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Finding the right home for all submitted works

Extending our popular article transfer service

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 reviewers and editors 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 proved to be very popular and so we’re now extending the support we give to authors whose manuscript is originally rejected.

How does the transfer process work?

At the point that they decide to reject an article, journal editors are given the opportunity to identify that a manuscript may be suitable for publication elsewhere (i.e. that it is not fundamentally unsound). They 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 of several suitable alternatives. If they agree, the metadata and manuscript will be transferred directly, no re-formatting required. Of course, authors are entirely free to submit their manuscript elsewhere.

Editors of journals that receive transferred manuscripts make an independent decision on whether further rounds of peer review are required to establish suitability for the journal. The ultimate decision to accept or reject the manuscript is entirely at the independent discretion of the journal editor.

Article transfers flowchart

Extending the transfer service

To date the transfer service has focused on giving researchers the option to submit their work to Cogent OA, our broad, multidisciplinary open access journals. Now, 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 officer 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 option 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.

Transferring to F1000Research is currently a manual process; authors will need to upload their article to the F1000Research platform if they wish to use this service. However, we will be looking to make this a fully seamless process in the future.

The benefits of article transfers

  • For reviewers and editors – it can reduce overall effort for academics involved in peer review. If reviewer reports are transferred with a manuscript, receiving editors have the option to make a decision based on these.
  • For authors – the transfer service can help save time because there is no need to reformat a manuscript to meet a new journal’s guidelines, or to resubmit work manually. It also helps to provide faster publication if previous reviews are transferred with the manuscript.
  • For readers – the results of research efforts can be published faster and therefore deliver benefit to other researchers and the public quicker.

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