I submitted a paper to a prestigious control journal. The editor provided the following review:
The decision is that your contribution cannot be accepted for publication in [the journal] in its present form. It needs substantial revision in order to possibly become publishable. Overall the decision is paper rejected provisionally.
The editor has invited me to revise and resubmit.
Is "paper rejected provisionally" equivalent to "major revision" ?
Will you advise me to politely inquire the editor about it so that there is no confusion. I mean before revising I want to be sure that there is some chance that the paper can be accepted if I incorporate the reviewer's comments.