What is the meaning of the "Complete and Send Review" status in the History tab of an Elsevier journal?

History Tab

  • What is the background of this situation? Are you a reviewer or a submitter? What happened to the paper before this?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 31, 2015 at 12:37
  • Before it was "under review " I'm a submitter..... Do you have any idea about this status
    – imran
    Dec 31, 2015 at 16:34
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    Are you sure to be submitter for this paper? The role is reviewer...strange status...maybe another paper where u are a reviewer? Check the id
    – venergiac
    Dec 31, 2015 at 17:02
  • Yes I am sure.. I'm the submitter of this paper.. This is my id only.. Might be they would have change the system... I'm in confusion right now
    – imran
    Dec 31, 2015 at 17:10
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    @imran: Contact them immediately. This does not seem to be a frequent bug (at least nobody reported having the same problem here). Thus, there is no reason to expect anyone at Elsevier to be aware of the problem. The editor will very likely notice this at best in a few weeks or months when the reviews are due. It could very well be that your paper is not assigned reviewers when it should be or similar and waiting with reporting this problem delays the review process with no benefit.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 3, 2016 at 7:55

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From your expanded screenshot, I would guess that complete and send review is supposed to actually mean review completed and sent, i.e., one of the reviewers completed their review and submitted it to the editorial system.

However, educated guessing is all I can do, and only asking Elsevier can provide clarification. It may be a more serious bug. Either way, there is something to improve here, so it cannot harm filing a bug report.

  • +1 There is a forum in China for econ. Somebody's got the very same status after sending a paper to Elsevier journal and raised a question about it. The answer is about the same as you said "one of the reviewers completed their review and submitted it to the editorial system" if translated into English. See the link in Chinese bbs.pinggu.org/…
    – Nobody
    Jan 4, 2016 at 12:47
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    @Wrzlprmft Yes you are right. I messaged the Elsevier support team and asked about the meaning fot that status.. They said the same as what you mentioned. They said one of the reviewer has completed and submitted the manuscript to the editor and the editor is waiting for review from some other reviewer. but I am not sure about how many reviewer will be reviewing my paper. Finally confusion cleared.. Big Thanks to all
    – imran
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:01
  • @imran: Did you poke them to change the wording of that status?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:53
  • @Wrzlprmft no, they saying that it is the correct status
    – imran
    Jan 4, 2016 at 18:39
  • My journal status is in same stage.. "under Review" for 54 days. Do I need to mail to the editor or simply wait for some more days.. Any Idea plz
    – imran
    Feb 8, 2016 at 6:44

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