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Q&A: What to do if the journal cannot find reviewers for my paper?

My submission stayed at "reviewer invited" for more than two months, so I sent an e-mail to journal. They said they couldn't get through reviewers and suggested that I withdraw my paper. What should I do?

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It is a good gesture on the part of the journal that they have informed you of their inability to find reviewers and advised you to withdraw the paper so that you don't waste any more time. Under the circumstances, it would be best to follow their advice and withdraw the paper. However, if you can suggest some reviewers, you can write to the journal with their names. But if you cannot think of any or if you have already submitted your list of preferred reviewers, you have no other option but to withdraw the paper and submit it to another journal. 

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