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BMC Genomics

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First review round: 12.6 weeks. Overall rating: 1 (bad). Outcome: Accepted.

Motivation:
During our review process the editor left and the manuscript was not reassigned to a new editor. Despite communication with 'editorial office' it took months for the 'reviews received' to be sent to us for 'author response/revisions'. Our manuscript sat in limbo for months. The new editor was fairly quick to respond, except on one occasion which delayed our re-submission by 3 weeks while we waited for a response to an inquiry. In this case I could excuse the delay in communication (editor was likely busy catching up on all of the other manuscripts that were left by the previous), but with the previous delay this was quite frustrating. During the second round of revisions, two of the reviewers had made comments that had no basis in fact. One of these reviewers had made inappropriate comments as though they could contain their anger that we did not agree with all of their comments or address them exactly as they had requested. Meanwhile, our response which drew their attention to all their incorrect comments in the earlier version was politely accepted. During the period of 'limbo', another group submitted and published similar work to another journal. I assume most of the issues with our submission were related to changes in BMC genomics (it seems they were also making changes to the website at this time), but after this experience I don't intend to submit any new ms with BMC. I have also heard other colleagues complain recently.

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Disciplines: Biotechnology, Genetics

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