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I recently submitted my paper to a journal 40-45 days back.

For the first 10 days, it was reviewed by the managing editor and sent to us for some format issues, etc.

Later, it has been under "Awaiting review scores" for the past 25 days.

And from the past few days, I see it as "Awaiting AE recommendation". I know the next stage is to Editor In chief. But my question is as below

a) Is it possible to be rejected at this point? Because we didn't receive any email till now on clarifications, request to revise something, etc. Could it mean direct rejection? Like reviewers gave low scores and it is bound for rejection?

b) For ex: Let's say the paper requires some revision based on reviewers. In that case, will it be communicated directly to us (by the managing editor) or even request for revisions/clarifications will also happen through "AE" and "EIC"

c) Am I right to understand that based on the info that I shared, there are only two possible outcomes. Either outright reject or acceptance notification is the next possible step? No revisions because it is already "Awaiting AE recommendation"

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    Yes, it could be rejected. But it could also have other outcomes, including requesting revision. Don't make assumptions. There is no oracle for such things. This is probably a duplicate, but I won't mark it as such since my vote would be definitive. Others might, however.
    – Buffy
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 13:42
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    There is nothing to be gained by obsessing over these things. Beyond making sure that your paper isn't forgotten, just wait until you learn of the outcome.
    – Arno
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 13:44

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In journals that use Manuscript central, there are a few possibilities. Since there is no way to know specifics, in general, and AE can do one of the following depending on how the recommendation task is set up:

  1. Make a recommendation. (Accept, reject, more reviews needed).
  2. Make a decision. (some journals allow this at this point in the workflow)
  3. Add more reviewers, and continue the peer review process.

Hope this helps.

Note: I am a ScholarOne employee, but my opinions/answers are my own.

  • I don’t think this addresses the fact that the OP can certainly still get a revise and resubmit recommendation. Seems to be the crux of the b and c sub questions above.
    – Dawn
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 20:45
  • The specifics of what could happen are totally dependent on the journal workflow. At a high level, 3 main actions are typically available to the AE. They can make a recommendation, they can make a decision, or they can get more reviews. Each journal decides whats available based on their specific workflow and business process. What is available to a particular AE on a particular journal is not definable without more information. Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 0:18
  • Thanks. Upvoted and accepted
    – The Great
    Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 0:47

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