We submitted an article to a SCI Elsevier journal. The Elsevier website has clearly mentioned that submission to first decision takes 4.5 weeks, submission to
final decision takes 4.7 weeks and acceptance to citable online takes 7.2 weeks.
After 60 days of submission I sent an inquiry email and editor replied just one line that the review process will take at least 1 year. I selected this journal based on IF, Q factor and most importantly the review process was quick. After hearing editor's response I decided to withdraw the article and submit it to other fast track journal.
- Is it a valid reason to withdraw the under review article (as the wrong information was conveyed by the journal)?
- Any suggestion how should I compose my email for withdrawal?
- Is it possible the editor might refuse the withdrawal request?