Q: What is the meaning of "decision in process" status?
I have already submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal. After two rounds of revision round, the status is now "decision in process." Could you possibly tell me what it means and how long it takes?
When a journal displays the “decision in process” status, it means that the editorial board is in the process of making the final decision about your paper. At this stage when the journal decision is in process, the editor will go through the revised manuscript and your replies to the reviewer comments before coming to a decision. The editor might decide to consult the peer reviewers once more. Sometimes, there may be quite a few papers lined up before yours. This is why this stage might take long. There’s no specific time frame for this; the time may vary depending on the journal and the field. I think it would be reasonable to write to the editor to inquire about the status of your paper if you haven’t received a response even a month after the last status change.
I hope this answer helps. I wish you luck with getting published.
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In my opinion, this status means that the handling editor will make the final decision, basing on the referee report.
I have got the same situation. I have submitted a math paper to an Elsevier journal. The status changed from "required review completed" to "decision in process". But the latter remained a bout 30 days. I wrote an email to the handling editor, and he replies that "I will look into it and get back to you". But then I had to wait for about 2 week until I got the decision letter. Finally, my paper was accepted.