I just received a letter from editors of one of top journals, saying "Though the expert consulted felt that your paper, "is a solid paper," the expert did not recommend publication in the journal."
It is my first paper and it is a situation that I may not expect a guidance from my advisor for submission.
The only reason I chose the top journal is that I have no idea about this matter and wanted to learn the reality.
Now, I am a little puzzled in understanding the response from the editors. What does it mean by "solid paper"? Can I be encouraged to submit my paper to another top journal, or is it just a common expression to be used in rejection?
Thank you for your concern. Any advice will be appreciated.