All reviews received by SciRev

Journal title Average duration Review reports
(1st review rnd.)
(click to go to journal page) 1st rev. rnd Tot. handling Im. rejection Number Quality Overall rating Outcome
International Journal of Medical Informatics n/a n/a 12.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: Very minimal explanation just saying the article was uninteresting for them.
European Journal of Forest Research n/a n/a 34.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 15.3
weeks
19.7
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: Good journal, but the process leaves room for improvements. The first round took a long time only to get short reviews. One reviewer was unreasonable with baseless comments in multiple rounds, and the editor didn't seem keen to help (editors shouldn't be just forwarding reviews). Another reviewer was quite positive, so that helped. The paper got accepted after long rebuttals. After the long first round, the process wasn't that long overall (and the editor was prompt), but it could have been faster and smoother if unreasonable reviewers are not given attention and if editors are active in identifying such cases and communicate with the authors. After acceptance, the PDF was produced quickly.
Chemical Communications 3.1
weeks
3.3
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
1
(bad)
Accepted
Motivation: This is a continuation of a previous review. I rebutted the editorial desk rejection after which the manuscript was sent for review and it scored very well with reviewers. Thus, it is obvious that the desk rejection was erroneous and had I not argued against the initial decision, it would have been dumped and we would be figuring out what to do next. Editorial desk rejections are likely to be biased by the interests/expertise of the editor and are generally not likely to truly assess any specific piece of work.
Aerosol and Air Quality Research 6.3
weeks
6.9
weeks
n/a 3 4
(very good)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Food Science and nutrition n/a n/a 7.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: Our paper was rejected (desk rejection) after a few days. Very good speed, however, no reason was given. We published earlier in this journal (6 months ago) and had a good experience with the journal.
Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties 12.9
weeks
16.0
weeks
n/a 3 5
(excellent)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Motivation: Based on the queries posed by the editorial board member and the two reviewers, one could conclude that they were subject experts. Their suggestions and corrections were carried out. After which the manuscript was completely transformed and I felt that the manuscript made more sense in its present form than in the original form. Also, the work was highly appreciated by the board member.
Microsystem Technologies Drawn back before first editorial decision after 281 days Drawn back
Social Science and Medicine 17.9
weeks
25.1
weeks
n/a 3 5
(excellent)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Motivation: Given the breadth of the document (literature review), the handling time was good. We received three comprehensive and fair reviews in the first round, and two reviews with minor changes in the second round. Communication with editor and production team was very good. The online Editorial Manager systems still feels a bit clunky; however, it has already been improved since our last submission.
Social Studies of Science n/a n/a 2.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: Very quick and amicable response by the editor of the journal giving a reason for rejection but encouraging submission in journal with another focus.
Journal of General Internal Medicine 2.4
weeks
2.4
weeks
n/a 3 3
(good)
3
(good)
Rejected
NaKaN: A Journal of Cultural Studies Immediately accepted after 0.7 weeks Accepted (im.)
Motivation: NaKaN handles review assessments very quickly. The evaluation process is neutral, clearly defined and communicated personally to individual contributors.
School Effectiveness and School Improvement Drawn back before first editorial decision after 244 days Drawn back
Motivation: The status of the manuscript was "Under review" for almost eight months, so we assumed reviewers had been found but the process was taking longer than expected. When we checked in with the journal after almost eight months, we were informed that they had not actually managed to find even one reviewer. They had not got in touch with us during all this time to explain what was happening. The editor was copied into our correspondence with the editorial office but chose not to respond to us directly. We withdrew the paper after wasting eight months.
Biochemistry 3.9
weeks
6.4
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
3
(good)
Accepted
Science of the Total Environment 4.3
weeks
7.8
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Motivation: Great experience. The review process was fast and reviewers raised good and constructive points.
Hong Kong Medical Journal 10.6
weeks
10.6
weeks
n/a 3 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Rejected
iScience n/a n/a 7.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: We received a notification about rejecting the manuscript from the editor on April 5, due to the manuscript does not fit editorial criteria.
Globalization and Health 4.0
weeks
4.0
weeks
n/a 3 4
(very good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: We submitted to this journal twice in the past. The editors were very professional and provided useful and pertinent comments. The review quality was good. In general, we had a pleasant experience with this journal: fast, efficient and good review quality. I would submit here again.
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology n/a n/a 152.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: We submitted our manuscript to Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology (BMC) in early December 2021. We received a confirmation of receipt after this. According to the submission system, the journal tried to find reviewers for the manuscript. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We inquired about the current status two times and offered help in finding suitable reviewers. On both occasions, we received the same reply stating that they tried to find reviewers. After more than 5 months, our manuscript was desk rejected after internal peer review. No reasons were given. We received news that there was a technical error and the journal apologized in a very impersonal way. We were highly disappointed - particularly with regard to the fact that we inquired two times about the manuscript status. We cannot recommend this journal.
Political Science Research and Methods n/a n/a 50.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
BMC Public Health 21.7
weeks
27.7
weeks
n/a 2 2
(moderate)
1
(bad)
Rejected
Motivation: My experience is in accordance with other reviews here. The review process is very slow and the communication with the journal is not good. Our submitted manuscript was sent for peer review and we received reports after 5 months. We resubmitted the revised manuscript within 2.5 weeks addressing all the comments. We felt that one reviewer report was very professional, the other reviewer was not experienced in the field. Afterwards, something surprising happened. We received comments from two _new_ reviewers. Their comments requested the exact opposite as the first two reviewers. Our manuscript was rejected. I would not submit here again. It is a waste of time with poor communication. I may add that our manuscript was sent back once randomly: a person in the editorial office hit the wrong button (and apologized for it). I would not recommend BMC Public Health.
Nutrients 4.7
weeks
5.3
weeks
n/a 3 4
(very good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: The manuscript was sent out for external peer review fast. We received comments from 3 reviewers. The comments helped us to improve the quality of the article. We were asked to revise the methodology and statistical part of the manuscript. The handling editor responded quickly.
IEEE Access 17.4
weeks
43.4
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
1
(bad)
Drawn back
Motivation: I cannot believe how incompetent IEEE Access were. It took us more than 11months to get through the peer review process. After the first peer review round (that took almost 4 months), we addressed the reviewers comments. After resubmitting the manuscript, the paper was went to one of the same reviewers who outright said it is acceptable for publication without any further edits. The second reviewer asked us to add one reference and to reorganize a paragraph. The editor still recommended revising and resubmission. We implemented the changes and sent it again for review. However after we sent it, the peer reviewing process took 5+ months. We contacted the journals more than 4 times and every time, we got a reply saying that the reviewers are still reviewing the changes, without further clarifications.

