While an article is in progress (see the section ’Article status’), it displays a button "asking for the publication of this article".
Only the article’s author is allowed to perform this operation.
This means that the article is "submitted for evaluation", that is, submitted to all the other editors who are requested to comment on it while awaiting to be validated (published) or rejected by the administrators.
Warning: once the article is submitted for evaluation, it is not possible any more for the author to reconsider his decision and to re-place his text in the "editing in progress" mode. Consequently, the operation "Ask for the publication of this article" must only be performed after the author makes sure that his text is complete and final. Only an administrator can place the text again in the "editing in progress" mode.