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Soil Biology and Biochemistry

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Duration first review round 2.0 mnths compare →
Total handling time accepted manuscripts 3.6 mnths compare →
Decision time immediate rejection 12 days compare →
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Overall rating manuscript handling 4.0 (range 0-5) compare →

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First review round: 13.3 weeks. Overall rating: 4 (very good). Outcome: Rejected.

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Two reviewers. One pointed out the problems regarding the rationale of the research question, and the comment definitely helped us improve the manuscript before submitting to another journal (accepted after minor revision). However, the other referee quibbled about well-established experimental procedure, which is used by thousands of researchers, without giving any reason. In the decision letter, the editor did not refer to the second reviewer, which I believe is fairly reasonable; but it seemed that SBB does not advance the manuscript unless both reviewers are unequivocally supportive, and therefore the editor did not ask for additional review.

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Disciplines: Microbiology, Soil science

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