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Scientific Reports

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Duration first review round 1.9 mnths compare →
Total handling time accepted manuscripts 3.8 mnths compare →
Decision time immediate rejection 24 days compare →
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Average number of review reports 1.9 compare →
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Quality of review reports 3.1 compare →
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Overall rating manuscript handling 2.5 (range 0-5) compare →

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First review round: 9.9 weeks. Overall rating: 1 (bad). Outcome: Rejected.

Motivation:
Scientific Reports advertises fast decision and constructive peer review, but the process is anything but. As other reviews here indicate, each submission requires a 2 week long quality check before it is sent to the editor. If one minute error is found, you have to start over. After the long process of waiting for review reports to come back (~2-3 months each time), the reviewers were clearly not knowledgeable about the subject matter. Comments from one reviewer in particular were not constructive and complained that the paper was not scientifically sound without providing justification. After two rounds of revision and satisfying two out of three reviewers, the editor decided to send the manuscript to a fourth reviewer who ultimately rejected it. Reviewers complained that the findings of the manuscript are not noteworthy even though the journal explicitly states not to make judgement on significance.

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