Unit 3: Responding to the Editorial Decision

Unit Objective

By the end of this unit, you’ll understand different possible editorial decisions and how to respond to each one.

Unit Reading

Preliminary Review

Once you’ve submitted your manuscript to an OJS journal, it will first receive a brief review by an editor to make sure it fits within the focus and scope of the journal (see Module 4, Unit 2). For example, if you submit a history paper to a biology journal, it would be rejected at this early stage. If you’ve written a competent manuscript (see Module 3) and carefully selected the journal as a good match for your research area (see Module 4, Unit 1), then you shouldn’t have any problems passing this stage.

If you are rejected at this early stage, review the comments made by the editor. You may need to strengthen your manuscript or find another journal that more closely matches your research area.

Editorial Decisions

Once past this preliminary review, the editor will send copies of your manuscript to peer reviewers for closer inspection. The editor will review their comments, make a decision, and communicate that decision to you. As discussed in Module 4, Unit 2, there are typically 4 responses that you could receive from the editor:

  • Reject
  • Substantial revision required (often requiring another round of peer review)
  • Some revision required
  • Accept with no changes

This video will show you how to respond to the editor in OJS when some revisions are required.

Further Reading


If you made a submission to the test journal for the previous activities in this module, send me a direct email and let me know that you are ready to have an editorial decision made. I’ll mark it as Revisions Required and send it back to you. This will get some hands-on experience with this process.

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