I am a novice in the academic publishing process and have recently submitted a paper that is crucial for my upcoming PhD applications. I'm trying to understand the current status of my submission based on the information provided by the journal.
Here's the timeline and status of my paper:
Paper submitted: 10th May 2023
Reviews completed: 1
Review invitations accepted: 1
Review invitations sent: 2+
Last review activity: 16th June 2023
I'm curious about a few aspects:
Does the "Last review activity" date mean that the editor has stopped searching for reviewers for my paper? Is it common or even possible for editors to review a paper themselves in situations where there might be difficulty finding external reviewers? Given that it's been over two months since the last activity and the paper is crucial for my academic progression, would it be appropriate to reach out to the journal for an update, or is this waiting period completely normal?
I'm quite new to this, and any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
edit: By the time 23 August 2023, new activity dropped: Under Review =))