I've submitted an article to an Elsevier-based journal and after one month, an email has been received from Editor-in-chief stating: "Please upload figures separately from manuscript and resubmit it as soon as possible".

What does the email mean?

What will occur after resubmission?

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    What exactly are you asking? Why not just resubmit it with the figures separate, as asked? – Jeff Jan 20 '17 at 8:46
  • What will happen to my article? Accepted or rejected? Does this email good or bad? I sent all figures and resubmited manuscrpit 1 week ago – Sina Jan 20 '17 at 9:01
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    Please edit your question to include what you are asking in your comment above. Although I voted to close as "unclear what you're asking", I would retract my close vote after you include the info. – scaaahu Jan 20 '17 at 9:27
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    I think you're reading too much into that e-mail; it doesn't seem have any other meaning than the request to resubmit the manuscript with the figures as separate documents. "I look forward to..." is a phrase for politeness. – lighthouse keeper Jan 20 '17 at 9:33
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    Related question: What does the typical workflow of a journal look like? – scaaahu Jan 20 '17 at 9:43

It means that you should resubmit the manuscript with figures separately, as it is probably stated somewhere in the journal's instructions for authors.

They probably cannot deal with the formatting otherwise, and depending on field and journal I would say that it is quite likely that your manuscript has not yet been reviewed, as stuff not living up to guidelines tends to go to the bottom of the pile.

  • But mentioned at this email "i look forward to receiving your revised manuscript as soon as posible" – Sina Jan 20 '17 at 9:14
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    @Sina That's a polite phrase saying that you are requested to do upload the revised manuscript as soon as possible. It doesn't say anything about the chance of your manuscript for publication in this journal. – Roland Jan 20 '17 at 9:36
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    It is just a pleasantry. Like writing 'Kindest regards', even though you probably could give a kinder regard. – nabla Jan 20 '17 at 9:38
  • Thank you @Ronald, i thought my artcile is in review process. – Sina Jan 20 '17 at 9:39
  • I don't think there is any formatting involved here. They are at the stage where they just have to take the pdf and forward it to a couple of reviewers. – Federico Poloni Jan 20 '17 at 10:11

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