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Standard method for showing changes made to a LaTeX manuscript [on hold]

I am about to resubmit a manuscript to a journal, having now addressed the reviewers' feedback. The instructions say to submit my final manuscript along with a "marked-up manuscript", which is "the ...
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Is it normal to find unknown work during peer-review process?

I worked on my research for about 2 years and recently submitted a paper to a reputed conference. The referee reports came back and one of the referees pointed out papers that I should have ...
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How to write a good paper review? [duplicate]

I just started my Masters in computer science, and I started working on a research project with one of my professors last term as a part of a class project for his class. In relation to that project, ...
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Strategies for reviewing a paper that has non-English references

I am reviewing a paper that quite heavily builds upon work that has only been published in Russian and Romanian, which are languages I (unfortunately) do no speak. Therefore it is quite difficult for ...
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My paper was under review for two days and now is 'Awaiting AE Recommendation'. What does this indicate?

I submitted a research paper to a journal. After one day the status was EA assignment pending and after two more days it was under review. But only after two days under review the status changed to ...
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Will the origin of anecdote in paper violate double-blind policy?

A paper I am writing utilizes a short story from Japan to make a point. In the paper, I have written the punch-line in Japanese, with a translation added. I am not from Japan, but would such an ...
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Should I review for a new journal whose publisher is unjustifiably listed in Beall's list of predatory publishers?

I received a review request from an open access journal, which is brand new. It has published about 10 articles so far. The articles seem to be of mediocre quality but do not seem to plagiarize other ...
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Should you correct grammar mistakes during peer review?

In almost any paper there is an abundance of classical errors, such as omitting the "s" at the end of a third person singular verb. I am growing tired of painstakingly listing the page and line for ...
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Decision for a revised manuscript [closed]

Based on your experience, how long did you have to wait for a manuscript decision after major revision in technical disciplines?
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Difference between “referee” and “reviewer”?

I've seen the terms "referee" and "reviewer" both used to describe a person who gives feedback to a paper in a journal submission. Are there differences between the two terms? Is one used in some ...
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How can I be a good reviewer?

Someday, as strange as it feels to me right now, I might be asked to review an article for publication. A while ago my advisor and I were talking about this, and it hit me that I don't really know how ...
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The correct & acceptable phrase to indicate that some papers are very likely to be accepted

I have several papers that are resubmitted to journals with minor revisions. I feel they are very much likely to be accepted by the time my actual Ph.D. viva takes place in one month. But I need to ...
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Is it inappropriate to share journal article reviews?

I want to put the LaTeX source files for a paper that I just published up on GitHub (technically they are already there, but private). Is it inappropriate to include the (anonymous) reviews and my ...
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The review results for my journal paper submitted to the special issue of a reputed journal is 45 days overdue. Is it normal and what should I do?

I submitted a research paper to a special issue of a reputed computer science journal (SCI indexed) and the results were due on January 31st. However, the results have not been announced to date, and ...
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How accurate are published papers?

I'm an undergrad trying to publish findings on the accuracy of consumer-grade motion sensors for IEEE. I've searched for existing literature on this topic, and I've found some interesting articles. ...
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Editor's mail with no reviewer's comment

Recently I submitted second revision of my manuscript in a highly reputed mathematics journal. My first revision was a major revision while the second one was a minor (with some terms like paper is ...
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What are the best tips for developing a framework to write a (systematic) review paper?

Perhaps, this is a meta-level question. Most review papers narrate the story of the field/problem or summarize a large but focused body of literature. The authors are usually senior level faculties ...
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Can my PhD thesis supervisor be a reviewer for my paper?

I want to know whether my PhD thesis supervisor (with whom I have co-authored many papers) is allowed to be a reviewer for one of my journal submissions?
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Should I review a paper that violates the maximum length limitation?

I am reviewing a conference paper that violates the maximum number of pages by more than 10%. I believe that this is enough reason to outright reject the paper. However, maybe the authors would ...
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How to approach a Book Review Editor

I would like to build up my publication profile, including the writing of book reviews. I am not well-known by any means having just completed my PhD, though I am now working full time (contract) as a ...
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When does it make sense to send more inquiries asking about review progress to PLoS ONE?

My paper has been under review for 2.5 months now at PLoS ONE. I am still waiting for the first review result. I have sent three inquiries to ask about the progress, and all the responses were ...
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If one got good feedback from a double-blind review, is it ever possible/ justifiable to find out who the reviewer was?

I got some impressively lengthy, detailed and mostly positive feedback in a double-blind peer review for a paper. Is it ok (or even possible), or is it against best practices (and considered taboo), ...
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Should editors and reviewers be listed alongside authors, to give them credit?

Reviewing an article in your field is an interesting and rewarding experience. Any scientist has, of course, a moral obligation for reviewing other people's work just like he has his/her own work ...
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Do the reviewers ask the authors to send their programming codes for the paper? [duplicate]

I am writing a paper for a Elsevier journal in optimization field. I was curious to ask, Do the reviewers ask the authors to send their Matlab or,.. codes of paper to proof their validness or honesty? ...
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What should I do if I uploaded my manuscript in arxiv and plan to pass it on a peer reviewed journal?

