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I submitted a paper more than one month ago. The status of my submission is still "awaiting assignment". May I ask if this is normal? How long have I to wait before formally asking the editor about the status of my submission? My field is mathematics.

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It really depends on the journal. Have you been contacted by the editor upon receipt of your paper? If not, I would contact them immediately just to check up. A month is a long time to go with no word. My paper submissions (all to the Astrophysical Journal) have all been followed up by the editor within a week of initial submission.

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    There is an acknowledgement of receipt of my submission. However, I think it is computer generated. I did not received any follow-up email from the the editor. – Kasvy Jul 18 '14 at 2:19
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    Then it can't hurt to send them an email inquiring. – James Paul Mason Jul 18 '14 at 14:12

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