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Re: 2016 Ask a Current Ph.D. Student Thread
Under revision implies past first round of reviews, hence immensely better.
Under review for x round at y journal, is also very good because it tells the adcom exactly where your paper is at.
Papers not related to your discipline... like not at all? For example, if you're in consumer behavior or micro ob and you have a psych paper under review, I would consider that related to your discipline...
If it's completely unrelated, then it's a weak positive signal... yes you know how publishing works, but in a different field with slightly different sets of rules, and norms.
Also consider the impact factor of the journal. If it's close to zero, then it's not going to be much of a signal, also.