When we got back from vacation, Jrex had this email:
> *Subject: **RE: Presubmission inquiry*
> Dear Dr. ________,
> Your manuscript has been sent out for review. The status of "being
> processed" means that there is no decision on the manuscript (ie
> "reject," "revise," or "accept")--typically what this means for
> authors at this stage is "No news = good news." If your manuscript had
> been rejected without review, you would have already received a
> decision by now. Generally (barring some unusual circumstances), if a
> manuscript status is still "being processed" after three weeks with
> us, you can assume that it has been sent out for review. I do,
> however, always recommend contacting our offices to confirm that status.
> Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.
> Kind Regards,
Right now, the paper is in the hands of other scientists, who, in their 'free' time read it and send it back with any comments, questions, further experiments or whatever. If it's sent to someone who doesn't like Jrex's advisor, they could give him stupid hoops just for the 'fun' of it. It's rare the paper would be accepted without further work, but it would be GREAT if that's what happens.
Much depends on many things. But...if his paper gets published, that opens the door to start applying for his own grant money and for jobs.