Suppose I have found the perfect journal for my manuscript. That journal has 50 editors. Editor A is an expert in the subject of my manuscript. What can I do to get my paper handled by Editor A, instead of one of the other editors?
This is going to depend on how the journal is set up, but two suggestions:
- Suggest in the cover letter that Editor A handle your manuscript.
- When asked to classify your manuscript choose keywords that closely match Editor A's expertise. (You probably are doing this already anyway.)
Note that it's not a guarantee that Editor A handles your manuscript even if he/she is perfect for the role - it's conceivable Editor A is too busy, is on holiday, etc.