Q: Does a status change directly from "Under review" to "Decision in process" indicate rejection?

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I submitted my manuscript to the Arabian Journal of Geosciences. The manuscript status changed directly from "Under review" to "Decision in process." Does this indicate rejection?

1 Answer to this question

The status “Decision in process” after “Under review” means that all the reviews have come in and the editor is evaluating your paper based on the reviewer’s comments. After going through the reviewers’ comments, the editor will make a decision about your manuscript.

There can be four possible outcomes:

  • Accept
  • Reject
  • Resubmit with major revisions
  • Resubmit with minor revisions

Thus, you need not worry as the current status of your manuscript does not indicate any negative outcome. Once the editor has made the decision, it will be conveyed to you.

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