Springer Nature Transfer Desk

Taking the hassle out of resubmitting

No one likes manuscript rejections. You don’t like it when Editors reject your manuscript; and Editors don’t like doing it. And perhaps one of the most time-consuming parts of rejections is the problem of finding another suitable journal and submitting your manuscript again.

But what if you didn’t have to go through that process again? What if you might not even have to wait for new rounds of reviewer reports, either?

Sometimes Editors have to reject sound manuscripts for reasons other than the research’s quality; for example, the manuscript may not fit well with the journal’s aims and scope. Our Transfer Desk service recognizes your manuscript’s scientific merit, and helps in finding its best home, while reducing time and trouble for you.

And, you always have the final say over where your manuscript gets submitted and published.

Contact the Transfer Desk

This is what it is:

What is the Transfer Desk?

The Transfer Desk is our manuscript transfer service, which provides you with a convenient way of resubmitting your manuscript to a more suitable journal. Finding the right journal can be difficult and sometimes sound manuscripts are rejected because they don’t precisely match a journal’s aims and scope. 

In these cases, our Editors-in-Chief now have the option of suggesting a transfer to help you find the most suitable journal, recognizing the scientific merit of your manuscript and ensuring it can be submitted elsewhere without delay.

How can you benefit from the Transfer Desk?

If you choose to accept a transfer offer, your manuscript files including manuscript history and any available review reports (provided the reviewer(s) granted permission for this) as well as personal details will automatically be sent to our Transfer Desk. 

There is no re-submission or reformatting needed, saving you valuable time and effort. Our Transfer Desk team will then combine your preferences and any editor recommendations with our advanced journal matching technology to find the best “home” for your work.

This is how it works:

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Transfer offer

You accept the offer to forward your manuscript to the Transfer Desk, using the link provided in the decision email from the previous journal.

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Propose suitable journals

An Editorial Advisor—an experienced scientist familiar with your field—analyzes your manuscript and proposes one or more suitable journals. You then choose the journal you want. You can also suggest additional journal titles as well. If we need any additional information our team will contact you directly before we send you the journal title(s).

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Your decision

You let us know the journal you would like to submit your manuscript to.

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Submission assistance

The Transfer Desk will assist you with the submission to the journal-of-choice.

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Submission instructions

The journal will contact you and send you instructions on how to finalize your submission. You will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript when you are finalizing your submission.

Notice

Please note that assistance with a submission to another journal does not guarantee acceptance. The Transfer Desk only helps authors to submit their work to another journal in an easy and convenient way.

Frequently asked questions

How does the Transfer Desk work?

Please note that all journals are independently peer-reviewed and your manuscript will be assessed against the editorial criteria of the new journal. The editors may require additional reviews or revisions to the manuscript.

Please note that assistance with a submission to another journal does not guarantee acceptance. The Transfer Desk only helps authors to submit their work to another journal in an easy and convenient way. Please note that submitting your manuscript via the Transfer Desk does NOT guarantee publication.

How do I follow up on a transfer offer?

Please follow the link provided in the decision email sent by the transferring editor. This will take you to a web page where you will be given the option of sending your manuscript to the Transfer Desk for evaluation and further transfer to the destination journal of your choice. The decision email will state a deadline for making a decision; if the decision remains “pending,” our automatic mailing system will prompt you to make an accept/decline decision three times over the next four weeks. If you prefer to wait and make the decision closer to the deadline, please ignore these prompts. Please note that after the deadline it is no longer possible to automatically send your manuscript to the Transfer Desk.

What happens if I decline the offer?

If you decline a transfer, or do not reply to the offer, neither your manuscript files nor your personal data will be accessed by our Transfer Desk team. Your manuscript will remain archived in the submission system of the original journal, and you are fully free to submit your paper to a different journal. Please note: When you decline our offer to send your manuscript to the Transfer Desk this choice cannot be undone.

Can I choose the destination journal myself?

Yes. Our team will work with you to find the best journal for your paper. If you have a preferred destination journal, please let us know. The Transfer Desk will not transfer your manuscript to another journal without your approval.

To which journals can the Transfer Desk send my manuscript?

The Transfer Desk team will combine your preferences and any editor recommendations with our journal matching technology to find the best home for your work. The Transfer Desk can help you resubmit to almost all journals in our portfolio of more than 2,500 titles, including Open Access journals, journals with an Impact Factor or indexed by major services. We will analyze your manuscript and use our advanced algorithms to match it against all journals in our portfolio to find the best venue for your manuscript: we will send you one or more suitable journals with their current Impact Factors (when appropriate). The Transfer Desk will of course take any preference for a specific journal into account and advise you accordingly. If there are any specific requirements you have for publication, it’s best to let us know upon submission so we can take this into account when we propose our journal(s) to you.

Can I withdraw my manuscript during the procedure?

You can always withdraw your manuscript if you change your mind, at any time during the procedure. The Transfer Desk is simply a service to help you find the best journal for your work; we will never transfer your manuscript to any journal without your permission.

Do I have to resubmit my manuscript to the journal proposed by the Transfer Desk?

The Transfer Desk is simply a service to help you find the best journal for your work; we will never transfer your manuscript to any journal without your permission. At any time during the procedure you may decide to cancel the transfer process and resubmit yourself elsewhere.

If I accept the transfer offer, what happens to the previously conducted peer review?

As soon as you have accepted the transfer offer, the manuscript along with all available review reports (provided the reviewer(s) granted permission for this) and personal details will be transferred to the new journal. Should you wish to have your manuscript considered at another journal without the review reports, you will need to send it directly to that new journal as a new submission.

Will my original submission and the transfer be mentioned if my paper is successfully resubmitted and published in another journal?

A transfer is not mentioned in the published version of the manuscript, online, or in the article PDF. Once published there is no difference between a transferred article and an article which was submitted via the online submission system.

Will you recommend open access journals that require the payment of an article-processing charge (APC)?

The Transfer Desk will consider open access journals as well as subscription journals when selecting and suggesting suitable destination journals. Most journals offer Open Access publication, either as an option (hybrid-OA) or as a full-OA journal.

If you have a preference for subscription, full-OA or hybrid-OA, please let us know upon submission. You are free to choose journals that do not require payment of an article processing charge, but please note that our Open Access journals might be able to give you a discount or full waiver upon submission.

Do I have to pay for the Transfer Desk service? What are the costs for this service?

Our manuscript transfer service is completely free of charge. It’s a complimentary service to assist you in finding the best home for your research.

“The service was quick, so it saved me time of looking for good relevant and good quality journal and manually resubmitting my paper. I would like to thank you very much for this new service and I really hope that you'll keep it.”

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