Reviews for "Nature Communications"

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 Year
Nature Communications 10.1 wks 10.1 wks n/a 2 4 (very good) 2 (moderate) Rejected 2017
Motivation: The review process is quite long. The editor decided to send out the manuscript for review after two weeks upon initial submission. We received the comments from reviewers 8 weeks later. It seems that the whole process is time consuming and the manuscript tracking system is clumsy.
Nature Communications 13.1 wks 52.3 wks n/a 2 3 (good) 1 (bad) Accepted 2016
Motivation: The second round of reviews was made because one of the reviewers never answered to our reviewed paper. We pointed out from the beginning that this reviewer had a potential conflict of interest because he pointed out as an argument against the publication of our paper a preprint that was clearly overlapping. The reaction of the editor was very slow (note the number of weeks of the second round), and we wrote several times to the editor asking for explanations on the delayed answer. Finally, he recognized that the referee was no answering and he decided to sent the manuscript to another referee, with the subsequent delay. But the worst thing is that, after this long process, our paper was finally published in the same number that the preprint that the referee that never answered was referring to. You can extract your own conclusions about the opacity of this process.
Furthermore, after acceptance, the paper took four rounds of proofreadings because most of the equations had errors (that our manuscript didn't have). Given the prize of the journal this is absolutely unacceptable, and we still have no complete confidence in that the paper is 100% free of errors after all this process.
Nature Communications 8.7 wks 19.4 wks n/a 3 5 (excellent) 3 (good) Accepted 2016
Motivation: Manuscript was significantly improved due to suggestions from reviewers and Editor. I was thankful to receive such high-quality suggestions. However, the entire manuscript handling process takes too long! For each round the manuscript is sent out for review, I waited for approximately 2-2.5 months to hear back from Editor (manuscript was sent to reviewers twice). After acceptance notice, I waited 6 weeks to finally see manuscript in online print (returned comments on proofs within 3 days). For the ~5500EUR publication fee, I would expect swifter turn around.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 24.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2017
Nature Communications 7.9 wks 17.0 wks n/a 3 4 (very good) 3 (good) Accepted 2017
Motivation: In general handling was good. One slight critical thing could be that the overall process took quite substantial time in contrast to other journals.
Nature Communications 10.3 wks 18.7 wks n/a 3 5 (excellent) 4 (very good) Accepted 2017
Motivation: The process took slightly longer than expected, but we received high-quality reviews which substantially improved the manuscript.
Nature Communications 13.0 wks 13.0 wks n/a 3 1 (bad) 1 (bad) Rejected 2016
Motivation: The editor seemed to have had little bagage to either select appropriate reviewers, or evaluate the quality of the reviews. The whole process took ages (of which nearly a month just to decide whether to send out for review). Over a month after formally going into review a former colleague of mine (one with whom I have published previously) was asked to review the manuscript. One single Google action by the editor would have made it clear that this is not an appropriate request given our previous ties. It seems to me that the only reason my colleague got this request was because he has a study in revision with Nature Communications so that his name was in their system. Naturally he reclined and apparently a different reviewer was invited. The reviews I ended up getting were of poor quality, attacking points that were very explicitly controlled for in the study. I did not read a single point of valid criticism by any of the reviewers. I've decided taking my business elsewhere, I will not be submitting with Nature Communications again, the turnaround time for a high impact journal is huge (even though they pride themselves on being fast), and the editor does not seem up to speed in our field (Cognitive Neuroscience).
Nature Communications 13.0 wks 13.0 wks n/a 3 2 (moderate) 2 (moderate) Rejected 2016
Motivation: Long turnaround, there was a long wait period until it was sent for review. Although the manuscript advertised short review times, it took a total of 3 months. One of the reviewers also rejected with blank statements of non-novelty without providing evidence/citations. Very frustrating.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 17.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Motivation: The decision making was too slow, and their comments were nothing but useless one.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 6.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Nature Communications n/a n/a 4.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Motivation: The submission system is very author-friendly, and the rejection at least was fast and (nearly) painless.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 1.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2012
Nature Communications n/a n/a 7.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Nature Communications 8.6 wks 22.1 wks n/a 3 4 (very good) 4 (very good) Accepted 2016
Nature Communications 10.0 wks 10.0 wks n/a 3 4 (very good) 2 (moderate) Rejected 2016
Motivation: The review process took so long although the paper was a short communication type. The editor made a decision based on just one of the three reviewers' views and opinions that were not supported by any reference. I think the editors might want to consider more carefully the obvious "conflict of interest" raised by some reviewers before making the final decision.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 10.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2015
Nature Communications n/a n/a 6.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Motivation: Rejected immediately due to not broad enough appeal, but the process was quick so we didn't have to wait to long. Offered the option to transfer our paper to another journal within the Nature Publishing Group (Scientific Reports). Overall a smooth and efficient system, though the outcome was not what we hoped.
Nature Communications n/a n/a 25.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Motivation: Delay too long in obtaining the decision of editors
Nature Communications n/a n/a 9.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2014
Nature Communications 7.4 wks 11.4 wks n/a 3 5 (excellent) 4 (very good) Accepted 2016
Motivation: Three high-quality reviews (a bit delayed over christmas).
Friendly and responsive reviewer.
Nature Communications 13.0 wks 17.2 wks n/a 2 4 (very good) 5 (excellent) Accepted 2015
Nature Communications n/a n/a 26.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Nature Communications n/a n/a 7.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2015
Nature Communications n/a n/a 24.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2016
Motivation: immediate rejection that took them 25 days!
Nature Communications n/a n/a 7.0 days n/a n/a n/a Rejected (im.) 2015
Nature Communications 8.7 wks 16.6 wks n/a 3 4 (very good) 5 (excellent) Accepted 2015
Nature Communications 6.5 wks 12.0 wks n/a 3 4 (very good) 5 (excellent) Accepted 2014
Motivation: The review process was fair and had high scientific quality, I would recommend this journal to others. However I have to say that the online manuscript tracking system is a bit clumsy and doesn't provide much information.