I recently submitted an article to an Elsevier journal and under the current status, it says: "Editor Declined Invitation". What does this mean? Will this result in a rejection or is there another reason for this?
Shortly after your manuscript is submitted, this happens:
Editor assignment or invitation
Based on the topic of the manuscript and suggestions by the authors, an editor is assigned to handle the manuscript. Depending on the journal, the assignment may be done by technical staff, the journal's chief editor, or automatic by submission category or author suggestion. With some journals, editors are invited and not assigned.
And at this stage the editor invited declined.
What does it mean? There're many possibilities:
- The editor is currently busy and not able to handle submissions.
- Whoever made the invitation thought the paper was in the editor's field, but it isn't.
- The editor knows one of the authors of the manuscript personally and is therefore declining due to conflict of interest.
Could it be your manuscript is terrible and the editor therefore declines to handle it? It's possible, but more standard here would be to agree to handle it and then desk reject. If it happens I would guess that the invited editor is not experienced with the editorial management system.
In any case there's nothing to do except wait.