In academia, peer review or refereeing is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication by experts in the same field.

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Worthwhile to put subreviewing on CV as a grad student?

It is common for PhD students in Computer Science to assist their advisors with reviewing conference papers, known as subreviewing. The students' reviews may or may not get turned in with the actual ...
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Can reviewing papers help increase your credibility as a researcher?

I was wondering if reviewing papers for established journals was a way to increase ones credibility as a researcher? My question is related to the fact that the journal editors, that are ...
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Who can peer-review articles?

I was unable to find any information online about this. I asked a colleague who told me that there are no restrictions on who may review an article, although he thought it was very unlikely that an ...
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Reviewing a revision, after the original review did not reach the authors

A couple of months back, I reviewed a manuscript and recommended a Major Revision. Ten days ago, I received the revision for review, with a note from the editor asking me to expedite, since the review ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to mistakenly reject a quality paper?

If I am not wrong, turbo codes was submitted to the ICC conference and rejected but accepted later on. I want to know if there are other similar works (strong works) that were rejected at first but ...
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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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Responding to positive grant reviews?

A common way to handle grant applications seems to be to request external reviews, to which the applicant can then respond. Reviews and response together are discussed at a panel where the proposals ...
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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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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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How to reply to reviewers on an unintentional wrong proof in my research paper?

I submitted a research paper and the reply has come back. The reviewers are positive overall, but one of them pointed out a flaw in one of my proofs. This happened because I made a wrong assumption ...
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Why would a journal accept my previous paper for publication, but reject latest manuscript due to being “outside of the journal's scope?”

I submitted a manuscript last year to an IEEE journal, and the paper was accepted for publication. I recently submitted a new manuscript to the same journal, but, this time, the paper was rejected, ...
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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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Is there a limit to the number of rounds in a peer-review process?

I was reading about what makes reasonable grounds for rejecting a paper and came across the following statement: ... two major revisions are not allowed. Does it mean that only two rounds of ...
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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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What suggestions should I make when reviewing a poorly written paper?

Since I need a break from the reviewing... Often in my field I review papers from researchers in Asia (reviews are not double blind) which are poorly written. By poorly written, I don't mean that the ...
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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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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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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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Paper Rejection on Molecular Biology, What should I do?

I'm a third year undergraduate right now. I submitted a review on Cell motility, waited 6 months and got a rejection. The first reviewer appointed the manuscript as "publishable with corrections" and ...
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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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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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Removing some citations between initial and final submission of paper

Is it considered bad practice or unethical to remove some references/citations between the initial paper submission and the final one? I submitted an 8-page conference paper, it got peer-reviewed, it ...
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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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Is there such a thing called native speaker bias when publishing?

This has been a subject that has occupied my thoughts for the past years but haven't really managed to formulate it completely for myself. I have this feeling (and I can't say it's more than a feeling ...
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How often is a bad review from the reviewers due to the potential competition with your work?

Reviewers are expert in their fields who can understand your work but are also potential competitors if they worked in the same field as you do. How frequent is a bad review from the reviewers due to ...
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Is it appropriate as a referee to contact an author after the editor rejected the manuscript?

This is related to this question, but it is more a special case of it. I reviewed a manuscript, which was submitted to a reputable traditional journal. The journal has a single-blind review system. I ...
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How to show interest to serve as a TPC or reviewer in top conferences?

My Questions: How can I express interest to receive invitation to serve as a reviewer in a top ranked conference? Currently I am registered with the conference review system (i.e., EDAS) and I receive ...
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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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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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Would you submit your paper that got rejected in a top-tier venue to a lower rank conference?

My question is simple: If you have a paper that got rejected two or three times (border-line* rejects every time) from top-tier conferences, would you polish it and resubmit it again to similar or ...
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Paper on project without any result - how to conclude

I'm reporting on an engineering project that is in its early phases. Therefore, there are no results, but there is already a quite detailed plan on how the problems in the project can be conquered. ...
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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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Permited peer assistance in PhD and MSc thesis

Where I live, it's quite common for MSc students to seek help from "professionals" in this field. What they do varies from simple peer-review-like service and in the worst case they provide a full ...
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Why don't things work with comparisons in reference letters and refereeing?

This recent question How high should I rate a good student for PhD admission? is just an example of how puzzling the problem of writing reference letters is. One knows that there is inflation in the ...
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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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In single-blind peer-review, can you reveal your identity without the editor's consent?

In my field (chemistry), review is always done in a single blind process, i.e. the author does not know who the referees were, but the referees do know who the authors are. In ten years, I have never ...
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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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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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Are spelling issues part of the reviewer's job?

During peer-review, is it part of the job of the reviewer to check the spelling, typos, grammar, and suggest improvement? It will help the paper and seems part of the job, but seeing some manuscripts ...
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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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Can a referee request a paper referenced in the reviewed paper?

If you review a paper which relies on results some other paper and you do not have access to that paper, is it acceptable to contact the editor and ask whether the author can provide a copy of the ...
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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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How to offer a reviewer to be co-author?

I currently have a paper submitted to PNAS. We had two rounds of revisions, and following detailed suggestions from one reviewer, we have improved our proposed algorithm a lot: its complexity is now ...
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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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As a reviewer, how much raw data or code should you request?

The topic of reproducible research is attracting quite some press these days, yet much remains to be done. In this spirit, I am asking what can be a reviewer's role in this — I'll explain fully below. ...
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Obligation to tell journal of flaws in paper previously reviewed?

The blog Retraction Watch posted an interesting question the other day about reviewing the same paper twice, rejecting it both times, and then later finding out it was published in a different ...