I recently submitted a paper to a (not very selective) journal (Sage publications). After a week of submission, the status changed to "awaiting reviewer selections". I took this to mean that the paper has passed the desk review, since the editor is selecting reviewers. However, after a few days, I got a desk reject notification.
Is it possible to get a desk reject after the "awaiting reviewer selection" stage? Is it possible that the journal didn't find reviewers, hence rejected the paper? The rejection email gave only general feedback, hence I can't infer the exact reason.
Further, the journal submission guidelines indicated that the authors should suggest three potential reviewers. However, there was no specific field to submit this information, hence I didn't include it anywhere. Given this context, I have three questions:
- Was my paper desk rejected because I didn't submit reviewer names? In general, can a paper be rejected for this/similarly trivial reason?
- Do you include reviewer names in the title page/cover letter, if there is no specific field given to enter this information?
- Can I re-submit to the same journal with the reviewer names included? Will it offend the editor?