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117 views

Is paper reviewing for journals that are not JCR-listed worth the time?

Is it worthwhile to spend some time as reviewer of journals which are not JCR-indexed? I do not know in the rest of the world, but in Spain all that matters are those listed in JCR. NOTE: I am a ...
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138 views

Are there any good strategies for conveying the true significance of the results that look obvious post factum?

In nearly any field there is a number of important results which look obvious to experts post factum but somehow are not that easy to come by in the first place (e.g. in mathematics some important ...
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1answer
113 views

Word limit for paper after addressing reviewer's comments

After submitting a paper, receiving comments back from reviewers and revising, the paper manuscript may be longer than the given word limit due to the additional content added (even if it was at or ...
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2answers
284 views

When is it prudent to argue against a suggested revision to a journal paper?

Most journals have a peer review process, where there are several rounds of reviews and modifications over a single paper. In my particular case, one of these reviews was, in my opinion, a bit over ...
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If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?

When I am reading papers, sometimes I see statements like Manuscript received October 29, 2012; accepted March 16, 2014. Does this implies that the paper is directly accepted?
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374 views

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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1answer
167 views

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 can a professor who has signed The “Cost of Knowledge” pledge review papers without having to recant?

A large majority of researchers in my field publish in Elsevier journals. However, a professor who is widely regarded as an authority in my field has, some years ago, signed The Cost of Knowledge ...
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880 views

What should I do as a reader if a paper misrepresented earlier papers?

I was reading a paper from a reputable journal and found that the authors misrepresented earlier papers that they cited, by saying something like Theory X was developed in [A, B, and C], but the ...
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1answer
104 views

Question of under review -situation

I apologize if my question is familiar here and handled here before, I just would be happy to have a short comment by somebody on following simple situation: I submitted my paper in beginning of ...
12
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661 views

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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How long do editor decisions take at Science/Nature?

What does the distribution of wait times for a editor decision look like for a manuscript submitted to Science or Nature? (You are not allowed to say "Gamma" unless you give a shape and scale ...
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1answer
284 views

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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Providing comments to approve or reject journal “Special Issues”

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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97 views

Doubt regarding uploading Tables and Figures for the accepted manuscript

The instructions of the engineering journal I submitted to (IEEE transactions on wireless communications) says this regarding the final submission of figures and tables Please upload the Originals ...
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2answers
331 views

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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269 views

What changes should be notated in a journal resubmission?

I am currently in the process of submitting a manuscript to a journal. During this process my manuscript has come back for revision, and the journal has asked for an updated manuscript with revisions ...
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1k views

Are there any journals that pay reviewers?

Being a young researcher myself I received a comment from my colleague that some of the journals are paying reviewers for the reviewing process. When I gave it a thought, it started to make more ...
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Personal advantages of being a referee once you quit science?

I previously asked this question in the physics forum (tag soft-question), but was convinced that it better suits in the academia forum. So I deleted it and posted it here. I was recently asked to ...
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3answers
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Sending manuscript to a journal that rejected an earlier paper

As a beginner researcher, several years ago, I sent some (2-3) papers to a quality journal (with ISI IF). The papers were rejected. Now I am preparing a manuscript, which is in my opinion much more ...
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4answers
2k views

What can I do if I am constantly invited as a reviewer, but don't have the time?

I've recently started as a PhD student, but had previous publications in forms of conference papers and various talks, so I consider myself very experienced with my particular field of research. One ...
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5answers
595 views

How ambitious should one be in picking a journal to submit to?

I've finished a mathematics paper with two co-authors, and I need to decide on a journal to submit it to. More so than my other papers, I don't have much of a sense for how "good" it is. It is a ...
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2answers
85 views

What is “research-based intervention program”?

I received the following comment from a journal reviewer: There is a need to conduct a research-based intervention program which compare between other solutions and your solution. Such research ...
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2answers
984 views

Is It a Common Practice to Contact the Reviewers?

I am about to submit my article in a peer reviewed journal which requires the contacts of three potential reviewers of my work. I can think of a few names whose works I have cited in the paper (who, I ...
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2answers
164 views

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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1answer
215 views

Lengths of review process of mathematical journals

Do you have any file containing the information of peer-review process lengths of mathematical journals?If yes, It will be very helpful for me. Thanks for your helps.
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809 views

In a peer review system, what does “accepted for first look” mean for a submission?

As the title puts it, what is the real meaning of this stage of a peer reviewing process and how are the odds for having a submitted paper accepted change if it's accepted for this stage? (Does it ...
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305 views

Acknowledgements and reviewer selection

For some reason, I was always under the impression that people that are included in the acknowledgement section of paper are not contacted to review your paper because they would be predisposed to ...
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769 views

Acknowledging the discussion with someone in the paper but excluding this person as a reviewer: how to do this?

