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Q&A: What does it mean if the status date changes while the status remains 'Decision in Process'?

The status for my manuscript showed "Decision in Process" (Sep. 15) on the online submission system. However, it changed to Decision in Process (Sep. 18) after three days. What may have caused this change?

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If the status date changes, but the status remains the same, it indicates that the editor has accessed the database to check your manuscript. At this stage, the editor would access your manuscript to check the reviewer comments or have another final look at the paper itself before making a decision. Hopefully, you will be informed of the decision soon.

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