Reviews for "Health Policy"

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
Health Policy Drawn back before first editorial decision after 182 days Drawn back
Motivation: This article never left the editor's desk after 6 months and numerous follow-up emails. So we withdrew it. We submitted in mid-March. A few very minor technical issues (which could have been sorted out after acceptance, and for which there seemed to contradictory advice) delayed it twice. It was sent back once, and the next time it sat for a couple of weeks with a tiny issue, but without notifying us. So it was formally submitted mid-April. That was the last communication of substance we received. We followed up on the website a few times, with a couple of vague responses received. The last two emails were unanswered. More recently, we emailed the publishers only to receive a patronizing email saying it was under control in 'due course'. Really, we should stop being impatient. Given this was a major multi-country survey of direct policy relevance to Covid-19, patience really was not at issue.
Health Policy 75.0
weeks
81.6
weeks
n/a 4 5
(excellent)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Health Policy 10.7
weeks
43.4
weeks
n/a 2 3
(good)
0
(very bad)
Drawn back
Motivation: Sorry, but here was no checkbox for the possibility that the editor did never answer after two revisions (I put there the date when the paper was withdrawn). I should explain - the first reviewer was constructive, we followed his/her suggestions, the paper improved, he/she did not have further comments; the second reviewer had mostly comments that we could not accept, he was not satisfied with our explanations. Probably the Editor could not decide and he never informed us. After 27.6 weeks and four unanswered e-mails to the Editorial Office we withdrew the paper.
Health Policy 7.7
weeks
14.3
weeks
n/a 2 4
(very good)
4
(very good)
Accepted
Health Policy Drawn back before first editorial decision after 167 days Drawn back
Motivation: After 5 1/2 months in submission the paper had not even been sent to reviewers. On contacting them the publishers said there was a considerable backlog following 'editorial restructuring' and that they couldn't predict a review time. Messages sent to the editorial team received no reply at all... As I wanted my research reported this year I withdrew the paper and resubmitted to another journal. Health Policy is a quality journal, but it's clearly having difficulties at the present time and I would think twice about submitting any time critical papers to them