While writing a paper I discussed its first draft with a certain colleague (he is from a different university, so it is not likely that he will be automatically ruled out as a reviewer as suggested in ...
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6answers
885 views

Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals?

Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals? I am suspicious that it may violate the double blind review requirements and I couldn't find ...
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1k views

I have been invited to peer review a manuscript for a reputable journal. This is my first so I have a few questions to the more experienced

Are PhD students generally invited for such reviews? I was under the impression they would prefer someone with a Doctorate degree or more experience in the field. What are the ...
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IEEE TVCG length of review process

We recently submitted an article to IEEE's Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics journal. It is the first time I submit to a journal so I am a bit unfamiliar with the process, being used ...
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2answers
112 views

Should referencing critical comments on papers that have been referenced be obligatory?

Say a paper submitted for publication in a journal by Prof. Bertie Wooster references a paper by Dr Augustus Fink-Nottle, but that paper was the subject of a critical peer-reviewed comment by Prof. ...
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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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266 views

Copyright and ownership for rejected papers that are edited based on peer review

I submitted a paper to a journal and I got extensive reviews, and the paper was rejected, but they encouraged resubmission if I successfully did a bit more science and made other drastic revisions. ...
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Assume an undergrad has something worth publishing: how might (s)he get it published?

I study undergraduate philosophy. I wrote a paper (beyond the coursework) that presents a solution to one of the unsolved problems facing our conceptions of personal identity. I regard it as worth ...
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441 views

Soliciting pre-submission manuscript comments from people who could later be peer reviewers

Before submitting a manuscript to a journal, it is fairly common at least in my field (psychology) to circulate the manuscript in a limited way to a small number of people who are experts in the area ...
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Should I agree to review papers as a postdoc?

I am a post doc in mathematics, and was just sent a request to review a paper. This is the first time it happened to me. I never heard of this journal before, but it is a Springer journal, and upon ...
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Peer review - Reject and recommend another journal

I am currently reviewing a paper, which is definitely not suitable for the journal where it was submitted (high impact, topics should be interesting for a broad audience). The content is not new and ...
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574 views

If I refereed a paper at one journal (and it was rejected) should I referee it again when it's sent to another journal?

A couple months ago I refereed a paper for one journal. Due to a number of factors, I recommended that it not be published in that particular journal, and gave the author a bunch of comments on how ...
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If research design, data analysis, and results only are good, where is the line between suggesting major revision and rejection?

Disclaimer: I am quite fresh as a researcher, even more as a reviewer. I am reviewing a paper that appears to report a well-conducted empirical study, with proper data analysis. The results of the ...
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727 views

Resource for journal acceptance rates

Does anyone know of a resource or study that compiles statistics about paper acceptance rates in various journals? I am more interested in biomedical journals, but this would be a good place to list ...
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517 views

Do editors ever “overbook” referees?

Is the following common? An editor for a journal sends a paper out to, say, three or four referees. After getting the first two referee reports, the editor makes a decision and tells the third and ...
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792 views

What to change between Conference and Journal Paper?

If one is extending work previously published in conference proceedings, what must be changed? Specifically, does one need to change the Introduction, Background Work, or similar sections that are ...
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172 views

Why do some journals want figures at the end?

This is one question that probably has an archaic answer. I recently reviewed a paper for a journal that stuck all the figures at the end (with placeholders in-text). Where I publish, we typically ...
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Why does editor reject when reviewers recommend acceptance?

I have recently received a response for a paper submission. The paper expanded on a conference presentation, and it was submitted to the journal special issue related to that conference. All three ...
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How to suggest reviewers for a Journal?

I recently tried submitting a paper to a Journal. The submission process mandatory required suggesting three reviewers. Is it a norm in Journal submissions ? If yes, how should one choose reviewers ...
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1k views

Should I accept review requests from dubious journals?

I'm a graduate student with, so far, one published article in a peer-reviewed journal. Since the article came out, I've been receiving increasing amounts of "academic e-mail spam" from people wanting ...
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Why don't all disciplines follow a double-blind review system?

I'm new to the journal publishing world, and I can't but help wonder why the review process isn't completely blind? By blind, I mean the reviewers don't know who performed the research or (more ...
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How do I recognise a peer-reviewed journal article?

I have lots of research papers, but can I tell which of them are peer-reviewed. Also, on Google Scholar, is there any way of finding only peer-reviewed articles?