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We have submitted one article to a journal. The editor gave us two weeks for the final manuscript submission. However, he also informed us if more time is absolutely necessary then he can allow us some more time. We have sent him two emails asking some more time. But, he never responded. What should we do now? If I take some more time, will my article be automatically considered as a new one (in the email, he has written so)? Or should I send him some more mails until he replies.

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These things are almost always at the discretion of the editor. If you notified him that you need more time, you are probably in the clear. But even if for some reason the manuscript database of the journal decides that you took more than 2 weeks and forces you to submit your revised paper as a new manuscript, the editor will still send it to the previous reviewers and treat it as if it was a revision. That's because any other course simply makes no sense from the perspective of the editor.

In other words, the worst that can happen is that the date of submission on the final, published version of the paper is the date when you submitted the revised version, rather than the original. There are likely very few cases where that actually makes a difference.

In summary: Don't worry too much about this technicality.

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  • thanks a lot. does this depend on the journal? say for example if the journal is IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. another thing: should I explain this situation in the cover letter to the editor (if I do not get any email from him)? – New Guy Nov 10 '16 at 19:27
  • The details might depend on the the journal, but the basics are the same everywhere. It probably makes sense to say something "This is the requested revision for manuscript XXYYZZ. As mentioned in my email from 11/10/2016, I needed a couple more weeks to do the revisions, but here they finally are." – Wolfgang Bangerth Nov 10 '16 at 21:59

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