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Article transfers

How transferring can save you time and help you find the right journal for your paper

Having an article rejected by a journal happens to almost all academics during their career. There are many reasons why an article might be rejected but often this won’t be a judgement on the quality of your work. It might simply be because your manuscript is out of scope for the journal you’ve submitted to. In these circumstances the publisher may invite you to redirect your article to an alternative journal via a transfer process.

What are article transfers?

The transfer, or ‘cascade’, process is designed for papers which editors consider to be of good quality, but which aren’t suitable for the journal they were originally submitted to. If your article falls into this category then one or more alternative journals from the same publisher will be suggested. You will have the option to submit to one of those suggested journals for consideration. Or you can decide to withdraw your article.

What’s the benefit of using a transfer service?

The main advantage of taking up a transfer offer is that it will save you time. You won’t need to enter all the details into a new submission system and you are unlikely to need to reformat the paper either. Once you’ve made any changes to your paper, bearing in mind previous editor or reviewer comments, the publisher will submit the article to the new journal on your behalf.

Any reviewer reports will also be transferred with your article. These can be very helpful for the journal’s editor, who may be able to make an immediate decision on your paper based on previous reviewer reports.

How does the process work?

If your article is eligible for a transfer, you’ll receive an email introducing one or more related journals which may be suitable. Take time to investigate these journals and use any feedback the original journal gave you to decide whether one of the suggestions might be right for your article.

If you decide to accept a transfer offer, the publisher will move as much information as possible about your article over to the submission system of your chosen journal. You will then receive an email with further instructions on how to approve and formalize your submission. You will also have the opportunity to upload a revised version of your paper before submitting it for consideration by the editor.

The offer of an article transfer is not a guarantee that your article will be accepted by the new journal. That decision rests with the journal’s academic editor. Your paper may be sent out for peer review, even if it was peer-reviewed by the first journal.

Frequently asked questions about the Taylor & Francis transfer process

Can I transfer to more than one journal?

Your paper can only be considered by one journal at a time. If you’ve received more than one transfer suggestion, please select the one that’s most appropriate for your article.

Will you also transfer previous reviewer comments?

Where reviewer comments are available, these will also transfer with your manuscript. The new editor can use these comments to inform their decision and make immediate decisions where possible.

Will I receive an immediate decision on my transferred article?

We can’t guarantee an immediate decision. This is because your paper will need to be thoroughly assessed by the editor of the new journal. Editors can consider any reviewer reports that have been transferred with your article. However, they may also decide to begin a new round of peer review, which will add to the time it takes before you receive a decision.

Can I revise my manuscript before transferring?

We recommend that you revise your manuscript, taking into account any reviewer comments you’ve already received. Before completing your transfer, please replace your manuscript file with the revised version. We also recommend that you upload a file detailing how you’ve responded to the reviewer comments from your original submission, as this will help the new editor in assessing your submission.

Does the suggested journal have an Impact Factor and which indexes is it in?

There are a number of questions to consider before choosing which journal to submit your work to. Indexing and Impact Factors are important for some researchers, but you should also consider a journal’s aims, scope, and readership. To find this information, please visit the journal’s web page by clicking ‘Find out more’ in the transfer email.

Will I have to pay to publish?

There’s no cost for using the transfer process. However, if the journal you’re transferring your article to is fully open access, publication may be subject to an article publishing charge (APC). APCs vary by journal and can depend on the type of article you’ve written. You can check the standard APC using our Article Publishing Charge Finder.

Taylor & Francis has established a broad range of partnerships with institutions and funders around the world to support authors who wish to publish open access. Discounts and waivers are also available to researchers based in lower income economies. Find out if you’re eligible for this open access publishing support.

If you have any further questions about the Taylor & Francis transfer scheme, please contact: transfer@tandf.co.uk

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