Q: Why has the status changed from ‘waiting for recommendation’ to ‘waiting for referee selection’?

Detailed Question -

I submitted my manuscript months ago, and it went through all the phases of referrer selection, referee decisions etc, and had been on ‘waiting for recommendation’ for over a month. Now it’s changed back to ‘waiting for referee selection’. Any insight into why this has gone back to this stage from what should be the final stage?

1 Answer to this question

Dear Author,

Thank you for writing to us.

We understand that the status of your manuscript has now changed back to ‘waiting for referee selection’. A possible reason for this may be that the original reviewers selected either are not available to review/declined to review the manuscript or the journal editor was not satisfied with the reviewers’ comments. Therefore, the journal has now resent the files for review.

We hope that you receive a prompt decision from the journal.