On the evaluation of work (typically, a publication or grant proposal) by the author's peers. This includes refereeing, which is often used determine an academic paper's suitability for publication in a journal or conference; peer evaluation of teaching skills; peer review of research grant ...

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During review, I found a superior solution. What now?

I received a journal paper for a review. The paper suggests a solution to an important problem, but the solution is very complicated and has mediocre performance. While reading the paper, I thought of ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get a graduate student to complete a manuscript peer review that the professor has been assigned? [duplicate]

Is it ethical to a professor to accept a manuscript for review, and then have a graduate student referee it? What about assisting as a referee? I understand that graduate students can be involved in ...
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Manuscript under review after seven months [duplicate]

I have a question about getting back from journal editor. I have submitted my manuscript for a journal for seven months. The status is still under review now. I asked the handling editor he never got ...
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What does “Reviews Completed” status mean in Springer? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to one of the Springer Journals through Editorial Manager almost 5 months back. The status changed from Editor Assigned to Under Review and now it is showing "Reviews Completed" ...
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Does frequency of citations from the same journal increase the odds of paper acceptance? [duplicate]

When I submit a manuscript to the editor, does the number of references from the same journal have any impact on his decision? Should I cite more? I am not talking about the quality of references ...
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What is the difference and proper use of “eg:” vs. “ie:”? [closed]

I see both used in some text books and they're different in not very consistent in academic papers.
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Is it ok to list reviewing experience in a resume when you don't have a PhD?

A friend of mine is has an appointment as research staff without any postgraduate degree, let alone a PhD. However, she has years of research experience and has single-handedly reviewed impact factor ...
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My paper was accepted, but I found an error affecting all of the figures. What will happen next?

I submitted a paper to a journal, and the decision was "accept with minor revisions." As I was addressing the reviewer questions to submit a final copy, I realized that I may have misrepresented the ...
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What to do when you are suspicious about numerical results in a submitted manuscript that you are reviewing?

I am currently reviewing a paper and feel suspicious about their numerical results. I feel their results have been slightly modified to exhibit their superiority compare to other comparative methods. ...
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Should a paper be reviewed if the introduction contains plagiarized passages?

I'm very new to being a peer reviewer. I agreed to anonymously review a paper for publication, and while reading it for the first time, I was a little annoyed by the writing style. It sort of reminded ...
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How to help a postgraduate student to write a book [closed]

What is the best way to help a weak student who has already completed her post-graduation but has also secured a result much worser than her expected result during the completion of graduation,to ...
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How should I handle poor English in reviewing an article that claims to be proofread by two native English speakers?

I was asked to review an article written by non-native English speakers. I had never seen this before, but the manuscript includes a link to a certificate from a website called Textcheck that says: ...
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Contact the editor on the acceptance chances of my article

I submitted a paper to a journal about two months ago and now the article has been under review for a month. It is my first article out for publication ever, so I am not the best at judging my chances ...
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Open Source Software and Reproducibility in Computer Science

As a PhD researcher in computer science, my scientific results often take the form of algorithms, which in turn come with implementations. I am convinced that releasing these implementations under an ...
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Can I challenge a paper already published in a peer review conference/journal?

I recently came across several papers in the area of Information Extraction and Data Mining which seem to have passed the review process even if they (1) use some new terminology without describing ...
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When should an editor use reviewers recommended by authors of a submitted manuscript?

I am a newly appointed editor to a top journal. I have received my first manuscript assignment. I see in the journal system that the authors have provided preferences for reviewers for their paper. I ...
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Asking to see other reviews

I recently reviewed a paper for a math journals. I recommended to reject the paper but my decision was overridden because of two other positive reviews. Is it a common practice to ask to see the other ...
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How do journal editors and reviewers view previously published conference paper?

I am submitting my paper to a journal, but a very small part of the work was previously presented in a quite prestigious international conference (although not the top). The journal policy allows for ...
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Is there some standard protocol to suggesting reviewers/referees for a paper?

I'm submitting to a journal and they require me to suggest several reviewers. Do they mean that I should select from among members of the editorial board, or do they mean that I should recommend from ...
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How do I referee a paper when the authors may be behaving dishonestly?

This is a follow-up to this question: Should I recommend rejection for a paper I referee if the authors don't make changes that they could have made? To recap: I was sent a paper to referee by ...
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What should a reply to a peer review look like?

Recently I have received a peer-review letter on my article. While preparing an answer I've found that I have no idea what I should include in the answer. There is multiple "idea" notes and few ...
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Received a book review request, how to know if publisher is credible?

I received a book review request from a publishing company called PACKT. How do I know if the company and book is credible and if the effort would be worthy?
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What does the “re-review” mean?

We have written a revised manuscript since the original version is received a decision of "major revision." Since the status remained "reviewer assigned," we sent a mail with requesting clarification. ...
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Is it ethical to explicitly or implicitly bias against student papers unless co-authored with senior researcher(s)?

A few days ago I was browsing open-access social-science journals and I found one ‘author guideline’ explicitly saying that they are accepting student submissions if and only if the manuscript is ...
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Does citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of the submitted paper to be accepted?

