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I have submitted a manuscript five months ago and received the first decision of the journal which was "Major revision". The first reviewer recommended accept after major revision. His comments were minor except two comments that suggested we address some questions, which I have decided to leave to our future research due to their complexity. The comments of the other reviewer were all minor. I was able to address all the reviewers comments and justified the reason I left the two major comments of the first reviewer to my future research.

However, the issue is that the due date of submitting the revision is still two months from now and I'm asking:

Would it give a bad impression to the editor and referees if I submitted the revision only one week after receiving the decision?

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  • What's the question? There's no question mark in what you've written.
    – Allure
    Jul 31 at 13:07
  • The question has been edited.
    – Med Med
    Jul 31 at 13:14
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    " The first reviewer recommended accept after major revision." So the referee thought that a major revision of the paper was suitable for the journal and implicitly that the paper in its present form is not suitable. You have now made some minor revisions. (And explained that you intend to keep the good stuff for later papers .... ) I wouldn't be surprised if you now got from the editor "not in present form although willing to consider a new version dealing with the issues previously raised". Jul 31 at 15:48

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First of all, submitting your revised manuscript before the due date is not a problem. The problem that matters is addressing the referees comments carefully, because this will have a major impact in the next decision that will be associated to your manuscript.

Secondly, based on your answer to @Buffy. I must say that your reasons for leaving these questions to your future research work must be solid and supported by solid references illustrating the complexity of these questions and why they merit to be left to future work.

Finally, give a great attention to the other questions of the referees and address them all carefully, especially those of the referee who asked the two open questions, so that they are left with the impression that apart from the open questions, you have addressed all their other concerns carefully.

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    In many cases, there is nothing published that points to a question being a hard open problem. It should be acceptable to for the author to say that they have contemplated a problem for months or years and see no way forward. Most referees will accept that things that look easy are often not. There are open problems that get discussed and do not get written down as open problems. Indeed, this paper may be the place to first write this down as an important open problem. Aug 1 at 17:11
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You are taking a risk, probably a large one, not by submitting quickly, but by not addressing one of the reviewers comments in this paper and leaving it for future work. Given that, a quick response is justified, but it leaves you vulnerable to a rejection.

If the editor, ultimately, decides that the work is incomplete for not addressing those "major revision" comments then you could well be rejected.

If you have a couple of months, then I'd suggest that you see what you can do about addressing those comments directly and explore, at least, a major revision.

The editor probably isn't going to make final decisions merely on voting by the referees, but on the nature of the comments they make and how you address them. Risky.

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  • I should mention that the reason why I left the two comments is that they are still open questions and merit to be treated independently, due to their complexity (I have added the suitable references justifying this claim for simpler cases) on one hand and due to the length of the current manuscript on the other. Moreover, in the first manuscript, it was mentioned that the focus will not be on the topic of these questions. Note that there were 8 other comments of the first reviewer who have been addressed accordingly as well as all the other comments of the other referee.
    – Med Med
    Jul 31 at 13:40
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    That may be enough for the editor unless the other reviewer disagrees with the difficulty/complexity of settling the open questions. Take a look at that, at least, but you may be fine.
    – Buffy
    Jul 31 at 16:10

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