Manuscript Transfers

What is a transfer?

Finding the right journal for your manuscript can be difficult; your research could span several disciplines, the focus may not exactly match a journal’s aims and scope, or maybe your research is only considered as being relevant to a small research community. In these cases your manuscript may be rejected, not because the research is not valid or important, but because in the eyes of the Editors it is not quite right for the journal.

Editorial Board members at a Springer journal may therefore suggest a transfer, to help you find the best suitable journal, and save you the time and effort of uploading all your files and personal details again when resubmitting to another journal. By offering to transfer your manuscript, the Editors are recognising the scientific worth of your manuscript: a transfer can been viewed by the receiving journal’s editorial board as an endorsement of the publication potential that your manuscript shows.

If you choose to accept this offer, your manuscript files (including manuscript history and review reports) and personal details will be transferred automatically to the journal that has been suggested.

Please note: The offer of a transfer does NOT guarantee publication. All Springer Journals are editorially independent from one another, and from SpringerPlus. Transferred manuscripts are assessed by different Editors, against the editorial criteria of the new journal. Manuscripts are sent out for further review at their discretion.

Transferring to SpringerPlus

SpringerPlus can receive submissions from all disciplines in science, technology, engineering, medicine, humanities and the social sciences. SpringerPlus can accept most article types, but manuscripts must present new and original (unpublished) academic research. Articles that do not present new research (such as hypotheses, book reports or letters-to-the-editor) may be published at the discretion of our editorial board. For more details and instructions please see our Submission Guidelines.

What is the procedure for a transfer?

If after 24 hours you have not received a confirmation email stating the transfer is complete, please contact the SpringerPlus team at

How do I accept or decline a transfer?

The decision email sent by the transferring Editor-in-Chief will contain two links: one to accept the transfer, and one to decline. Please follow the appropriate link and confirm your decision. Please note that your choice of link will be final.

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 wish to wait and make the decision until nearer the deadline, please ignore these prompts.

What if I miss the deadline date, or need more time to make a decision?

If you would like more time to consider submitting to SpringerPlus, we would encourage accepting the transfer first. Accepting a transfer will not automatically submit your manuscript to the journal Editors as it is. A transfer simply moves your files and creates a new manuscript record at SpringerPlus. To submit your manuscript you will need to log into the submission system via the SpringerPlus website, check your details, upload any new files or amendments and confirm submission to the Editors. There is no deadline to submit your article after a transfer has been completed, so you can use this time to consider your options.

Once the deadline has passed, it is technically impossible for the system to retrieve your files from the original journal.

However, you can upload your manuscript files yourself via our website and include the following details in your new cover letter:

  • Decision email received which invites you to transfer.
  • Any reviewer comments previously received.
  • Detailed list of any changes you have made to your manuscript since the transfer was offered.

With this information, our editorial team will be able to record your submission as a transfer suggestion. Including any previous review reports or comments may also help to reduce the time-to-first-decision; our Editors may wish to consider them against any additional reviews acquired.

Can I include reviews from a previous journal?

 If your manuscript has already been through peer-review, and you feel that these reports would help our Editorial Board reach a final decision on your manuscript quicker, we would welcome the submission of these documents as part of your cover letter. Please discuss the reviewer’s comments in your cover letter as a point-for-point list and indicate any changes you made to the manuscript.

What happens if I decline the transfer?

 If you decline a transfer, or do not reply to the offer, your manuscript files and all personal data will not be accessed by our editorial team. Your manuscript will remain archived in the submission system of the original journal, and you are free to submit your paper to a different journal.

Will my original submission be mentioned if my manuscript is published by SpringerPlus?

Transfers to SpringerPlus are offered by the Editorial Board of the original journal, but these Editors are not informed as to whether you decide to accept. The SpringerPlus editors and reviewers will have access to your cover letter, decision letter and previous reviews (when available) as this may help them to reach a decision quicker.

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

My manuscript is already formatted for another Journal, should I reformat?

 No reformatting is needed before submission: We can work with most conventional journal styles and we welcome different but adequately formatted manuscripts. If any change in formatting is needed we will let you know after our editorial board accepts your manuscript for publication.

Please read our Submission Guidelines for more information on formatting.


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