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Q&A: What does the status change from "With editor" to "With managing editor" indicate?

I have submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal a week ago. Immediately after submission, the status changed to "With editor." Now after 6 days, it has been changed to "With managing editor." What does this mean?

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The evaluation processes at journals usually take time. Therefore, it is very important for you to have patience. I can understand that it is natural to be anxious about your manuscript, but you have just submitted it. It's too soon to be worried about the status changes. Don't keep checking your manuscript status obsessively, else you will find it difficult to wait through the weeks or months leading up to the decision. 

To answer your question, once a manuscript is submitted to a journal, it goes to an editor who assigns it to the managing editor for that particular subject area. The managing editor will then go through your paper and assign it to an Associate Editor(AE) who will be in charge of your manuscript till the final decision.

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