What does " securing reviewers" means when you submit a paper? Does that mean that the AE thinks that the paper is within the scope of the journal but he or she has not been able to find reviewers to take a look at the paper?

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    "phd" does not seem like an appropriate tag for this. Perhaps peer-review or something more on topic. Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 18:55
  • "paper-submission" I would suggest as a tag.
    – Klerisson
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 20:43

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Every system is different and I haven't seen that status, but I certainly infer it means the AE is lining up reviewers. That means the AE (and EIC) has not rejected it out of hand, but it doesn't guarantee that it will not eventually be rejected as out of scope. That could happen if the reviewers note the issue, or if the AE has trouble finding reviewers and eventually gives up.

  • Thank you for your reply, well it's been 7 days since I submitted the paper, in an AIP journal. They are showing "securing reviewers" in the check status option. Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 3:09
  • It can take many weeks to line up reviewers. Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 3:13
  • Thank you sir, for your prompt reply. You had given me an advice a few days back on a paper pending revision. I was getting nervous and anxious. Two days back I got an acceptance . Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 6:03
  • Congratulations :) Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 19:26

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