Questions about the roles and responsibilities of editors, who decide what papers are accepted into peer reviewed journals.

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misleading typo in old paper [duplicate]

There is a nice paper from 1995 that has a typo in the abstract. The paper gives an example of a mathematical object which does NOT have a certain property, which I will call property X. But in the ...
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Journal editor does not appear to pursue report of self-plagiarism

This is a follow-up to an earlier question about a case of blatant self-plagiarism, following which I contacted the editor of the concerned journal. The editor did not acknowledge my initial report. ...
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Editor not taking action after I reported plagiarism. What steps can I take?

Some people erased three author names including mine from a paper previously submitted (and rejected by three different journals) and got it accepted by Case Reports In Emergency Medicine. I ...
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Who need a native english speaker to proofread: Author or Editor? [closed]

It is certain that this editor didn't read the manuscript, he's just on a rush to write a rejection letter probably because he's bias toward the origin or affiliation of the author. I came to this ...
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“Reject & resubmit” when all reviewers accepted manuscript

Recently I sent a manuscript to a high-level IEEE journal (Transaction on Cybernetic, IF=3.45). After my first submission, I received “reject & resubmit” as a response. I resubmitted my manuscript....
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Whom to suggest as an editor when submitting a paper?

Some journals let authors to suggest who should handle their submission. How should one choose the suggested editors? In my particular case, I struggled with selection because One of the possible ...
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Advisor associated with the U.S. Army want their name removed from the text of a published article

I have been contacted by an individual with a request to remove their name from an article our journal published two years ago. The individual was identified as a Culture and Foreign Language Advisor ...
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Decision in Process-Before Review [duplicate]

The status of my submitted article changed from "With Editor" to "Decision in Process" since three days now. Mostly it is known that "Decision in Process" stage comes after peer review stage as ...
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Minor revision- Editor implied to do the experiment, however a rebut would clarify the issue

We recently received comments from the reviewers after revision. Comments were positive, one reviewer asked us to do an experiment. EES status says its minor revision, editor's email do not say it's a ...
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My paper has been rejected again, what should I change? [closed]

I am trying to publish my paper for almost two years, after two major revisions it has been rejected by an editor of an international journal. My field of study is geophysics. They complain about the ...
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Editor assignment pending [duplicate]

I submitted journal in the field of software engineering. After three weeks (23 days), the status is "editor assignment pending". Moreover, in the about journal page, it has been mentioned that, from ...
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Required reviews completed through an email [duplicate]

I submitted a research article to an Elsevier journal on 24th of Fab, 2016. On 5th of April, to my surprise I received an email from handling editor that I am please to inform you that the required ...
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Is it normal for the manuscript submission date to change from the original submission date to the revisions submission date?

I submitted a paper to an ISI journal almost a year ago. The submission date of the manuscript was May 20, 2015. I received a referee report on January 15, 2016. The report was quite positive but ...
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Alongside my book proposal, I included by mistake a chapter with some typos (just a few, but major).

Should I email the editor and resubmit the corrected version of the chapter? I have been trying to meet a deadline so I worked very hard on my book proposal. It was polished and ready to be ...
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Is copy-editing/typesetting the only step in the publishing process where someone other than the author makes changes to the manuscript?

I have not published a scientific paper before. I am trying to understand the publishing process. As far as I understand, no changes are made to the manuscript by anyone other than the author(s) ...
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How much experience is required to apply to be on the editorial board of a journal

Background: I am a pretty early career academic (a couple years out of post-doc) and am junior faculty at a research intensive school. My CV is not bad, but is also not overly impressive. I'm a ...
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Should I still submit a manuscript to a journal if a member of the editorial board is advancing a competing theory that is incompatible with my work?

I have completed (my first) manuscript, which falls well within the scope of a particular journal. However, a member of that journal's editorial board (or, to be precise, the editor's student) is ...
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Is it ethical for a journal editor to use a generic rejection response when desk rejecting a manuscript?

Is it ethical for a journal editor to provide the same response to many authors? Here is an example generic rejection comment made by a journal editor: All manuscripts are initially assessed by ...
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“With Editor” for 4 weeks after revise and resubmit [duplicate]

I have a question and I would be happy if someone could help me out. I submitted my paper on January the 6th, 2016 as a revised and resubmit option to a journal (I needed 3 months for the revised ...
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How to create an editorial board for a new journal

I want to start a new scientific journal. After doing all he initial work about setting up a journal now I want to know how will I be able to create an editorial board?
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Within social science research, which research practices are generally regarded as problematic?

I am very interested in understanding the aspects of current social science research that are generally accepted as being problematic (by researchers and other commentators). I regard problematic ...
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Confusing article status for journals of American Mathematical Society: “reviewing” AND “being handled by an editor”

The web page of my article in the AMS editorial system for some three months says "Article status: Reviewing" and in the next line "Your paper is being handled by an editor". I find this confusing as ...
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Do (scientific) editors complain with the publishers about user experience?

This recent question on the Elsevier online submission system prompted this question to me. It seems like there are lots of outstanding examples of bad usability and overall negative user experience ...
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Asking an editor about supplementary files to avoid journal overlength?

Is it OK to write to the editor of a journal requesting that you be allowed to move some parts of the paper to a supplementary file, in order to incorporate the review comments and not exceeding the ...
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Why can it take more than a month to find a reviewer?

In the mainstream publishing model, it can take more than a month from the time a manuscript is submitted to the time reviewers are assigned to review it. I feel this is a bit unfair as editors from ...
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What can one do when emails to the editor go unanswered?

