I have submitted a manuscript to a journal on September after few days the status changed to under review and after 5 months the it changed to all required reviews are completed and immediately to decision in process. It has been 3 weeks that the paper status stuck at decision in process. How long this stage normally takes ? is it too early to ask the editor (?) about the status of my paper?


No, it is not too early. "Decision in progress" means all the reviews have already been received and what's left is for the editor to make a decision. 3 weeks is pretty long for this. I would write to the journal asking for a status update.

  • @Student it means the editor is making a decision and you can expect to receive it within a few days. – Allure May 17 '18 at 9:43
  • @Student don't think it says anything. 5 days is not overly long when the editors are busy academics. Also, relax - regardless of what happens, there's nothing you can do now. – Allure May 17 '18 at 9:55
  • @Student the next status is usually 'revise', 'accept' or 'reject' as per the decision. Yes the decision should be written in the website. If it shows 'decision in process', no decision has been made yet. – Allure May 17 '18 at 10:21
  • @Student "Decision in Progress" might take 2 weeks maybe? If it takes longer than that you can email the journal to ask. "Under editor evaluation" means the editor - not the reviewers - is the one with something to do. In your case I'd guess that all the reviewers were submitted and the handling editor had to make a recommendation to the editor-in-chief. – Allure May 18 '18 at 10:34
  • @Student that's the decision then: "minor revision". Congrats! You can ask your supervisor for the reviews and comments if you're interested. – Allure May 24 '18 at 9:06

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