Expedite RequestsLast Updated: Sep 21, 2016 01:24PM CDT

What is an expedited decision request?

Expedited decision requests are used by an author to communicate that one of the journals to which (s)he has submitted has made him/her an offer. The expedited decision request is sent to other journals that are still considering the manuscript in the hopes that they will make a publication decision for the article by a given deadline. Expedited decision requests are commonly used by law reviews.

What is the priority deadline?

When an author has multiple publication offers with varying deadlines, it is helpful for journals editors who are still reviewing the manuscript to know a single date that the author would like a decision by. When there is one expedited decision request, the due date for that decision request is the priority deadline; when there are multiple expedite requests, the newest expedited decision request becomes the priority deadline.

A note on timezones: The time of a deadline will display to authors according to the timezone specified when the expedite request was created. For editors, the time is automatically converted and displayed in the journal's timezone.

Authors

How do I submit an expedite request to one journal?

  • From your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
    • Find the manuscript for which you'd like to submit an expedite request.
    • Click Manage Submission.
  • In the Author Work Area, under Submission Details, the journals to which the manuscript has been submitted will be listed.
    • Find the journal to which you want to send an expedite request message.
    • Click Send expedite request.
  • Enter your expedite request details.
    • The name of the journal that has made a publication offer and the date by which you need a decision are required.
    • Click Send expedite request message.

Send an expedite request to one journal

How do I submit an expedite request to all journals where the manuscript is under review?

  • From your Dashboard, click My Manuscripts.
    • Find the manuscript for which you'd like to submit an expedite request.
    • Click Manage Submission.
  • In the Author Work Area, under Submission Details, the journals to which the manuscript has been submitted will be listed.
    • Under "Select" click all, or check the boxes next to the journals to which you want to send expedite requests.
    • In the Bulk actions... drop-select, choose Send expedite request.
  • Enter your expedite request details.
    • The name of the journal that has made a publication offer and the date by which you need a decision are required.
    • Click Send expedite request message.

Send expedite requests

Send expedite requests to multiple journals

Can I edit or update an expedited decision request?

Once an expedited decision request message has been sent, it cannot be changed. If you've gotten a new publication offer or need to revise the priority deadline for an expedite request, send another expedite request message. Procedures for sending single or multiple expedite requests are listed above.

To learn more about being an author, check out our Author Guide.

Editors

How do I enter an expedited decision request for an author?

If an author contacts the journal notifying you of an expedited decision request, you can either encourage them to login to their Scholastica account and enter the request, or you can enter it for the author. To enter it for the author:

  • From your Dashboard, click My Journals.
    • Click the Manuscripts tab.
    • Click the manuscript for which you'd like to submit an expedite request.
  • In the Editor Work Area, click Expedite Requests.
    • Click Add expedite request on behalf of author.
  • Enter the expedite request details.
    • The name of the journal that has made a publication offer and the date by which you need a decision are required.
    • Click Send expedite request message.

Add expedite request on behalf of author

Add expedite request on behalf of author

How do I edit an expedited decision request for an author

Expedited decision requests cannot be edited. If an author contacts the journal notifying you of an update to an existing expedited decision request, you can either encourage them to login to their Scholastica account and send another request, or you can enter it for the author. To enter it for the author:

  • From your Dashboard, click My Journals.
    • Click the Manuscripts tab.
    • Find the manuscript for which you'd like to send another expedite request.
    • In the "Expedite By" column, click (#) expedite requests.
  • You'll be taken directly to the expedite requests for this manuscript.
    • Click Add expedite request on behalf of author.
  • Enter the expedite request details.
    • The name of the journal that has made a publication offer and the date by which you need a decision are required.
    • Click Send expedite request message.

Add expedite request on behalf of author

Add expedite request on behalf of author

How do I use the priority deadline within the manuscript table?

Editors can sort all their manuscripts by the priority deadline, and can read the details about the expedited decision request by hovering over the priority deadline. Editors can also see at a glance how many expedited decision requests there are total, and click the link to view all the expedited decision requests for a given manuscript.

Priority expedite request within manuscript table

To learn more about being an editor, check out our Editor Guide.

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