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Find the right home for your article with Wiley’s manuscript transfer options

We know how disappointing it can be when your manuscript isn’t accepted for publication, and the process of finding a new journal and re-submitting can be difficult and time-consuming. Our manuscript transfer options can help you find the right home for your paper and re-submit easily and quickly.


Journal Transfer Networks

More than half of Wiley journals are part of a transfer network. If your manuscript is not accepted by your first-choice journal, the journal’s Editor may recommend you transfer your paper to a more suitable Wiley journal within their network. If you accept the transfer invitation, your files (including peer review reports, if applicable) will be transferred to the new journal on your behalf, saving you the work of resubmitting your manuscript to a new journal on your own.


If you are interested in transferring to a Gold open access journal suggested by the Editor, your institution or funder may cover your open access fees or offer discounts. Read more about OA funding here.


Benefits of transferring your manuscript through a transfer network:

  • Transfer to an alternative Wiley journal, suggested by the editor: The editor will select the most appropriate Wiley journal for your paper from their unique journal network
  • Increase your chance of getting published: Your manuscript will be submitted to the new journal as an editor-recommended referral. Authors whose papers are referred have an improved chance of being accepted in another journal.
  • Save time with a streamlined resubmission process: We’ll start the transfer process on your behalf so you won’t need to re-enter your data in a new submission site
  • Your reviews transfer with you: If your manuscript has been peer-reviewed, the reviews will be submitted alongside your manuscript to the new journal
  • You’re in control of your manuscript: Transferring is completely optional. If you do decide to transfer your manuscript, you’ll have the chance to revise your manuscript before completing the transfer.

Here’s a quick guide to how transfer networks work:

Wiley Transfer Desk Assistant

If your submission was unsuccessful and you did not receive a transfer recommendation from the editor, you can still get help finding the right home for your manuscript using Wiley’s Transfer Desk Assistant (TDA). TDA is an intelligent mapping tool that can help you find relevant journals for your manuscript within Wiley’s portfolio and streamlines the resubmission process. If your submission to a participating Wiley journal was not accepted, TDA will use machine-learning technology to analyze your manuscript and identify suitable alternate Wiley journals. You’ll then receive an email with a list of up to five Wiley journals that match your manuscript and an offer to resubmit to one of those journals through a streamlined, faster process.


If you accept the invitation to transfer your manuscript, a dedicated team at Wiley will start the submission at the new journal on your behalf, including transferring over all files and peer review reports, if applicable. You’ll simply need to log in to the new journal’s submission site and check the details of your manuscript before submitting.


Hundreds of Wiley journals already participate in TDA, with more journals added each month.


Benefits of transferring your manuscript through TDA:

  • Transfer quickly and easily: You’ll receive your unique list of suggested journals within 24 hours of the initial journal’s decision. If you choose to transfer, we’ll start the new submission for you—no need to create a new account at the new journal or re-enter your data.
  • Choose the right journal for your paper: TDA will suggest up to five possible journals for you to choose from.
  • Your reviews transfer with you: If your manuscript has been peer-reviewed, the reviews will be submitted alongside your manuscript to the new journal
  • You’re in control of your manuscript: You choose whether to transfer and which journal you’d like to transfer to. If you do decide to transfer your manuscript, you’ll be able to edit your manuscript or update your files before completing the new submission.

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