Reviews for "Mechanism and Machine Theory"

Journal title Average duration Review reports (1st review rnd.)
(click to go to journal page) 1st rev. rnd Tot. handling Im. rejection Number Quality Overall rating Outcome
Mechanism and Machine Theory 4.7 wks 6.7 wks n/a 3 5 (excellent) 5 (excellent) Accepted
Motivation: Editor-in-chief answered promptly and was helpful. Online tracking system is functioning well. We feel that the review process increased the overall quality of the paper. Reviewers were familiar with the area of research and comments were thorough and knowledgeable, and took only 4 weeks.
Mechanism and Machine Theory 15.9 wks 15.9 wks n/a 4 1 (bad) 1 (bad) Rejected
Motivation: The editor for this paper (who is also the editor in chief) waited 20 days to issue his rejection letter, after all reviews have been submitted.
Mechanism and Machine Theory 43.4 wks 43.4 wks n/a 2 1 (bad) 1 (bad) Rejected
Motivation: The reviewers had no interest in the subject of the paper, and it was obvious that they only read the first 1-2 pages and the conclusions. It took 10 months until the last reviewer submitted his comments. The main rejection argument by the assigned editor was that the paper is not suitable to the journal. He was unaware of several related publications published by the same journal, and that the current submission was a continuation of a paper I published with the same journal back in 2002 (which since has been cited 80 times). The problem that Mechanism and Machine Theory has is that it receives way more many manuscript than its editors can properly handle (850 submissions in 2015 up from 479 in 2010). Consequently, the quality of the reviews has plummeted. Elsevier should consider splitting Mechanism and Machine Theory into two different journals.
Mechanism and Machine Theory 16.0 wks 36.1 wks n/a 2 4 (very good) 4 (very good) Accepted
Motivation: Although, it took so much tme, the review process has considerably enhanced the content and quality of the paper.
Mechanism and Machine Theory 18.1 wks 40.4 wks n/a 1 4 (very good) 3 (good) Accepted
Mechanism and Machine Theory 2.6 wks 24.9 wks n/a 2 5 (excellent) 4 (very good) Accepted