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Functional Ecology

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Duration first review round 2.5 mnths compare →
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First review round: 8.7 weeks. Overall rating: 1 (bad). Outcome: Rejected.

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We submitted a relatively short and simple paper. The first round of review took 2 months. Both reviewers said to accept the paper with very minor changes. However, the editor did not agree and decided to reject the manuscript with invited resubmission. We made all suggested changes and resubmitted the manuscript. The 2nd round of review took 3 months. Both of the original reviewers said they were satisfied. However, a 3rd reviewer did not agree with the premise of the paper, although I do not believe he/she entirely understood the message. Thus the editor said he/she could not accept the manuscript given an additional reviewer gave a negative report. Thus the manuscript was refused with no possible resubmission. The process took 6 months, which was all time entirely wasted. Several emails to the editorial team during the review process went un-answered. Despite the fact that both original reviewers suggested to accept the paper the editor refused it. The most bothersome part is that we were given an invited resubmission, however the editor clearly did not like the paper and should have made this decision right away instead of wasting so much time.

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Disciplines: Ecology

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