Introduction to the review process
This section gives you information about what happens to your article after you have submitted it, including how the peer review process works. We explain what the next steps will be and what to expect.
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Please read this guide produced by Sense About Science. The guide explains how peer review works, some limitations of the peer review process, and the role of peer review in society.
We've brought together tips from some of our journal editors on peer review and how to make sure that your paper gets that far.
Advice from Professor Michael Reiss, Editor of Sex Education:
"There's no doubt that as an Editor, when you first get a submission, what you're doing is two things: at one level you're simply filtering so, a fairly small proportion, we're probably only talking about twenty, twenty-five percent, do not get sent out by me for review, that's because they fall into one of a number of categories. Sometimes they simply fall outside the scope of the journal."
Advice from Professor Stephen Ball, Editor of Journal of Education Policy:
"Some people who send papers ... simply send it to the wrong journal and that's becoming increasingly the case ... And it's surprising how many people submit papers clearly never having read the journal, never opened a page of the journal or read on the website what it is the journal's interested in. And increasingly, as the Managing Editor, I'm fielding papers at the initial stage which we would never send out for review and I write back and I say sorry, this doesn't fit within the remit of our journal."
Advice from Professor Len Barton, Editor of Disability and Society:
"I do think this is important for a number of reasons, but I want to say it, it's important that authors remember that where referees' comments have been helpful, and hopefully they will be helpful because in many ways they are quite detailed and specific, it is appropriate in the revised submission that their contribution is acknowledged in the paper. Very, very few people acknowledge the helpfulness of referees."
Advice from John Wallace, Editor of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education:
"One needs to submit in order to get feedback. In our journal we welcome submissions; we want people to put their work forward. One shouldn’t forget that in making a submission you are getting a bunch of people to work for you and when you submit an article to a journal you’ve got a good handful of experienced people at work. The Editor, the reviewers are all giving you feedback and it’s free. What you do with it is then up to you but submit, get the feedback and then work through the feedback systematically and resubmit. So my piece of advice in a nutshell is encouragement. Get your work submitted to the journal and let us do some work on your behalf, and then work hard to resubmit. Eventually, persistence pays off, you will get published."
Frequently asked questions
How can I find out what stage my article is at?
If it has not yet been accepted, please contact the editorial office of the journal, or use the tracking facility provided by any electronic submission system you have used. If it has been accepted, contact your production editor by logging into CATS (the Taylor & Francis Central Article Tracking System).
How can I find out the contact details of an academic editor?
If these are available, there will be a link on the Editorial Board tab for the journal.
How long does the peer review process take?
This is likely to be different for each journal. If the journal published submission and acceptance dates, this will give an indication, and the editor or editorial office should also be able to tell you.
How can I submit a revision using ScholarOne Manuscripts?
If you need to submit a revision of your article, you can do so from your Author Centre. Please do not start a new submission. Locate your original article in your Author Dashboard, and click on “Create a revision.” If your revision deadline has expired, please contact the editorial office of the journal, who will be able to provide further assistance. You will need to view and respond to the decision letter when you submit a revision. Enter your response to the reviewers' comments into the text box. Delete your original files, and upload the new revised files at the File Upload stage. Only the final revised version of your article should be logged in ScholarOne. If you have submitted your revised article correctly, it will have the same ID number as your original, with .R1 appended to it: TANDF-2010-0014.R1
How can I get an extension on uploading my revised article?
Please contact the journal directly. The editor may be able to grant you an extension. Please note that only the final version of the article that has been peer-reviewed, revised, and approved by the editorial team should be logged in the ScholarOne account. Any duplicates may cause delays.
What can I do if my affiliation changes?
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring all address, email, and telephone data are correct for all named co-authors. The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. No changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
How can I make changes to an article that I have already submitted?
Please contact the editor or editorial office if you need to make changes before you receive proofs. Please read our guidance here on checking proofs.
My article has been accepted. What will happen next?
The editor will send your article to the production editor at Taylor & Francis. You will then receive an email from the production editor with further details. Your article will then go through various production processes before you receive proofs to check.