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

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Can a rejection be appealed after reviewer says comments were addressed, but paper is not original enough for the journal?

I received a rejection letter from an Editor after I revised and resubmitted my paper by addressing all comments from two reviewers. The first reviewer has no feedback meaning that he accepted all ...
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Can I understand the rejection reason of an article by reading the reviewers' comments?

My paper is rejected with this comment from editor: Unfortunately, the reviewers generally agree this paper should not be considered for publish in.... My question is do all the reviewers ...
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Can frequent messages to an editor about the status of a paper under review be a cause for rejection?

I have submitted a paper on mathematics to a journal and it was there for more than one year. I asked the editor many times about the reason of the review delay. At the end the paper was rejected with ...
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Are replies from editors automatically generated?

I never reply to editor's and conference organizers' mails, since I somehow always thought that they are automatically generated and replying just to thank would be considered as spamming, since they ...
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When reviewing a resubmission, can I request a version with changes highlighted if the journal does not require it?

Reviewing is time-demanding. It makes huge sense to re-review if comments and changes are submitted. While first review takes a lot of time, the second can be very quick. If authors provide a version ...
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What is the difference between volume editors and series editors?

I am filling out a "Consent to Publish" form and I need to fill out the Volume Editor(s) field. I tried to find out who these editors are, but all I found was the series editors and the main editor. ...
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Is it bad to ask the editor about the status of a submission on seeing that referees' reports were submitted a week ago?

This question is about inquiring regarding paper status. I had submitted a paper, and recently I just discovered that the manuscript tracking system shows that the editorial committee has received ...
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As a reviewer, what steps can I take after paper is published despite major scientific and ethical concerns, with no explanation from editor?

I recently reviewed a manuscript for a journal I didn't know very well, but which was indexed on Pubmed and Scopus and seemed to be legitimate. In my review, I recommended rejection based on what I ...
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Is it wise to contact the editor of a journals with my concerns regarding the length of the acceptance process?

I have finished writing my first paper to be published in a journal. My intent is to try to publish in a high-impact journal (there are two candidates from the IEEE Transactions class). However, my ...
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Whose responsibility to detect plagiarism during peer review: editor or referee?

Around a month ago, I was requested to review a paper submitted to a well-known APS journal. The main idea introduced in the paper was nice and the experimental implementation had fairly good results. ...
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How to respond to an editor's post-review comments suggesting major changes I'm not willing to make?

I submitted a paper (in applied mathematics) to a journal about a year and a half ago. I received the first feedback from the Editor in Chief about a year later (the reviewing process for this journal ...
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Should the editor's name be included in a rebuttal letter?

To make things simple, I am asking whether the rebuttal letter is starting with Dear Editor and Reviewers or Dear Reviewers
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sound reasons for excluding a reviewer

I am about to submit a paper, and I'm asked whether I want anybody to be excluded from consideration as a reviewer. I also need to state a reason. I briefly considered listing someone who - I have ...
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What is the correct procedure to report typos or errors in journal articles?

I have found an error in a journal article which I believe to be a typo. It is minor but it does affect the technical aspects of the paper so it should ideally be corrected. What is the correct ...
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Should I contact an editor at the journal that rejected my paper, to ask for feedback?

Recently I got a rejection of my paper from a reputed journal. There were two reviewers who reviewed my paper.However reviewer1 accepted it while reviewer 2 rejected with some suggestions that can be ...
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Is it okay to resend an email to a journal asking for the status of a submitted manuscript? [duplicate]

This question is related to the question asked here: Is it okay to inquire about the status of a paper when the online submission system shows no update three months after submission?. Around 4 ...
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How long does it typically take for editor's final decision after reviews are completed?

According to the reviewers, the paper I have submitted is now ready for publication. How long I should wait to know the final decision of the editor-in-chief?
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Are reviewers chosen from among the editorial board of a journal?

If, in a certain international journal where I have submitted, the journal webpage lists the editorial board, should I expect that the possible reviewers of my paper are selected from among the ...
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What might the editor do if my supervisor contacts a journal to claim authorship of a paper?

When I was doing my PhD project, I got an idea to solve a different but related problem. However, my supervisor said neither the motivation nor the initial result were interesting, and so he refused ...
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Asked editor for review prolongation to do further experiments, can't meet deadline. What do?

My paper received a good review, but we've been implicitly asked (interpretation of my supervisor, not mine) to do two experiments to verify a method I use. We then asked the editor for some time to ...
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Is it okay to inquire about the status of a paper when the online submission system shows no update three months after submission?

Around 3 months ago, I submitted a paper to a Math journal for peer-review through an online submission system. The same day I received in my e-mail an acknowledgement saying that the paper had been ...
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Is it a good idea to get involved with journals as an associate editor prior to getting tenure?

Is it a good idea to get involved with a relatively good journal (yes subjective -lets assume an impact factor +2 and good editors) as an associate editor prior to getting tenure? Does it have a net ...
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How should a reviewer provide comments to a journal's special issue in a field he is not familiar with?

As an editorial board member for a low impact journal, I've been approached to provide comments on whether I think a proposal for a special issue is acceptable or not. I'm quite inexperienced in this ...
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Do journals hold rejections against authors?

