Recently, I submitted a paper to a journal. The paper was reviewed and the reviewers asked for some changes. I revised the paper and sent it again. The paper was reviewed again and after a few months the status was shown as "reviews completed". But the status was again changed to "editor assigned". Could you please explain to me what does this imply?

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    Have you asked the journal? Or one of your colleagues who has submitted to them before?
    – Jeff
    Jan 15 '17 at 9:44
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    I received an email from the editor which indicates further modifications is needed.
    – user67725
    Jan 20 '17 at 13:20
  • It could be that "editor assigned" is one stage in the process, and your paper has been returned to that stage, but the editor is the same one as originally.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3 '17 at 16:05
  • The handling editor might have a conflict of interest; so he/she recuse him/herself. Mar 7 '17 at 3:31

Each journal has its specific take, but the most likely explanation is that the peer review process took longer than usual and the same editor had expired and had to be reassigned, or that he was no longer interested in handling your manuscript and it was thus assigned to another editor.

In most busy journals several associate editors cooperate with the editor-in-chief, and it is likely that your manuscript was switched from one associate editor to another one.

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