The Review Process

The publishing process is very dependent upon the review process.  A typical review process is described, step
by step.

Review Process

Reviewers (Referees) and editor decide if the manuscript is accepted
What is the purpose?
- Identify manuscripts suitable for journal
- Correct flaws in worthwhile but imperfect work
What do you need to consider?
- Time factor

Journal's First Step

Editor assign the MS to an Editor-in-Charge (EIC)
The EIC then determines whether the MS goes out for review
(Sometimes Editor performs this step)

Your First Goal - Get past Editor!

“No Reviews” mostly reflect “Lack of fit” with journal
Very narrow potential audience
Not likely to be a contribution

Reaching a Descision

Two reviewers’ comments received by the Editor in Charge
Editor in Charge reviews the paper, drafts comments,
and makes a recommendation to Journal Editor
Editor makes a decision
Letter to the author is drafted
Often takes 60-90 days to reach a decision

Typical Results

MS sent out for initial review and with a decision:
Accept         <1%
Reject             45%
Revise and resubmit 54%
Minor revision:  20%
Major revision:  34%

Rejection Rates

What are they?
- Variable
- Better journals have higher Rejection Rates
What is the significance?
Should you risk time?
Sometimes, you need a Paper published to support another Paper
Thus, not all Papers can be ‘Nature’ papers

Main Reasons that Papers are Rejected

1.  Inappropriate for the particular journal
2.  Merely confirmatory
3.  Describes poorly designed or constructed studies
4.  Poorly written

What Next?
Writing Resources Home
Is resubmission and
re-review worth the new
research requested?
See Choosing Reviewers
See Statistics for more
A bad abstract may be all
an editor (and the Journal)
ever read!