which means that the papers can be accepted by the journal after minor revision. The papers accepted after minor revision may not need to be reviewed again. Generally, the journal editors will make a decision after their own inspection. However, the authors should remember that "publication after minor revision" is not guaranteed to be accepted, but the editors should be satisfied with your revision.

  5. acceptance after overhaul: the editor will make this decision when he thinks that the paper needs to be substantially revised. The author needs to attach a point by point reply to the reviewer's comments when returning the revised draft. The revised paper may also be sent for external review, usually to the first round of reviewers. However, of course, the editor also has the right to choose different reviewers. The second round of reviewers is called "re review" in some journals, The result will be determined according to the author's revision and reply to the review and editorial comments. If the author does not reply to all the comments, there may be further revision or even rejection.

  6. re submission after modification: sometimes the editor refuses to submit the manuscript, but is willing to accept the re Submission on the premise of the author's modification. At this time, re submission is considered as a new contribution. If the author accepts it, he must first modify the paper according to the review and editorial comments, and then attach a letter containing the number of the previous contribution and the modification instructions when re submitting. After checking the modified paper and relevant information, Decide whether to submit the paper for peer review.

  7. rejection: direct rejection. In most cases, even if the paper is substantially modified, the journal editor will not consider publishing the paper.