After a first round of revision, I have a paper whose status on Elsevier is "Accept, after minor Revision". Indeed, referees pointed out some revisions (very minor ones) which are relatively easy to be fulfilled. I made the necessary modifications in one day. My question, is really a bad signal to resubmit very quickly a paper? What can be pros and cons of that?

  • What do you mean by "quickly"? In my experience, "resubmit quickly" means months or three Commented Dec 16, 2018 at 21:23
  • It really depends. The multiple choice offered to referees is as such that minor revision might be correcting an arrow or a comma or otherwise easy but still time and care requiring changes. You are the only one who knows that.
    – Alchimista
    Commented Dec 17, 2018 at 10:53

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As long as you don't exceed the deadline, I don't think it really matters - it won't get "more accepted" for being resubmitted quickly. Of course, sometimes it can help getting it into production faster.

However, if you have spare time I'd suggest not rushing the resubmission. While you could get away with taking a day, consider taking closer to a week. Forget about the paper for a couple of days, and carefully proofread it again - both the revisions, and the unchanged parts.

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    "As long as you don't exceed the deadline," Usually you can exceed the deadline. Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 19:13
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    @AnonymousPhysicist True, but given how minor the revisions appear to be in this case, it seems unnecessary to even consider waiting that long to resubmit, and unnecessarily testing the editor's patience.
    – Anyon
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 21:53

Don't overthink it, nobody is going to notice, and if someone notices, they won't care.

The paper is the only thing that matters, if all the reviewers' remarks were addressed (either by changing stuff or by providing a reasonable argument not to change), then it's done, better sooner than later.

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    +1. It may even be an advantage as it gets the paper into the production system sooner.
    – Buffy
    Commented Dec 15, 2018 at 15:19

If it's not unreasonable that the edits could be made in a day, there's no reason to hide the fact that you addressed everything in only a day.


A one day turnaround is not unreasonable for minor revisions. Think about how documents are processed in the work world.

Also, note that minor revisions may even mean the paper does not go back to the reviewers but the editor just looks at it and signs off on it. He sees that you have made the changes. Also, good if your cover letter is clear for him. "I have implemented all changes except number 5 of reviewer 2, which is no longer relevant based on other changes". Or whatever the story is.

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