I published an article few months ago in a journal. I sent another article to the same journal, in which I improved the design idea and enhanced the computation. I was told that my second article was sent to Prof. X (name was provided) as a topic editor.
After about 70 days, I got an editorial rejection due to the article not being within the scope of the journal. In the online submission site, it said that my article was under review for the last 70 days. In the end, my article was not even sent to referees... is that normal?