Article Transfer Service

What does this mean for you?

If your manuscript is deemed unsuitable for publication in your chosen journal, the editor may suggest you transfer your submission to a more suitable journal, via Elsevier’s Article Transfer Service (ATS). If you agree to this, your manuscript will be transferred with no need to reformat.

By transferring your submission via ATS, you can:

  • Relax – there is no need to reformat or resubmit, and we will transfer your manuscript for you in minutes
  • Enjoy shorter editorial times – if applicable, editors will use the work done by previous reviewers
  • Maximise your publication options
  • Revise your paper – you will have the chance to take reviews into account before finalising submission to the new journal
  • Keep the first submission date of your manuscript
  • Stay in control – you are in charge, with minimal effort; agreeing to the transfer takes just one click

How does it work?

Transferring your submission with ATS is simple.

  1. You will receive the transfer offer by email – start the transfer process by clicking on the link.
  2. Select the appropriate receiving journal, and your paper will be transferred automatically.
  3. At this point you have the chance to revise your submission – just submit a ‘response to reviewers’ document detailing the changes you have made.
  4. Now all you need to do is to complete your submission (additional files may be required depending on the journal), approve the PDF and submit.

Choosing a different journal

If you would prefer to submit to a different journal instead, simply decline the transfer offer and submit to a new journal.

Elsevier is helping to improve manuscript submission and peer review processes

Peer review plays an integral role in the interaction and communication between authors, readers, reviewers and editors as the established method to evaluate the quality of science. We recognise though that there are shortcomings and sometimes even frustrations associated with the traditional manuscript submission and peer review processes. Our aim is to help facilitate and develop fast, effective and truly innovative solutions to improve the overall manuscript submission and peer review process for all individuals concerned.

Traditional publishing processes are changing and in this context we have established clusters of linked journals within various academic fields. This allows us to foster collaboration between those journals, enabling us to deliver more options and better services to improve the publication process.