After being in "Under Review" status for 4.5 months (before that it stayed in "Reviewing" status for 3 weeks), I get the following cold rejection without any review report or review comments. How to deal with this cold rejection? If it had come much early, without going into "Under Review", I would have saved time (valuable for an independent researcher. I am not disheartened by rejection but the lack of review report or comments.
Dear Professor XXXXX,
This message concerns the manuscript
XXXXX A XXXXX(XX) XXXXX XX XXXXX by XXXXX XXXXX
submitted to the Journal of XXXXX & XXXXX.
We regret that we cannot consider it, in part because at present we have a large backlog of excellent articles awaiting publication. We are thus forced to return articles that might otherwise be considered.
Thank you for considering the Journal of XXXXX & XXXXX.
XXXXX XXX University of XXXXX, XXXXX Editor - XXXXX & XXXXX