I have a question related to this post, Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals? What should I do if I uploaded my manuscript on ...
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What can cause a delay of several weeks between an editor receiving reviews and you receiving a response from the editor?

I had submitted research paper to a journal two and half months ago. It was under review for two months and now the status is showing that the paper is with editor from last ten days. If the paper has ...
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Is it unethical to send unofficial feedback to authors of a paper which I declined to review due to conflict of interest?

I was asked to review a paper which was submitted to a conference. The author of the paper was one of my former professors* and of course I declined to review the submission due to conflict interest. ...
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Asking about the status of paper you refereed?

I refereed a paper after a skim-through and a careful examination of about (1/3) of it after a couple of weeks, and then sent it back due to expository issues, a few gripes about certain things not ...
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Are you permitted to forward the reviews from a rejected manuscript when submitting to a new journal?

Suppose I have a paper rejected from a top tier journal. The anonymous reviews highlight a number of strengths of my paper, but ultimately judge that the paper does not merit publication in that lofty ...
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Is it a standard practice of tenure and promotion committee to ask for review reports of some published papers of the one evaluated?

Is it a standard practice for tenure and promotion committee to ask for referee reports of some published papers of the one evaluated?
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Prior thesis examiners as potential future journal article referees?

I'm in the process of preparing a manuscript submission for consideration with a particular journal. The article is an adaption of a portion of one of my thesis chapters. My thesis has not been ...
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Difference between “Referee-reviewed articles” and “Referee-reviewed conference contributions”?

I'm a new PhD student. The specific demands on me are for me to agree to do the following, during my PhD: Publish two Referee-reviewed articles and Publish four Referee-reviewed conference ...
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Double-blind review with four references in a row?

I've read a lot of answers here about double-blind reviews and thesis or single articles. My problem comes from having four self-references in my article. I feel that if I include them all, could be ...
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Assigning additional reviewers?

I have submitted a paper that I have written at a well-known journal and the current status is: Assigning additional reviewers. I have just submitted my paper last week. I am wondering why this is the ...
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How to reply to reviewer's positive comment more naturally?

I want to reply to the reviewer's comment (see below) on my paper, My concerns have been addressed satisfactorily and the paper is acceptable. My own reply would be like: Your recognition ...
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Do I need to add answers to the reviewers’ comments to a conference paper?

We submitted a paper to a conference and received a mail containing this clause Please see the reviewers’ comments below on your paper. These comments are intended to help you to improve your ...
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What does “The references in general are not current” mean?

I submitted a paper recently and one of the major revisions that they ask for was this: "The references in general are not current." What does the reviewer mean by this?
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What exactly does it mean to say that a conference is “peer reviewed”?

I think as a PhD student, you should publish only in high IF journals rather than conferences. But if it is conference, then it should be at least "peer reviewed" one! Some conferences first ask for ...
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Is there any way to avoid wasting a long time in review process for mathematics journals?

I sent two different articles to two different mathematics journal. The fist one review process is 6 months(accepted). The second one is still under review(14 months ago) and it may be rejected. A ...
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How to peer-review a conference “Symposium”

I have to do a review of a "symposium" that will take place in a major conference in the business / management field. The document I recieved for review consists of: Abstract + Overview of the ...
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Is it OK to let somebody know I refereed their paper? [duplicate]

It is not uncommon, especially for narrow fields, that you review papers authored by people that you might, at some point, come to interact with more or less closely. This can range from meeting them ...
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Should I revise and resubmit?

I have just received a decision letter for my submitted manuscript to an Elsevier journal. It was a revise and resubmit (R&R). Two reviewers comments were included in the decision letter. One of ...
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After revision: the paper is not anonymized - what does it mean?

I finally got the revision of my paper, but one of the reviewers complained that the paper is not anonymized. Since I'm not the native english speaker, it's quite strange to me. Does it mean that I ...
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Associate editor's dilemma with inconsistent first/second round review

Say I work as an AE for an international journal. I managed to find only two reviewers for a manuscript submitted to the journal lately. Personally, I don't find enough contribution of the manuscript, ...
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Asking the Editor-in-Chief about the reason of the review delay [duplicate]

I have submitted a manuscript to one of the top-tier journal of my field at six month ago. The recent status of the paper is "under review" which status is there for last four months. My question ...
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What does it mean when an editor needs additional reviews despite a status of “reviews completed”?

I have submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal. After two weeks of required reviews completed status I have sent and E-mail to the editor. He replied: Your paper is still under review. We need 1 or 2 ...
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Is it proper to ask an editor for clarification

In a recent review of a paper, the reviewer suggests several solutions to a flaw, one of which was collecting more data. The other solution was to shorten the paper substantially. The editor said that ...
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How to organize the referee report of a paper?

One part of the work of any researcher is to referee the work of other scientists in his field. This is a time-consuming and volunteer work, that is made with the idea of service for the community. ...
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What does it mean when one month after submitting a paper we receive a request for clarification?

We submitted a paper more than one month ago, today we are asked to clarify one question in our paper. Does that mean the paper is just on the borderline right now?
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How important is a rebuttal for a top conference (CS)?

After the first review process, could the rebuttal totally change the reviewers' minds, i.e. from accept to reject or the other way around?