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For a math journal, after 4 weeks of submission, the status went from "with editor" to "reviewer invited", and its been in that particular state for the past 3 months. If you have any editorial experience, I'd like to know when would this kind of state happens, and does it say anything about the manuscript content, especially why the editor is finding hard to get the reviewers accept invitation, or is it that the reviewers for the subject matter of the paper, are rare to find?

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I have enquired. The Editorial Manager assured me that the Editor is carefully following and taking good care of the review process. What I have seen in earlier communication with Editor, I have no reason to doubt his interest in the manuscript. He seemed very much interested.

Earlier communication with Editor in Chief

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  • If the journal staff say there is no problem, then the editor is having a hard time finding a reviewer. Nothing much you, or anyone, can do, except grow a few grey hair worrying over your manuscript, or simply retract it. Not having seen your manuscript, I can't advise on that. ;-) – Karl May 24 at 19:35
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    Been there. Likely trouble with reviewers. Nothing you can do but wait! I was in limbo for about 4.5 months for my last paper (the paper was accepted). – Shinobii May 27 at 16:12
  • @Shinobii : For how much time it was in "Under review" after coming out of limbo? – user102868 Sep 13 at 6:52
  • Finally it went into "Under Review" recently. – user102868 Sep 13 at 6:55
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It means the editor(s) invited reviewers who have not accepted the invitation. If this status has remained the same for 3 months, it's not a good sign. Completing the review can take time, but agreeing to review should be much faster.

My guess is that the editor is either very busy or not very active. He/she invited reviewers and left the manuscript alone. Now would be a good time to nudge the editor and hint that they should be inviting new reviewers, since the currently-invited ones are not likely to agree to review.

  • It could also just mean that the status hasn't been updated in any visible way. – Buffy May 24 at 14:47
  • @Buffy it could, but if these statuses are the ones I'm familiar with (using Editorial Manager), then once the reviewer agrees to review the status updates to "Under Review". – Allure May 24 at 14:48
  • @Allure : I have enquired. The Editorial Manager assured me that the Editor is carefully following and taking good care of the review process. What I have seen in earlier communication with Editor, I have no reason to doubt his interest in the manuscript. He seemed very much interested. – user102868 May 24 at 15:13
  • Earlier communication : academia.stackexchange.com/q/125267/102868 – user102868 May 24 at 15:14
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    It could also mean that the reviewer has accepted the review, but he/she forgot to click on "accept", and for some reason the editor hasn't insisted. Possibly they met at a conference and the reviewer accepted verbally. – Federico Poloni May 24 at 21:30

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