I submitted a paper to a high impact factor journal in my field a 4 days ago. Today, I received a email from the journal editor with the following description:
Thank you for your recent submission to TTT journal. XYZ will be the processing editor for your paper referenced above.
Your submission has been been assigned the following manuscript number: ARBITRARY007.
You will hear from the processing editor's office when the review process is complete (please allow 2-3 months for this).
So, what does this mean? Will it go to the reviewers and take 2-3 months for review? Or will it take 2-3 months for the processing editor to decide if it should be sent to reviewers for getting reviewed or be rejected?
What's the role of processing editor in this workflow?