This happened many times, and following are some cases:

  1. You submit an article to a good journal with high impact factor. Then after 6 months or sometimes more you dont receive their comments. We tried once to contact them to see the updates they replied ( it is currently under review we will reply once finished).

  2. Many times they reply after a long period with (out of scope).

What is the best action to do in such cases?

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    If this has happened many times, it is an indication that you are choosing the wrong journals. Mar 16, 2018 at 7:50
  • What is the discipline? Average review times vary greatly between fields.
    – Ubiquitous
    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:07

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Generally Editor takes decision on a Manuscript based on minimum two reviewers comments. So one possible reason is the required reviews are not completed yet. Followings are few points which are responsible for it.

  • Editor has contacted many suitable and potential reviewers, but at least two of them has not agreed to act as a reviewer of your manuscript.
  • Minimum two reviewers have agreed, but one or both of them are delaying to submit their comments
  • Sometimes, editor does not satisfy with the one or both reviewers comments, so again he/she send your manuscript to another reviewers.

So there are many things are in behind. But most of the journals generally takes 2-4 months for the first decision and some journal takes more than 6 months and some even more than 1 year depending on above situations.. So if you are in hurry to get this publication and can't wait more, then you may request to the Editor for a final decision at the earliest possible, otherwise you are going to withdraw your manuscript. Since there are number of suitable journal available, so you will definitely find another one.

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