Guide to submission status indicators

Code  Stage    Notes
 1aUnevaluated new submission Manuscript has been received. We commence compiling list of peer-reviewers
 1d T&C Confirmation Author is requested to confirm understanding and agreement of Dove terms and conditions.
 1e Awaiting evaluation Initial checks of the manuscript have highlighted queries to check with the author.
 1ecAwaiting co-author email addresses Awaiting all co-author email addresses to be supplied, and sometimes a missing file.
 2aPeer review invitations sent Peer reviewers have been invited and asked to respond rapidly.
 2bFirst peer reviewer allocated The first peer reviewer has accepted to conduct a review of the paper
 2cTwo or more peer reviewers allocated Multiple peer reviewers have accepted to undertake the review
 2dFirst report returned The first peer-review report has been received by our Editorial offices
 2eSecond or more peer reviewer reports returned As stated.
 2fNew reviewer(s) required If insufficient reviewer comments are received or if the comments are inconclusive additional peer reviewers will be identified
 2fxIn-house Editorial Manuscript is with Dove in-house Editorial staff for Editor-in-Chief's attention
 2gReport sent to Editor-in-Chief Peer reviewer comments are sent to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
 3aReport: Accept The Editor-in-Chief decides that the paper, as presented, is acceptable for publication.
 3bReport: Accept with changes The Editor-in-Chief decides that the paper requires some changes or clarifications before it can be accepted for publication.
 3cxReport: Pending The author is being contacted about the Editor-in-Chief's decision.
 3dManuscript polishing needed The Editor-in-Chief or Author(s) have requested that the English be improved before the manuscript can be progressed further
 4aResubmission pending Dove Editorial has communicated the Editor-in-Chief's decision to the author(s) and Dove is awaiting a revised and/or resubmitted manuscript.
 4bResubmitted manuscript received Revised manuscript received by the Dove Editorial offices.
 4bcCOI’s required (Revised manuscript received) Conflict of Interest forms are still to be received for at least one of the authors of the paper.
 4cSent to Editor-in-Chief for acceptance or rejection Revised manuscript sent to Editor-in-Chief for review of revisions and any decision to accept.
 4dAwaiting author/peer reviewer confirmation Query regarding revised manuscript, which has been received.
 4eAwaiting publisher decision Dove Editorial is discussing the final decision with the Editor-in-Chief.
 5aAccepted for publication - Invoice The manuscript is formally accepted at this stage. If it is an Open Access paper an invoice for the Publication Processing Fee will be issued at this stage.

Invoice sent

 Dove Editorial has sent an invoice for payment of the Publication Processing Fee to the author(s)
 5cPayment has been received As stated
 5dPre-press/In preparation Manuscript is prepared for typesetting
 5drEdit to be checked Manuscript is checked before going to typesetting
 5gEditing enquiry proof with author The proof of the edited manuscript is with the author, we are awaiting their response.
 6aManuscript sent to typesetting Manuscript is edited, put into Dove house style, marked up for typesetting, graphics are reviewed and sent for typesetting
 6asProofreading Manuscript is proofread by Dove editorial staff
 6atReturn from proofreader The manuscript has been returned from the proofreader.
 6axReturn from Typesetter The manuscript has been returned from the typesetter
 6bProofs sent to author Typeset page proofs are sent to the author(s) for approval or correction.
 6bxAuthor returned cor The author has returned their corrections
 6eAuthor approval Page proofs must be approved in writing by the author. At this point the manuscript is ready for publication.
 6exSent to Typesetter for page numbering The manuscript is sent for page numbering at the Typesetter
 6eyReceived from Typesetter after page numbering The manuscript has been returned from the Typesetter with page numbers
 7dOnline final version is published Typeset Manuscript is published online.
 7eFile is converted to XML format for use by PubMed Dove Editorial commissions the conversion of papers for supply to PubMed.
 7exXML conversion Batch Sent Dove Editorial sends the paper to PubMed for indexing
 7eyXML conversion PubMed The published manuscript is indexed on PubMed
 7fArchive of manuscript Manuscript is archived. All typesetting files, and published versions are archived.
 7gThe paper has been withdrawn The author has withdraw the paper. The Editor may be in communication with the author, if this is the case please contact Dove Press for an update.
 7hRejected by publisher The manuscript has been rejected for publication.
 7iPublisher report pending The author is being contacted about the Editor-in-Chief's final decision.

Updated 23 July 2014