As editor of the journal Politics and Religion, I routinely get inquiries from authors wanting to know the status of their manuscript. That's no problem. I'm happy to provide updates.
In the last week, however, several authors have written to ask why their manuscripts still appears as "With Editor" and not "Under Review" in Editorial Manager. One author even withdrew their manuscript, because they thought we were taking too long. In light of that, I thought it would be helpful to explain what happens when you submit your piece to Politics and Religion (PAR).
We don't immediately send manuscripts out for review. Here's what happens.
The bottom line is that it will be at least a couple of weeks before manuscripts go out to reviewers. Rest assured, however, that we're working on your manuscript in ways that aren't obvious just by looking at your Editorial Manager status. I'm still happy to answer author inquiries. Just thought this might provide some helpful context to the review process.
PS -- Our editorial assistants are amazing and don't get enough credit. The current assistant is Hope Dewell Gentry. She was preceded by Amy Friesenhahn and Elliot Montagano. All are graduate students in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas.