Q. If I submit an article to a publication that does not return rejected manuscripts, and don't hear from them, how will I know if it has been rejected or is just languishing in a slush pile somewhere? Can we feel free to send it on to another publication after a certain amount of time, or must we send a registered letter withdrawing the article from publication?
A. Generally when a publication does not return rejected manuscripts, they do give a certain time frame within which they will be considering it. If so, and you do not hear within that time, you are free to submit the manuscript elsewhere. If they have not indicated a specific time frame, then generally speaking you can wait eight weeks and if you don't hear, you can go ahead and submit it to another publication. A letter withdrawing it is not necessary, although you could send a brief e-mail to that effect if you like.