I am BSc student. When I was in the fourth semester (end of the second year), I did my course project and submitted it to my professor. His efforts in order to publish it really shocked me. It was ...
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Accomplished researchers listed as editors of shady journal

I recently got an unsolicited email advertising a questionable-looking mathematics journal. Upon investigation, it looks pretty shady: page charges, manuscripts to be submitted in Microsoft Word ...
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“Awaiting Editors Decision” what could it mean?

I submitted my paper to a engineering journal. It underwent a major revision and then a minor revision. The minor revision was some grammatical stuff. Now it is in the "Awaiting Editors Decision" mode ...
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Is it permissible to request a new reviewing editor?

I submitted a manuscript to an established ecology journal and received reasonable reviews. The reviewing editor requested a revision. However, the comments from the reviewing editor were abysmal. ...
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Is it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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Is providing a slow response to journal reviews a common/good strategy for minimizing the number of review requests?

It is well known that in mathematics the process of reviewing submitted papers is quite long. There are good reasons for that; intrinsically, reviewing a math paper involves checking and understanding ...
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How many manuscripts per day are sent to leading journals?

I wonder how many manuscripts are submitted daily to the top scientific journals, such as Nature or Science. Each of those journals has multiple editors, specialising in narrower fields. The question ...
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Do editors choose reviewers based on the quality of manuscripts?

When the editor receives a manuscript, he/she has to find a couple of suitable reviewers. I was wondering if the they were choosing the reviewers in order to match the expected manuscript quality? ...
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Should the editor share the names / institution information of authors with the reviewers

For most journals, the reviewer is aware of the names and the institution that the paper is coming from. IMO, if the paper is from a top institution, the reviewer might judge it differently than the ...
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Recommended rejection of a paper, but invited to review the paper again

I was recently asked to review a paper, and ended up recommending a rejection of the paper. The journal has, apparently, asked the authors to revise their paper, and the journal has come back to me ...
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In journals submissions, what does “Confirmation of Intent” mean?

I am planning to submit a manuscript for a special issue in a journal. The guest editor puts a deadline for Confirmation of Intent. What does this mean? What the editor expects from the authors at ...
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“With editor” status for 2 months: is it normal?

I'm a bit worried because one of my papers have been more than 2 months "with editor" status. It's a science journal, from a famous editorial and impact factor 3.3. I'm used to 48h desk reject and I ...
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What should you do if you don't hear anything back from editor after a whole year from first submission?

I have submitted a paper more than a year ago, but still I haven't heard anything back from the editor. As of today I have no idea whether my paper has been accepted/rejected or is in a review stage. ...
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Could I change part of my paper after acceptance

My paper is accepted in one of the Taylor and Francis journals and Today I figured out that I made a mistake in one row of one of my tables ( the minimum of one of variables in statistic analysis ...
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Is it acceptable for authors of papers in a special issue of a journal to review each others' papers?

A journal publishes a special issue on a controversial area of research studied by a rather limited community of researchers. Would it be acceptable for the editor of the journal to use the authors ...
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What is the work load of a journal reviewing editor?

I was wandering what was the work load of a journal reviewing editor? More precisely, if someone would like to apply for such a position, how much time is required to do the job correctly? I am of ...
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Editor didn't invite for a second review

I recently reviewed a paper and recommended Major Revision. I provided a referee report with some detailed comments on what the revision should address. I can see from the system that the Editor gave ...
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A year + for first review, one referee report in, want to withdraw paper

A paper of mine has been under review for more than a year now. About 6 months ago I heard from the journal that one referee report is in while they are waiting for the 2nd. The editor promised he ...
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How to respond to a perplexing review?

I've received a perplexing peer-review to a submitted paper of mine. The editor asks for major revisions, and sent us two reviews. The first one is serious and raises good points: we'll work, amend ...
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Is scanning an handwritten peer-review suitable for editor/authors?

I peer-reviewed a manuscript and am about to send my conclusions to the editor. It occurs to me, though, that because there are many details to be checked/changed in various places of the paper ...
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Is copyediting good for an academic career?

I have recently been involved in managing a special issue in a scientific journal. The chief-editor was somehow appreciative of my work and now wants me to join the journal's board as a copyeditor. I ...
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How long typically are paper reviews? Is there such a thing as “too long”?

When you review papers submitted for publication, is there an “optimal” length for reviews? In my experience as an author and referee, I have seen a large range of review lengths (for reference, a ...
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Can I put the editor in the Acknowledgements?

I am currently having an exceptionally good and fair editorial process with a paper. One of the two reviewers suggested a rejection (still providing many suggestions for improving the manuscript). ...
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Complaining about an ISI journal's unreasonable behavior

I submitted one of my paper to an ISI journal in September 2011. While I was waiting for it, I inquired about its status (I needed the paper to complete my PhD), and the journal wrote back saying that ...
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What to do when a journal publishes a paper plagiarizing one's work but doesn't care about it?

Recently I caught a paper which had plagiarized my paper. Several sentences had been copied from my article without citing my article. Some of the copied sentences had been shuffled, so the words were ...
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What corrections can you make on galley proofs?

When I receive galley proofs of a paper, I look at possible errors introduced by the copy-editing team. But while I proofread the article, there are sometimes small mistakes I'd like to fix, which ...
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When suggesting referee names, where do you draw the line for conflict of interest?

Journal submission guidelines in my field typically require the submitting author to provide the editor with a list of potential referees. The journal guidelines ask to suggest people with whom we ...