Q: Why did the status change straight from 'With Editor' to 'Decision in Process' for my Elsevier submission?

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I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal on 6/05/2020. On 07/05/2020, the status changed to 'With Editor,' and on 16/05/2020, it changed to 'Decision in Process,' without passing through the 'Under Review' status. I am agitated. Is it a route to rejection or…?

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We can sense your agitation, though with the ellipsis (…) at the end, we can also sense a bit of hope. :-)

However, given that it’s an Elsevier journal (in other words, a well-established, reputed one) and the fact that the status changed so quickly to ‘Decision in Process,’ it may unfortunately be a desk-rejection. On the hopeful side though, sometimes, the Editor-in-Chief (EiC), who makes the final decision on the manuscript, may overturn the decision by the associate editor (AE), who makes the initial decision. At times, they may feel that some other journal in the Elsevier family of journals may be a better fit for your manuscript and ask you to submit there instead. So, you should definitely wait for the final decision.

In case it’s a desk reject though, here’s what we would suggest:

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Hope that helps. And all the best for whichever way things go!