I submitted a research article to a reputable mathematics journal in May 2014. The status of my article is still "under review." I have contacted the editor at least three times regarding the delay ...
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Should I ask the Editor for a third Referee when the answer of first two Referees do not agree?

I submitted a theoretical paper to Physical Review Letters, and the editor answered that it can be published in Physical Review but it seems not suitable for a Letter given the Referee responses. ...
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How would you cite in your CV a “Meet Our Editorial Board Member”?

How would you cite in your CV a "Meet Our Editorial Board Member"? For instance: http://benthamscience.com/journals/current-bioinformatics/volume/10/issue/3/page/241/ It has DOI, therefore it must ...
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Tough Editor, How to handle?

I have got the first revision of my paper from a journal in Elsiver. Despite, all 3 reviewers' comment are very positive and accepted the paper the editor is so tough. He is questioning the ...
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What happens if there are conflicting opinions on a specific paper under review? [closed]

In ScholarOne, if there are conflicting opinions on a specific paper under review, would several other members of the editorial board (not just the assigned reviewers) converse on the given article? ...
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Should a full manuscript be available for a book proposal?

I've been given some conflicting advice about preparing book proposals and manuscripts for academic presses. I'm aware that writing books is a lengthy process etc; however, I've also been told by a ...
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What options do I have when a journal refuses my paper based on 1/3 review by a non-relevant referee?

We submitted a paper to a fairly average journal and received a major revision decision. We made the suggested changes and resubmitted. The revision was reviewed by three referees and two of them ...
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Use of “we have a large backlog” euphemism by journal editors when rejecting articles without sending them out for review

Several times now I've had desk rejections from journals in pure mathematics that are variations on the theme of 'we have a large backlog of very good articles, so unfortunately we won't even be ...
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Should I correct a single trivial typo in a submitted manuscript after they rejected the first submission for having too many typos?

I sent a paper to a journal and they replied that there were many typos that needed to be corrected. I tried my best to fix these errors, and, after reading the paper numerous times, I resubmitted the ...
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Acknowledgement of Submission of a Paper

I submitted a paper to a journal several months ago (less than six months). That journal does not have an electronic submission systeem. I sent an email to one of the editors of that journal and I ...
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Does a present-day editor tend to sieve out submissions before sending them out for review?

Out of curiosity, I would like to get a feeling of what is the attitude in general for a present-day editor of a prestigious (not an objective modifier, of course) journal to deal with a new ...
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How to complain about a paper? [duplicate]

Recently, I read an article. The article had a simple but good idea. I realized that they introduced some formula in a wrong way. I also noticed that their formula, which is well known, does not have ...
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What is the typical time period between peer reviews being completed and editorial decision? [duplicate]

My question pertains to article submission waiting times. How long, your experiences, is the period of time between a journal receiving completed peer reviews back on a paper (as indicated by the ...
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Journal unsatisfied with revisions after acceptance, author proofs and copyright

We recently had a c.s. theory / networks paper accepted at a special issue after addressing a major revision. After we got the letter of acceptance, author proofs, signed the copyright release, etc., ...
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What should I do if I believe my former advisor is alleging to journal editors that I have copied his study?

I have been through many different things with my previous advisor. He wrote publications with my research proposal with his former female student after forcing me to give up the topic. Also, as ...
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Received no confirmation from editor of article receipt

I submitted an article to an academic journal about a week ago (not through a website but directly to an editor's email) but received no confirmation of receipt. What is proper protocol -- time wise ...
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Do I ask the editor of the rejecting journal where to submit next?

I got a rejection after one review cycle, with a comment that reviewer comments are useful and will help you in submission to another journal. Can I ask the editor's opinion on which journal to target?...
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How Scopus CSAB plan to evaluate a submitted journal's citedness in Scopus?

Our journal applied to Scopus for inclusion a few months ago and I, as an editor, would like to clarify some citations to our journal from articles already indexed in this database (as far as I know, ...
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Timely review process by reviewers

As a guest editor of an international journal, I was supposed to handle the review process of submitted articles. Two of the reviewers do not respond even after sending couple of reminders. I had ...
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Is choosing a journal editor in submitting a paper an important step?

I just submitted a paper. The journal asked me to choose an editor to handle the paper. I chose the first editor and didn't think much about it. Is this step of the submission process important?
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Why would a “poorly written” paper get a reject and resubmit decision rather than major revision?

Recently, I got a reject and resubmit decision from a reputed mathematics journal. I received two referee reports: the first referee suggested improving the presentation, with no recommendation of ...
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Do editors of other journals get asked to review papers?

If editor of Journal A finds that the speciality of the editor of journal B is very close to the subject of a paper submitted to Journal A. Would the editor of journal A ask the editor of journal B to ...
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First paper published, follow-up paper rejected by editor as out of scope? [duplicate]

I published an article few months ago in a journal. I sent another article to the same journal, in which I improved the design idea and enhanced the computation. I was told that my second article was ...
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Why journals ask for potential reviewers' details during submission of a manuscript?

I am wondering the reason why most of the jounals ask for 4-5 potential reviewers' details during submission of a manuscript? Whether does the editor really send the manuscript to the suggested ...
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“Awaiting EE Decision” in Manuscript Central – what does it mean?

I submitted my paper to a journal twelve days ago. In Manuscript Central, there were some changes of the paper’s status during the first two days, and as far as I can remember, these were Awaiting ADM ...