Dealing with unresponsive journals (again)?




In our newest “how can we help you?“, a reader asks:

Here’s a(nother) question about dealing with unresponsive journals:

I submitted a paper last summer (2021). It is with a good journal in my subfield and is one of my better papers. It initially received a ‘revise and resubmit, no commitment to publishing’ in November ’21, and I resubmitted in December ’21. The paper has been untouched since then (i.e., for about seven months). The editors have not responded to two emails asking whether the paper is still actively under review.

When do I pull out? At the nine-month mark? The one-year mark? I would of course like to publish with them, but continuing to wait could lead to problems for my career. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Good questions. We’ve discussed how to handle slow and unresponsive journals before, but the question seems to come up fairly often, so I think it’s important to discuss. Personally, I think I’d send the editors one more email and pull the paper within a week or two if they don’t respond. There are always other good journals out there, and if you got a revise-and-resubmit at this journal, chances are you’ll get one (or perhaps even an acceptance) at another good journal. But these are just my thoughts. What are yours?

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