My research field is pure mathematics. I received a major revision of one of my articles. I sent the revised version, and the editor said he would let us know the decision after referee's recommendation. Since then it has been 2 months, but yet to receive the decision.

  • How long does it take to give a decision after revision?
  • Should I contact the editor to know about the update, if any?



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Should I contact the editor to know about the update ...

You may gently nudge the editor via the journal system. However, 60 days isn't too long for a major revision. It all depends on the discipline and journal process: though there are other factors.

Before contacting the editor, you might want to consider the following

How long does it take to give a decision after revision?

The timeframe varies from journal to journal and on various factors. Some journals might give median times: Physical Review editor was given here. You might need to check with the journal.


I would do nothing at this stage.

When you submit a revision, the editor will send it back out to the original reviewers (assuming they agree). That in itself will take a bit of time - sometimes the editor doesn't have time to do it immediately, and people could take time to agree.

Then, typically I would expect to be allowed at least 2 months (perhaps 3) to check a major revision. And it would probably take this long: when I get asked to do this, I will accept but I will almost always have other reviewing tasks that I accepted earlier and are more pressing. This is different from checking a minor revision, which is often straightforward enough that it can jump the queue without unduly delaying other things.

For context, I have currently been waiting just over two months to hear back about a minor revision (in pure math). People can be busy, especially at this time of year. I am just going to carry on waiting for the time being.

  • Thank you so much. I agreed
    – learner
    Commented Jun 17, 2023 at 13:02

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