I submitted a paper to PRA: Rapid Communications. I was asked to resubmit because my supplemental material was too long and contained material that should be in the main text.

In the meantime, however, I got positive community feedback on the preprint and was reminded of the existence of PRX: Quantum. So I wish to transfer my new submission to PRX: Quantum.

My expectation is that PRX: Quantum will be more selective than PRA: Rapid Communications. Would you expect that a direct transfer of my paper from PRA: Rapid Communications to PRX: Quantum will hurt my chances compared to a direct submission to PRX: Quantum?

Remember, the paper has not yet been reviewed and has not been rejected on any substantial ground.

UPDATE: I explained the situation and the paper was transferred to PRX Quantum and is under review.

  • I didn't know that anyone directly submits a Rapid Communication.
    – user151413
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 0:11
  • I'd guess that PRX and PRA have the same editorial standards. Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:06
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    They have different editorial standards but are part of the same institution.
    – Ben
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:07
  • @AnonymousPhysicist PRX and PRA don't have the same editorial standards. (For one thing, PRX cares about "fancy-ness".) However, this is "PRX Quantum", which is an entirely new journal - so I guess it is not clear where it will stand.
    – user151413
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 16:53

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Write to the editor and ask for a transfer, explaining the situation. The editor will tell you what the preferred action is. Asking for a transfer, rather than withdrawing and resubmitting on your own will not hurt your chances, rather the opposite, as the editor then knows what is going on - and you don't risk to fall under some rule of the manuscript need to only be submitted to one journal at a time. Since both journals are under the same umbrella, they should have no problem at all with this.

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