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Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

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Duration first review round 1.3 mnths compare →
Total handling time accepted manuscripts 1.5 mnths compare →
Decision time immediate rejection 14 days compare →
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Overall rating manuscript handling 2.9 (range 0-5) compare →

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First review round: 5.0 weeks. Overall rating: 0 (very bad). Outcome: Rejected.

Motivation:
A colleague suggested we sent our paper fairly standard computational manuscript to PCCP which neither of us has tried before. We thought the paper would go through normal peer review with typical responses which we usually get from our usual go-to ACS J Phys Chem B ot J. Am. Chem Soc. The review took more than the estimated time in PCCP (3-4 weeoks) and amounted to 1 month + 1 week which is fine we are all busy people. The real shock was when we read the response. (i) First, there was only one reviewer! Not even two just one! (ii) That single reviewer was clearly outsider to our field based on generic questions! (iii) The real shock, however, was that despite the fact that the reviewer asked honest questions and gave suggestions the editor felt appropriate to make a rejecting decision!! At this point, we decided to write to the senior editor as we felt this was gross incompetence on the part of PCCP team. The senior editor apologized and offered us to resubmit and sent for another round. Long story we resubmit and a week later we get another single review making short offhand comments unrelated to our paper but with a clear intent to quickly reject our paper. After 2+ month we are left with no proper review, this is unacceptable. Perhaps we had bad luck with the editor but we are never risking wasting our time on PCCP again. Why bother JPCB is a better journal anyway.

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