A manuscript may flow through multiple journals and rounds of review before it’s published. This means that authors can sometimes wait many months before publication, with the efforts of editors and reviewers expended at each stage.
That’s why we’ve been running a transfer service for several years, to help speed up the process and reduce wasted or unnecessary effort. This has proven to be very popular, and so we’re now extending this support to give authors a wider range of options from Taylor & Francis journals and platforms.
On this page, find out:
Does your journal use our Article Transfer Service? Find out what this means for you and get answers to the most common questions in our FAQs
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 an article falls into this category, then one or more alternative journals from the same publisher will be suggested. Authors will have the option to submit to one of those suggested journals for consideration. Or, decide to submit their manuscript elsewhere.
If an author accepts a transfer offer, submission details and files will be transferred to the submission system of the chosen journal, so research is published faster and can be used more rapidly.
At the point that you decide to reject an article from your journal, you’ll be given the opportunity to identify if a manuscript may be suitable for publication elsewhere. You do this by selecting a ‘Reject – Unsuitable’ decision option.
The author then receives an email asking if they would like to transfer their submission for consideration by one or more suitable alternatives. If the author agrees, we’ll move as much information as possible about the article over to the submission system of their chosen journal. Of course, authors are entirely free to submit their manuscript elsewhere. The ultimate decision to accept or reject the manuscript is entirely at the independent discretion of the journal editor.
Not all rejected articles will be offered a transfer; only articles which are sound but unsuitable for the journal they were originally submitted to.
You’ll have two reject options when using the Article Transfer Service:
Reject Unsuitable – use this for all articles that do not meet the editorial threshold of your journal or are out of scope, but appear to describe a valid research question, follow clear methodology and offer conclusions based on the results
Reject Unsound – use this for unsound articles only; where the article in question should NOT be published because you have concerns over the method, research question or conclusions
These options are for editors only and are not visible to authors; they will continue to receive a standard reject decision. When you select the ‘Reject Unsuitable’ option, authors of these papers will be contacted with a selection of suitable alternative Taylor & Francis journals to consider.
The service puts researchers first, helping authors find the right home to publish their research. Given the success of this program, we’re expanding it to give authors a wider range of options from Taylor & Francis journals and platforms.
If you’re a society partner or editor of a Taylor & Francis journal that isn’t currently part of the transfer service, we may shortly be in touch about extending this to your journal’s authors too.
For journals in relevant subject areas, rejected authors will also begin to see F1000Research as an alternative recommendation. F1000Research is a new part of the Taylor & Francis Group which offers an innovative publishing process. Submitted articles are rapidly published on the F1000Research platform, after a comprehensive set of prepublication checks. This is then followed by open and transparent peer review.