Possible reasons for the delay of an article's publication

Possible reasons for the delay of an article's publication

After the submission of documents for an article's publication to the journal, there can be delays which have a number of reasons. Knowledge about them helps overcome a long process of waiting. Let's consider the most common ones. 

 

Reason No. 1 is the incorrect making an application for the publication 

The primary condition, when submitting the documents for a research work's publication, is the correct entering one's data in the application. This process should be taken in the serious and responsible way. Because any inaccuracies and mistakes at the first stage can cause difficulties for the research indexing in the future.

 

Reason No. 2 is the peer review process

This is the longest stage which often delays the moment of publication. It depends on a large number of factors. Let's take a closer look.

  • If a researcher chooses Scopus for publication, then the issue of his research work can take from three to five months, and if it comes to Web of Science it can last up to a year. The reason for this is a long period of considering a research work. Peer reviewers are the specialists of an article's topic who have at least 3 publications in the past three years in this field. The analysis of a research work is an anonymous process. The specialists evaluate the actuality of the research and what value it brings to the scientific community. After that they decide if it worth publicating or not. It might happen that the opinions of two scientists differ. Then there is invited a third party who becomes decisive in the peer review process. This is also a factor of a publication's delay.

 

  • The stage of consideration is delayed due to the lack of peer reviewers. Not every reputable scientist has a lot of free time to evaluate the research works of the other authors. Moreover, if he is actively engaged in his research.
  • To initially protect a research work from long consideration or refusal in publication, it should be translated into academic English and given to a native speaker for proofreading. In addition to that, a research work should be formatted and structured in the correct way. The material's uniqueness should be at least 85%. Peer reviewers are very strict about this requirement and do not allow plagiarism in the works.
  • Delay of a peer review and a lot of questions to a research work will be caused by undisclosed subject and the idea of the research.

 

The longest delays of the publication of research works are observed among humanities, social and business sciences. The fastest peer review is among mathematical, physical and chemical sciences. By following these tips, one can minimize the possibility of long consideration or refusal.

 

Reason No. 3 is publication ethics

Publication ethics does not imply submission of a unique article by an author to more than one journal at one time. Only in case of refusal after a peer review a scientist sends again his research work for consideration to the other periodical.

 

An author can ignore publication ethics and send his article to several journals. If his research passes a strict peer review by experts and is published in more than one journal at one time, this will cause problems and definitely entail proceedings between periodicals for the rights to this research work. The reputation of a journal which will be the second to publish this article will be put into question. In the scientific community they will consider that it published plagiarism. Such incompetence from the side of an author threatens to exclude him from the database and bring legal proceedings. This will cause serios problems for a scientist in his scientific activity in the future.

 

Reason No. 4 is the problem with communication and effecting payment.

It happens that an article successfully passed a long and serious stage of a peer review, and a scientist has to pay the publication costs. He sends payment, for example, from Russia to India, but there happen some unforeseen difficulties: payment is delayed at some stage or even lost. Then begins the clarification of this issue by foreign specialists and for communication with whom one should have a good command of the English language. To avoid this situation, it is important to understand that the legislative and banking systems of different countries differ from each other. Every state has its own mechanisms and principles of the financial system functioning. A scientist should take this into account when sending a money transfer. Later, a researcher will be very difficult to cope with the problem arisen. This takes away his time and energy, causing additional trouble. Then what can be done to prevent this from happening?

 

The best solution for a scientist is at the beginning of his scientific and publishing career to turn to the company that provides mediation services. In such organizations there work specialists who are engaged in carrying out the negotiations with journals from the beginning to the publication, helping a scientist focus on his research. They are fluent in English and have extensive experience in solving the most complex problems. Their well-cooperated system of communication with foreign banks helps fix any problem in the fastest possible time unlike the attempts of an author to find a solution of this problem on his own.

 

Reason No. 5 is the situation when a journal did not publish an article in time.

 This is more related to the reason of organizational character or some force-majeure circumstances that can arise in the editorial board of a journal.

 

Also, there can be a variant when the situation with the final decision is not completely clear and the material is given back to the author for revision.  During 30 days he makes edits and submits it again for consideration. After that a final verdict is handed down. In case of positive consideration, a research work is placed in the "portfolio" of the editorial board for publication.

 

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