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How to use results/ideas from a paper I reviewed?

I recently reviewed a paper (general applied mathematics context). During the review, I realized that the fairly general ideas introduced in the paper can potentially be applied to a specific problem ...
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Should I breach peer-review confidentiality if I suspect misconduct and the editor is not willing to pursue it?

I was a peer reviewer for a paper that I did not find credible. The data were archived after the paper was published and show many curious or impossible (non-integer counts for example) patterns. I ...
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Would this be right to respond to all the reviewers queries simultaneously in single files along with their queries?

I have prepared all answers to all the queries raised by reviewers in major revision. Would it be ok if I respond to both reviewers in single pdf file in following format: Reviewer #1: Query ...
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Under what circumstances is there a conflict of interest for a researcher to be a reviewer of a submitted academic paper?

If I were asked to review a paper, under what circumstances would I be expected to decline out of a conflict of interest? Could I review a paper for someone... I have collaborated with N years ago? ...
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Should I respond to editors about unprofessional review?

I think I am in a very similar situation to this question, with the exception that my submission has been refused. I do not want to start a flame, but to me, one of the two reviewers didn't took the ...
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How to respond to peer review - a step by step guide to my first response?

I'm in the process of responding to my first peer review (major revisions). There seems to be a lot of advice out there, (even some stuff here: How to write good Response Letters for the reviewers) ...
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How to interpret reviews that focus only on grammar mistakes but a decision of “consider after major changes”?

I recently received the reviews for an article I submitted a few months back to a journal. Reviewers did not comment on the results proved; i.e., they did not indicate the presence of any errors in ...
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Does careful selection of graph colors in a manuscript have any positive impact on reviewers?

I have just completed an article in which results are interpreted by means of 3D-plots; there are almost 15 plots in my article. Since plots could have a major impact on the reviewers’ decision, I am ...
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How I can respond to this major revision?

Recently I have received major revision on manuscript submitted to springer journal. In the manuscript I have devise a methodology by which very decent results are derived and I called these results ...
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Registering Systematic Review in PROSPERO

I have recently submitted a systematic review (SR) to a journal. One of the reviewers pointed out, that my SR was not registered in PROSPERO (http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/), an international ...
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Referee report ignored and not sent to authors [closed]

I am early in my career (postdoc) and don't get many papers to review. Thus when I do, I try to put in the work, do a good job, and write a constructive report that is actually useful to the authors. ...
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Literature review in thesis and research paper

What are the major differences between a thesis and research paper literature review? Despite the volume of literature citations between thesis and research article what are the other major ...
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What makes a research paper low-quality? [closed]

As a reviewer, what are some obvious signs to you that a paper is low-quality?
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Is it ok to share/show(for review) the proof that you made for your research paper on stackexchange

Some time I have to use some mathematical proofs in my research papers. In many situations it happens that the proof is my own and I have not seen it in the literature. In these situations the proof ...
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What additional revisions can I make in a journal paper after review, beyond those suggested by reviewers?

Suppose that I have submitted a paper to a journal, and I have a list of suggested changes from the referee. Then, let's say I put the article in the appropriate format and make the suggested ...
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Do the editors of journals really know about expertise of reviewers?

Recently my supervisor received review request from very reputed journal of Elsevier and he passed it to me because he is not much familiar with the field in which paper was written, but as I was ...
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What does a brief quick referee report mean?

A rather prestigious mathematical journal asked me recently to referee a paper. More precisely, they asked me to provide "a brief (but relatively quick) report". Does this mean that this is only a ...
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Status of submitted paper changed - why? [duplicate]

Two months ago, I submitted a (mathematical) paper to a journal. On the journal's website, there is a status concerning the paper, e.g. "Rejected", "Awaiting reviewer selection" and so on. About two ...
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Can I get code reviewed if it might be published or referenced in a publication?

I am a recently-graduated high school senior in the United States who is currently doing research with a professor in a lab at the university that I will attend. One of the components of the project ...
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Review paper authored by a current collaborator

I have a simple question about a math paper, since I don't have a lot of experience in reviewing papers. I have currently received a request for reviewing a paper for publication. I would normally ...
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Colleague asks for feedback on a paper of which I am a reviewer

More than once, I have found myself with a curious ethical dilemma. Due to the nature of the dilemma, however, I have waiting quite some time to ask this question, in order to increase the anonymity ...
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What is too obvious to explain in a scientific paper?

Recently I had my paper reviewed for potential publishing. With no big surprise I need to make some adjustments to my paper. One of the criticisms was that my work lacks "textbook explanations" (e.g. ...
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What is the meaning of 'under review' after making a minor revision? [duplicate]

Last week I received a minor revision decision letter from a journal's editor. I made revisions in accordance with the reviewers' comments and resubmit the manuscript to the ScholarOne system. And now ...
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Can my supervisor prevent me from publishing by affecting reviewers opinion?