IEEE access usually gives the reviewers 10-14 days to review articles, so this was completely uncommon.

Also, the reasons why the editor rejected the manuscript, while all reviewers accepted it were unknown and we never got a response on why this decision was made.

After all this hassle, we finally decided to withdraw our manuscript and send it to another journal.

Very bad publication experience.
Acta Geotechnica 15.3
weeks
30.1
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 16.0
weeks
39.6
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
2
(moderate)
Accepted
Motivation: The quality of the reviews is fine. However, I experienced the review process as rather slow (especially 2nd and 3rd round which were only minor changes). Also the period after acceptance took more than 4 months.
Cell Reports 10.6
weeks
13.6
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: Long revision process but after one round of revision it was accepted. Initial comments were helpful but one reviewer misunderstood the manuscript. After revisions the manuscript has improved significantly and all three reviewers were satisfied.
Genome Biology n/a n/a 7.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Genome Research n/a n/a 37.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Bioinformatics 6.7
weeks
10.1
weeks
n/a 2 5
(excellent)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Applied Materials Today 5.0
weeks
6.0
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Motivation: Fast handling. No complaints.
Advanced Materials n/a n/a 8.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Progress in Materials Science n/a n/a 304.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: We don't have a response yet, 1 year after submission, even after contacting the Editor.
Materials Today n/a n/a 49.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Motivation: Almost two months for desk rejection.
Journal of Controlled Release 3.0
weeks
3.1
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
5
(excellent)
Accepted
Motivation: Very fast handling. Totally recommend it.
Advanced Materials 3.0
weeks
3.0
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
4
(very good)
Rejected
Motivation: The handling was fast. One reviewer highly recommended it with lots of compliments. The other one criticized it, was skeptical, and said there are no clinical and in vivo data yet, which is not entirely true.
Advanced Functional Materials n/a n/a 7.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Small n/a n/a 14.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Nature Nanotechnology n/a n/a 3.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)
Advanced Healthcare Materials 2.0
weeks
2.0
weeks
n/a 2 2
(moderate)
2
(moderate)
Rejected
Motivation: This was a transfer from Advanced Materials. The same negative reviewer was called, and the manuscript rejected.
Nano Today n/a n/a 7.0
days
n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.)