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I've submitted a new paper to Knowledge Based Systems journal for Elsevier.

But currently, after about 3 months, its status is still "Under Review"

I have to mention that about 6 weeks after the submission, its "status date" has been changed but its status not!

May you please tell me how long I have to wait for the decision about my paper?

I've checked the paper status in journalinsight.elsevier.com. For the journal, the first decision speed time is about 7.2 weeks. But my paper is still under review after about 3 months.

Thank you

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    Hi and welcome on this site. Review time has nothing to do with the publisher, it varies a lot between disciplines and individual journals. It even varies between individual submissions to the same journal. No one here can answer your question, check the linked post for averages per field. – Cape Code Nov 17 '16 at 11:34
  • The numbers in publishers' page tells nothing about the review speed. It is just a mean estimate of the review time. – Coder Nov 17 '16 at 12:06
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I have to mention that about 6 weeks after the submission, its "status date" has been changed but its status not!

The status date changed because, either the editor sent the paper for review or any of the reviewer accepted to review the manuscript. Either case is possible. The status changes/date changes occur when some step has been taken by the editorial side or reviewer side.

May you please tell me how long I have to wait for the decision about my paper?

I guess, nobody can give you a numeric estimate of this duration. It is completely dependent on the reviewer and their response to the editor's reminders. As a reviewer, we get around 4 weeks to review an article. However, they may remind us once or twice or sometimes give us an extension to do so. If the reviewer is very popular (bigshot), the editors sometimes don't care much about the timing rather focus on getting a strong and bias-free review from such reviewers. That takes time.

I've checked the paper status in journalinsight.elsevier.com. For the journal, the first decision speed time is about 7.2 weeks. But my paper is still under review after about 3 months.

I have been waiting for last 6 months (and counting) to get the very first review on my paper; not in this journal, but something similar. If you are so curious to know, you should send a very gentle email to the editor asking about it or just a hint to remind him about your article. Because, in a pile of many articles under review, the editors sometimes may not look into your article. Probably something like this:

Dear Editor

Could I ask you about the present status of the review of my following: submitted manuscript? Title: Knowledge-Based Analysis of Review period of the Journal X (ID: KBS-16-xxxxx)?

Sincerely

You

Remember, editors are busy persons; he many not respond to your email too. And, Computer Science/Mathematics journals often take a lot of time for review purpose -- This is well-observed fact. No proof of this hypothesis is required!

  • Thank you for your response. Actually, after about 3 weeks of the submission, the status changed from "With Editor" to "Under Review". And after about 6 weeks of the submission, without change of the status, the date has been changed. – Vilture Nov 17 '16 at 12:44
  • @Vilture that means one of the reviewer have submitted the review. Wait for other reviewers. Good luck! – Coder Nov 17 '16 at 12:45
  • Not sure what the date change could mean... It could be many things. But if you think it takes too long, a gentle email can always do the trick. – BioGeo Nov 17 '16 at 12:59

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