On the evaluation of work (typically, a publication or grant proposal) by the author's peers. This includes: refereeing, which is often used to 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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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 ...
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Double-blind review: submit a follow-up paper in a very short time

My colleagues and I are planning to submit to a conference which adopts double-blind review. The deadline of the conference is in 3 weeks. The work we plan to submit is built on our previous work that ...
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Academic Journal Article Peer-Review Feedback Tips

I've always been dissapointed in the feedback I receive when submitting articles for publication. Even when my work is accepted the suggest given are often vague and unclear. I know that most ...
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Do reviewers tend to reward or dismiss the use of new languages in scientific computing projects?

In the past I used to use a lot of Python/R/MATLAB which are the standard in many scientific disciplines. However, recently I have dived into Julia and now everything I'm doing is in Julia (including ...
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What do this status on ScholorOne Manuscripts mean? [duplicate]

Its my first research paper under review by IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing Previously the status was Under Review since March 1 2016 and now it is With Associate Editor I come to know ...
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application to be a reviewer

Can anybody post a template letter on how to ask a science journal to serve as a reviewer. Here's what I have.. I would like to serve as a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted to your esteemed ...
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Should I do someone else's peer-review work? [duplicate]

My secondary advisor approached me; he is on the program committee of a conference and asked if I were willing to review a research paper that is in my avenue of research. The review is part of the ...
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How to respond a reviewer's reply when he is asking about much more to be discussed?

I got review reply with three reviewers comments. Most of them are workable. I can address them while revising the manuscript. However, one reviewer is asking much more work, and based on my ...
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Are there risks in sharing a paper after submission and before reviews?

After submitting a paper for publication to a computer science conference, authors are excited about their work and want to share it with friends, colleagues. Are there any risks in sharing the paper ...
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Can we ask a journal to assign another reviewer to review our paper if we think that his/her review is not satisfactory?

Can we ask a journal to assign another reviewer to review our paper if we think that his/her review is not satisfactory, for instance if we have reason to believe that s/he is not familiar with the ...
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Referring a paper which is still under publication

My domain is Image Processing and Computer Vision. I've written a follow-up paper for my previous paper which is still not available in IEEE Xplore. I am submitting the new paper in a conference. I ...
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What is the effect of choosing the wrong topic(s) during conference paper submission?

My domain is Image processing. While submitting papers to conferences, authors are usually asked to select a primary and secondary topic for there paper. What is the actual purpose of this? What ...
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Response article to a flawed paper you reviewed

I recently reviewed an article. I found weaknesses in assumptions that meant none of the conclusions that were made could actually be made; basically they had absolutely no result. As such, I gave a ...
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Level of detail when reviewing a PhD thesis - very picky (draft) reviewer

I am currently finalizing my written PhD thesis. I think in practice it is often the case, that a PhD student has a formal advisor (often head of the lab, very busy) and then an actual advisor who is ...
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Is it ok to write a follow-up paper for a paper which has been accepted but not available online yet?

My field is image processing and computer vision. I wrote a paper and presented it in a conference in November 2015. The paper is yet to be available in IEEE Xplore. Now, I've written a follow-up ...
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What should I do, as my submitted paper is still under review after 1 year?

I'd just submitted a manuscript, corresponding to the "Space Robotics" field, to Robotics & Autonomous Systems Journal, on Mar. 1st 2015. Right after 1 month, its status changed to Under Review. I ...
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Should I disclose to the editor that I am reviewing a similar paper by different authors for a different journal?

About a year ago I received a request to review a paper from author X in journal A. The paper uses a hype tool T to solve a common problem, which is good, but due to some shortcomings in the ...
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Journal requests reviewers' comments from previous submission to other journals

Someone I know is submitting her work to a scientific journal. As part of the submission process she is requested to include in the cover letter the reviewers' comments, should the manuscript had ...
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Why would manuscript status change from “awaiting reviewer decisions” to “evaluation requests sent to reviewers”?

I submitted a manuscript two weeks ago to a journal. I was following the progress of handling my manuscript depending on the status revealed by the journal's website within my account. The status ...
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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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Is this ethical: “I like your paper and if you submit it to Journal X, I will be the reviewer”

Is this ethical? Researcher A asks Researcher B, "Where should I submit my paper?" Researcher B says, "If you submit it to Journal X, I will almost certainly be the reviewer and I think highly of ...
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How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers?

Suppose some author provides his original research article to a journal for publication. In this way, he is disclosing or revealing his confidential research work to that journal. Now, consider the ...
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How to review a paper that is not related to my field, when my advisor has asked me to review it for him and I can't refuse?

I am an M.Sc. student in computer science, working on machine learning. Recently my supervisor assigned me a paper on biomedical signals field to review. The review task is assigned to my advisor ...
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Do scholarly journals carry more weight than peer-reviewed ones? [closed]

I've ran across quite a few different types of journal-type publications. I seem to get quite a few more peer-reviewed journals than "traditional" scholarly ones. Considering the editing process ...
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What to do when you do not get an answer after 1 year [duplicate]

I am in the situation where I submitted an article 1 year and 4 months ago (Nov 2014). I already asked to editors about the status nearly five months ago and they replied they are still waiting for ...
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I can't access a reference of an article I am reviewing: what shall I do?

From time to time, I cannot access a reference of an article that I am reviewing, either because my university did not subscribe to some journals (and I failed to find it myself on sci-hub, Google, ...
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Asking for a Fourth Review

I have submitted a paper to a conference with a rebuttal phase. I have received the first round of reviews, and should be writing an answer which addresses issues raised by the reviewers. I have ...
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How long take the review process in IJBIC? [duplicate]

I send a paper to IJBIC a year ago, and I get a revision i made it and resubmit the paper 7months ago. Till now it stay under review. when i mail the editor he does not responded to my mails. is it ...