The paper status got Under Review directly after submission, with the name of an ADM. But it is around two weeks nothing changed.

What is the next stage in IEEE and how long does it take? Does it need to assign EIC and then AE? Is two weeks considered as a long time for IEEE to be in this status?

Does it mean that the ADM is in trouble to find an appropriate AE to accept handling of the paper?

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IEEE journals are not monolithic and timing and handling differ. As a first step, someone looks at the paper, often a graduate student, to find candidates for a desk reject or to ask submitters to follow the style guidelines. Then the editor looks at the paper and assigns an AE who then tries to find reviewers. Sometimes AE beg to be let off because they are experiencing a busy time. There is a deadline given to the AE, but since finding reviewers is difficult, this deadline is often not met. There are often time lags between status changes on the website and the actual workflow.

The delay you observed can be caused by many different causes and even someone with intimate knowledge of the workflow at the journal could only speculate. For example, most people involved might be traveling to the same big conference or there might have been a random surge in submissions.

In any case, you submitted, and now you get to wait. IEEE from my experience is very careful at handling quality submissions and cases where a paper gets lost in the process for some time are extremely rare. There are mechanisms in place to find these cases and a reasonable time to a decision is a goal of the editing process. If you stay in academia, you will get used to waiting for a decision.

  • Therefore, you mean that ADM is the graduate student and I must wait for the next step that means "editor assigned"? And then, assigning to an AE? you mean my paper hasn't been sent to editor yet? Is this stage shown is scholarone system too and I can understand it is taking the editor round?
    – m123
    Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 19:12
  • If you read my answer then you will realize that (1) journals differ, (2) the ADM could (but does not have to be) a graduate student employed by the journal, and (3) the website does not have to reflect the state accurately. If your paper were to have failed the "smell test", you would likely heard about it a desk reject by now. Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 23:15
  • Aha, thanks alot.
    – m123
    Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 12:35

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