Q: Changing status of manuscript
I submitted my manuscript to a journal and the status changed from awaiting AE assignment to awaiting referee selection then changed to awaiting referee assignment again. Now the status changed to awaiting referee selection once more! What does this mean? Is it a good sign or bad?
Thank you for your question!
After editorial screening of your manuscript, an Associate Editor is assigned to handle the review process. Based on the topic of your manuscript, reviewers are invited/assigned. If the reviewers accept the review of your manuscript, the status will show up as 'under review'. However, due to some reason if assigned reviewer is unable to review your paper, the status will again change to 'awaiting reviewer selection'. We can't comment on if it’s a good sign but definitely not bad as the review process is yet to begin.
We hope this helps. All the best for your manuscript!