Q: My paper's status is "Editor assignment pending." What does it indicate?
Once a manuscript is submitted, it goes through a preliminary check to ensure that the basic journal requirements such as length, formatting, number of tables, etc. have been met. This stage is known as admin check. Once this is done, the paper is assigned to an Associate Editor (AE) who is responsible for the manuscript till the final decision. The status "Editor assignment pending" means that your paper has still not been assigned to an AE. You have not mentioned how long it has been since you submitted your paper; however, if it has been more than a month, you can consider writing a polite email to the journal asking for an update.