Q: Meaning of "Awaiting Second Opinion" manuscript status

Detailed Question -

My manuscript status is currently displaying "Awaiting Second Opinion"; what is this likely to mean? Is there a conflict of opinion amongst the peer-reviewers? Or is it more likely that my manuscript is going to be rejected?

1 Answer to this question

Thank you for your question. Yes, this status indicates that the manuscript may have been reviewed by peer reviewers, who had conflicting views. Therefore, the journal editor decided to send it to another peer reviewer to resolve the conflict. We won't consider this as an indication for manuscript rejection. It would be best to wait for the journal’s decision on your paper.

We wish you all the best for your submission.