Q: What does the status 'under editor evaluation' mean?
I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier Journal. The status has been “under review” for 2 weeks. After that, it was changed to “Under Editor Evaluation”. What does this status (“Under Editor Evaluation”) mean? Is it likely to be rejected? And what is the difference with “Decision in Process”? Please let me know.
The status "under editor evaluation" indicates that the paper is now with the Associate Editor (AE) who will evaluate it based on the reviews and decide whether the paper should be accepted, rejected, or revised. However, the AE's decision is not final: he/she can only give a recommendation to the Editor-in-chief (EiC) in this matter. The final decision is taken by the EiC. This is when the status changes to "decision in process." Thus, to put it simply, "under editor evaluation" means that the paper is with the AE, while "decision in process" indicates that it is with the EiC.
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My experience with similar statuses is not good. Each time I faced rejection.