What is the editorial review process at PLoS Genetics?
Once a new manuscript has passed technical quality control, it is assigned to one of our senior editors—comprising the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editors, and Section Editors—depending on the subject matter, workload, and any potential competing interests. This first step usually occurs within a few working days of submission and is followed by an initial evaluation, sometimes in consultation with one or more members of the editorial board. For manuscripts that are considered further, an Associate Editor is assigned who then decides whether to invite external peer reviewers. We aim to have external reviews returned within ten days, although sometimes this takes longer. After receipt of the reviewers’ comments, the Associate Editor makes a decision, often after consultation with other editorial board members. For manuscripts that are peer reviewed externally, the average duration between submission and first decision has been just over 30 days.