I submitted my paper to one of the Elsevier journals in the field of molecular biology and evolution, I've got one major revision back; I fixed the comments, and sent it back to the journal.

It is still "under review" for 1.5 months.

What I want to know is

  • Is it possible that this review comes out with another major revision?
  • how many major revisions can I get?
  • what are usually the time frames for the second round of reviews?
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    Several rounds of major revisions are certainly possible. – Marc Claesen Apr 4 '14 at 6:45
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    It's completely up to the editor. The publisher is irrelevant. – Nate Eldredge Apr 4 '14 at 6:59

To give this an answer:

  1. Yes, it is posisble that you are again asked to make major revisions.

  2. It's completely up to the editor to decide how many rounds of revisions are appropriate. There's not a fixed number for all the publisher's journals.

  3. You'll have to ask someone in your field, ideally someone who's published in that journal before. But it also depends a lot on how speedy the reviewer is, and how long the editor gives them.

  • Although I believe @Nate Eldredge is right, in that it's up to the editor, I do believe myself that the editor should have a very good reason to require more than one major revision - I've had a few cases where I felt that multiple 'major revision' steps were actually a mechanism for delay. – Mark Peletier Apr 5 '14 at 21:05

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