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Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

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Duration first review round 3.3 mnths compare →
Total handling time accepted manuscripts 4.4 mnths compare →
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First review round: 16.1 weeks. Overall rating: 2 (moderate). Outcome: Accepted.

Motivation:
The two review reports received were largely accurate and helpful. I have two concerns with the general editorial handling. 1) Nine days after the initial submission, I received a request from the same journal to review another manuscript. While this was not suitable for me, I felt more obliged than usual, as I suspected that the review request might have come from the same associate editor handling my paper. Normally, one would know, but in this case, the identity of the handling editor was not revealed until the final decision (of the first submission) was made, 113 days after submission! While I am generally happy to review manuscripts, and the one assigned to me fit well, it felt like a little bit of a "blackmail" situation. (On a side note, after submitting my review of that manuscript on time, that manuscript was ready for decision for around four months before a decision was taken!) 2) It is not acceptable that a journal, that allows their reviewers 14 days to complete a report, takes such long time to reach a decision!

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