Lately, and after long time of work in my PhD, I was able to get a result that is brand new, very strong and important. My supervisor though seems jealous and wants me not to publish before finishing ...
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Changes in major revision

Can I change statistical results (mistakes) a discussion section with new results in a major revision stage? I corrected all the comments of reviewers but I don't know what should i do in this case. ...
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How to survive in a small field where unethical senior professors on major editorial boards abuse their power?

In my small area in STEM, there are quite a few unethical senior professors who are members of editorial boards of almost all major high impact journals and seem to abuse their power. They are ...
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How common is it to get one very positive and one very negative review?

In the past year I have, on three separate projects submitted to three different venues (both conferences and journals), received incredibly mixed reviews. In each case there have been two reviewers, ...
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Level of detail when reviewing the language of a low quality paper

I am currently reviewing a computer science conference paper. I like to give constructive feedback both related to the content as well as for language issues, such as typos or grammatical mistakes. ...
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Why is the deadline given for refereeing manuscripts so much shorter than the typical time between submission and acceptance?

On a few occasions, I was asked to review manuscripts (for well-known, mainstream journals) with a 2-3 month deadline. I found this to be a short period given that the papers published in these ...
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Should I trust a study that doesn't mention sample size, but that is published in a scholarly journal?

I'm doing a bit of research on the exchange experiences of international students for my supervisor. I came across an article in the Journal of Education for Business that is relevant to my topic: '...
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How to cancel an article submission?

My article submission is in first 'Under Review' status since more than 6 months. The journal editor did not answer on my request for submission. Can I cancel my submission of the journal or must I ...
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Want to add new data to my recently submitted paper

I recently submitted my manuscript to Journal of optics (IOP Publishing). Unfortunately,I noticed that I forgot to add one specific figure to the paper. The general quality of the manuscript is good. ...
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Shall I be listed as technical program committee member if I accepted an invitation and did three reviews?

I receive often invitations to serve as TPC (Technical Program Committee) member. Some are from my colleagues but some are just from random people who I don't know. If I agree to serve as TPC member ...
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How to deal with consequential rounding errors when verifying the works of others?

to give a stupid example of a rounding error: on a test, the student is asked to calculate the circumference of a circle with radius 6.2. You personally did the math with π rounded to 3.14 and ...
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Re-sending a rejected paper to the same conference next year

I sent a paper to a top-tier computer-science conference, it was rejected and I got several useful suggestions for improvement. I improved the paper accordingly and I consider to submit it to the same ...
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After six months under review and after an e-mail to the editor

I submitted a 3-paged paper to a journal of MAA at November. I did not get a responce from the editor until the fifth of May so I decided to send an e-mail to the editor to ask (in a very polite way) ...
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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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Do academic reviewers have a duty to critique authors who submit questionable research?

I recently reviewed a paper that made some very strong claims that were not supported by the data. However, it was much more than that. These claims were so extreme that that were actively misleading: ...
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What does it mean if the “upload updated article” feature is still active four months after submission?

I submitted an article to the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing four months ago. Its status now is “Reviewing”. However, in the submission details, the upload updated ...
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How to respond to reviewers that ask you to “look again at your results” without providing further details?

Recently my research paper got major revision in which one of the reviewer ask me to look again at the results I have derived without pointing to any specific item of results. I have double checked my ...
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Double blind review: anonymise data source?

Apologies if this has already been answered: but I could only find questions relating to paper citations and grants in relation to double-blind reviews on academia. If you are submitting a paper to a ...
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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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No response from Journal even after 3 Months of submission [duplicate]

I had submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier Journal in February 9, 2016. Usually it takes time of around 1 week to get the manuscript number assigned something like XXXX-D-16-XXX and status changes ...
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How can I obfuscate my writing style when I review papers?

Does anyone have any good advice for obfuscating one's writing style when reviewing papers? I have a fear that I would inadvertently use the same turn of phrase in a referee report as in some ...
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Why don't researchers request payment for refereeing?

One of the most criticized aspects of the current publishing scheme, is that academics do pretty much all the work for free and publishers get the money. Why don't people just charge a fee when ...
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How do I determine if a paper has undergone anonymous peer review of its statistical analysis?

I heard on Twitter today about a paper stating that after the Snowden leaks, people looked up terrorism-related topics less on Wikipedia. I'm not worried about deliberate fabrication of data, but I'm ...
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Status still “ Editor Assignment Pending” after 8 weeks [duplicate]

I submitted my paper in Journal of Intelligent Information Systems (springer) The journal says the average time from submission to decision is 1 month, but after 8 weeks the paper status is still ...
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Asking a complete stranger for a subreview for a conference?

This question is about Computer Science firstly, I don't know if it applies to other domains I am a PC member of some international conference in my field. I got a large number of papers to review, ...
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What is considered “completed work” for a conference submission

I was looking at submitting to a conference where the call says: completed work only Q1: Now what exactly is considered completed work here? That I have already submitted that paper to ...