I am in the situation where I submitted an article 1 year and 4 months ago. I already asked to editors about the status nearly five months ago and they replied they are still waiting for the referee answer and that they were going to ask to expedite the process.

I didn’t receive other news since them, and I don’t know if it will be time to contact them again. Would it be considered impolite? What is your suggestion?

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    You should contact them ASAP. Considered impolite or not, you have the right for a timely review. – Alexandros Mar 23 '16 at 10:36
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    Then you should ask again. If that doesn't work: academia.stackexchange.com/q/16502/19607 – Kimball Mar 23 '16 at 10:44
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    You might want to state your field, though in this case this only serves to distinguish between such classifications as very long and outrageously long. – Wrzlprmft Mar 23 '16 at 10:50
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    Ah, math. Reviewers do not like to taint their brain with infectious ideas from others, so they sip the paper only line by line. – Captain Emacs Mar 23 '16 at 11:07
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    @WetLabStudent That is long for even a rather involved math paper. It is very long for a short elementary article. – Kimball Mar 23 '16 at 23:18

I suspect that if you've not heard anything after a year then either they have a HUGE backlog of papers or they have rejected your paper and did not have the decency to tell you. Sorry. I think we've all been there at least once. :-(

  • It's happened to me several times. – querist Mar 23 '16 at 14:40

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