The journal Editor-in-Chief is the decision-maker and responsible for all activities after the manuscripts are submitted. The manuscripts that reach the chief-in-editor are sent to the reviewers after the initial review. Of course, many journals have an editorial board team that assigns articles based on experience and primary review before submitting it to the reviewer.
One of the important tasks of chief-in-editors is to determine the future direction of the journal. He/she determines what manuscripts should be published. Along the way, some reviewers help him publish standard quality articles. But in the end, it is up to the chief-in-editor to decide whether to accept or reject a manuscript.
Editors’ decisions can be in four situations: desk rejection, minor revision, major revision, and acceptance. Typically, each manuscript consists of three reviewers. When all three reviewers recommend rejecting or accepting the manuscripts, it is much easier for the editor to decide as long as their comments alternate between minor and major revision. When comments differ, the chief-in-editor’s belief in the author’s ability to improve the manuscripts is crucial. If the editor does not see any hope for improvement, he will respond with rejection. With the decision to resubmit, chief-in-editors are required to submit reviewers’ comments to authors.
Authors also have the right to cancel their collaboration at any time during the review process. This process can take between 3 and 6 months, depending on the journal. Authors should remember not to submit their manuscripts to another journal during this time (until they receive the chief-in-editor’s letter).