We had submitted a research article to one of the journals in the field of Computer Science one(1) months back. Within 2 days of submission, the status changed from Submitted to journal to With Editor.

However, it has been more than 1 months that the paper has been showing this status as With Editor.

I do understand that majority of CS journals paper quickly can not find a suitable reviewer for review. However, I don't think it is justified to wait for more than 1 months for the same to go for Review.

Should I send a gentle reminder to the editorial board? Or, is it too early.

We are worried because the if the results of the paper gets accepted, then we can progress our work to another level.

N.B. I don't think it is decent to Withdraw the manuscript.

I did search previous question, but could not find it useful.

  • Seems strange to me. But what do I know? I was in a different field. For a mathematics paper, you would not send a query until 6 months have passed. Some would say, a year. It seems strange that you have to wait for publication before you can continue your work. – GEdgar Oct 10 '16 at 14:11
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    Likely the editor is in the process of lining up reviewers who agree to review the paper. Or, it is under discussion by the editors if it should even go out for review. These things all take time, and should not prevent you from continuing to make progress. – Jon Custer Oct 10 '16 at 15:35
  • I did not downvote, but one reason for the downvote may be that you ask totally different questions in the title (Why is that?) and in the body (What should I do?). – Dirk Oct 10 '16 at 16:06
  • @Dirk I have both the things listed because in some journals it shows "With Editor" and in some journals it shows "Editor Assigned". So, to make it a general question, I have listed. However, you could edit for clarity. Thanks for the comment. – Coder Oct 10 '16 at 17:15
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    By the way, waiting for an acceptance to progress with your work is not a good thing to do. Publication in a journal might take a long time (more than 12 months). If your later work needs to cite your previous work that is not published yet, you could create a technical report out of the previous work and cite that report. – mdd Oct 11 '16 at 17:05

I'm in a different field.

Best source to answer your question is unlikely to be on this site.

Do you know anybody personally who's published in that journal and who would be able to answer your question from experience?

Next, check the instructions to authors on the journal publisher's website, where the publication work-flow might be explained, including any slowdown in the process.

Once you've checked this, if you cannot find any specific information that would answer your question, send an email to the journal editor you're meant to have as your main contact.

Assuming you get an answer, you'll be clearer on the publication schedule for your article.

Agreeing with your N.B. If you're currently not clear about the situation, withdrawing the article without further update might be a waste of time, for all involved, and you could alienate the editor of a journal you're potentially interested in publishing in further.

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