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Taking the editorial decision

Accessing decisions

Once expected reports are received on a version, the article will switch to 'Waiting editorial decision'. This unlocks new actions related to editorial decisions:


If these buttons are missing, this means that there is still at least one referee invited. Please click on the ‘Cancel pending referees’ button to un-invite or un-assign these referees.


Proposals and decisions

Depending on your profile rights, you may propose or take a decision on a version.

  • Proposing a decision will return the version to your parent editor (who becomes current editor of the article)
  • Taking a decision will send the editorial decision directly to the author

The recommandation system

There are three decision groups:

  • Acceptance / Propose acceptance
  • Revision / Propose revision
  • Rejection / Propose rejection

Depending on the journal and your profile, each group will offer different choices (recommendations).

Typically for revisions, you will have the choice between requesting a minor or a major revision.




Sending the decision


Clicking on the recommandation will display the mail pop-up.

From here, you may edit your decision before sending the message. If you have gathered referee reports, they will be automatically inserted into your message.


Checking the decision


Once it is sent, your decision is stored on the article version for archival purposes. 

If for any reason you need to change the decision, you can revert it. This will put the article back to ‘waiting editorial decision’ and you can choose another decision. All these actions will be documented and stored in the history tab.



Submit an editor report

Additionally, before taking a decision, you may upload an editorial report on a version.

Similarly to referee reports, their purpose is to store lenghty comments and enclosures, independently of the official decision.