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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?

  • Try emailing that editor and see if you can make arrangements - don’t include the paper with the first email. – Solar Mike May 16 at 4:15
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This is going to depend on how the journal is set up, but two suggestions:

  1. Suggest in the cover letter that Editor A handle your manuscript.
  2. 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.

  • 1a. Suggest in the cover letter that Editor A would be a good reviewer for the manuscript (and hope the editorial assistant takes the hint). – avid May 16 at 4:40
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    For some journals you are even explicitly asked to suggest handling editors. – cheersmate May 16 at 7:07
  • @Allure Please recently I submitted a paper to a math springer journal without a cover letter. Is this can make a problem? – Student May 16 at 10:41
  • @Student it potentially can but probably won't. – Allure May 16 at 10:56
  • @Allure Thank you. I don't find where I attached it. In the future should I attach it as an attachment to the manuscript? The problem when I try to add it as an attachment to the manuscript, I find the cover letter in the last page of the manuscript. – Student May 16 at 11:06

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