A paper submitted to some peer-reviewed venue might cite some of the reviewer's papers. Is there any research/study that looked whether citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of a ...
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Editor rejected for small reasons

The reviewers comments are so simple that I can correct them and send them immediately. But the editor says cannot accept the manuscript. Is there any chance that if we justify the comments, there can ...
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Is it a common practice for reviewers to recommend their own papers in the review?

I am reviewing a paper on a topic on which I have published some work previously as an author. While going through this current paper as a reviewer, I felt I could recommend my paper on the similar ...
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How should I handle reviewing a paper that is very similar to something I am working on?

I was sent a paper to review recently. I decided to review the paper and saw that part of the paper is on a very similar method that I have been working on recently. Not the wording, of course, but ...
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How many papers should a Ph.D. student review for their professor per year?

My professor asks us on a frequent basis to review papers and get together, discuss their merit and come up with a review. This happens in bursts, where I may do 2 one week 2 another and then go for 3 ...
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Should I recommend rejection for a paper I referee if the authors don't make changes that they could have made?

Earlier this year, I received a paper to referee for the top journal in my field of research. I know both of the authors. The first recently completed a Ph.D. working with a friend of mine. My ...
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Can I get inspired from Patented Algorithm?

I read an algorithm that is patented, I was inspired in one part of it and applied something similar (not exact) to my algorithm (e.g one step they applied out of their 10 steps algorithm I used in my ...
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Are reviewers impressed by a quick response to a request to revise and resubmit?

My colleagues believe that if you submit your manuscript revisions quickly, reviewers will be impressed by your confidence about the issues raised. However, I think that a quick response is not ...
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Do you believe that all the papers which are published do really deserve to be published? [closed]

Have you ever felt that the paper you are reading from a reputable journal did not deserve to be published?
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Can I ask a journal editor about an invited review paper?

I would like to know whether I can place an inquiry to a journal editor about writing an invited review paper. In particular, I would like to write a review paper on a particular topic which is ...
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Question on “Awaiting Production Checklist” Status for Manuscript

After my paper was accepted, the status in the ScholarOne manuscript center changed from accepted to "accept" with the additional "awaiting production checklist". Now it has been about 3-4 weeks ...
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Is it a bad sign, if reviews are completed very early? [duplicate]

My manuscript was sent to the reviewers of an Elsevier journal around 10 days ago. Today, I logged into EES and saw that the status has changed to Required Reviews Completed. I couldn’t believe it. My ...
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Paper got rejected, should thank original referees when sending it to another journal?

I got a paper rejected even if the associated editor and the referees liked the paper - it was more of a question of fit. Now I am sending the paper to a similar ranked journal that might be a better ...
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Can I have external people proof-read texts from teammates in a group project?

I'm attending a seminar, where we've been tasked to read some papers, extract information for them, and write an essay about our findings. The lecturer has teamed me up with two other students for ...
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Author wants to withdraw or insist on re-reviewing at proof stage of publication

I am editing a small scholarly journal published by a learned society. One of our authors, after his manuscript was finally accepted for publication and he had signed and returned the publishing ...
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Is it possible to submit a paper to a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal without PhD and get it accepted?

Is it possible to submit a paper to a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal without PhD? More specifically, what would be the bare minimum qualifications that would grant one the possibility of the paper ...
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Do people say why they decline a paper review request?

I am curious to know what actions are generally thought to be acceptable when one sends a request for a paper review, especially a journal one. When academics are asked to review a manuscript and ...
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What to do when the claims in a paper are proven to be wrong?

What can be done to correct an error that might be hiding a certain author's sole purpose of publishing a paper, no matter the soundness of their method? In a nutshell, the particular case that ...
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In which case does PLOS ONE use a third reviewer?

We have submitted our manuscript 10 weeks ago to PLOS ONE and are still waiting for a first decision. We sent an inquiry, and they replied that the paper is under review with a 3rd reviewer. Does it ...
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Does the choice of programming language affect paper acceptance in mechanical engineering?

I have published papers in the field of mechanical engineering, combustion, engines, etc. Previously I relied on MATLAB for most of my data processing, and C++/Fortran for computations. I duly cite ...
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What is “teaser image”?

What is "teaser image"? It is asked by a journal in a revision request. The only info that I was able to find is at this link: Please identify a teaser image from your manuscript that may be used ...
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Should a journal ever reveal the name of an anonymous reviewer?

Recently, the single-blind peer-review process failed to appropriately deal with highly sexist comments. An anonymous reviewer provided a sexist review and the Academic Editor forwarded it on. They ...
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Submitting a paper to a journal: is it OK to indicate the Editor of that journal as a reviewer?

I have quite good experience in submitting papers, but I have never met in journals' guidelines any statements about the possibility of indicating editors themselves as reviewers. I think the implicit ...
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To resubmit a rejected paper or to choose another journal? How to decide?

Last week I received the decision on my paper which I had submitted to a high rank physics journal. Their response was: These comments suggest that the present version of the manuscript is not ...
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Is Australian Business Deans Council Journal Quality List 2013 a good metric to ascertain journal quality?

I found some discussion on how one should avoid journals on Beall's list. Related: How do you judge the quality of a journal? I wish to know about other such lists to ascertain good journals. ...
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A trivial correction to my currently-under-review paper - What to do? [duplicate]

I have several small corrections to apply to a paper which is currently under review. The errors are - as far as I can say - not very significant. There is a citation which it would be good to ...