I submitted a paper to a reputable and high IF journal, which is declaring an expedited review and publication process.
Papers are usually published in about 30 days (45 at most, but it is pretty unfrequent).
My paper has been ‘with editor’ for two weeks, meaning that it has not been sent to the reviewers yet. With this timeframe I’m doubting that the process is going to be expedited as declared on the journal website.
If the paper is still with editor in the next one/two weeks, would it be ethical to withdraw it?
It’s not really important that other journals can be slower, the matter is that my paper is being late compared to the journal standards.
I do not believe the editor is considering a bench-rejection as the paper of this project have always been published smoothly and often appraised by the referees. And the paper is clearly not out of scope.