I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal. The status changed in 2 days from
Editor Invited to
under review and I got an email saying that "your paper will be handled by
X (editor's name)". When I checked the Editorial Board, I saw that the handling editor of my manuscript is indeed a managing Editor of that journal.
My question-Is it normal that a managing editor handles a paper instead of an associate editor?
The possible reason I can imagine that all the associate editors are away from the content of my manuscript and that the managing editor is somehow closed to that content.
But, why then the status
editor invited displayed initially if the managing editor would handle my manuscript. Of course, there is another possibility that my manuscript fell into the hands of another managing editor who then invited the managing editor who is handling my paper.
Note: I initially given a name of an associate editor during the submission, though that AE's expertise area was away from my manuscript content.
Any comments about the possible reason that my manuscript is being handled by a managing editor rather than an associate editor.