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How to respond to a comment when two reviewers ask the same or similar question?

I got the comments from a journal where two reviewers asked almost similar query. How do I respond to it? Can I answer it at one place and in the other place, I can briefly describe the answer and say ...
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Is it a good practice to point out errors (politely) in a previously published paper in a review response

Is it a good practice to point out errors (politely) in a previously published paper (from which I have borrowed idea) if the reviewers explicitly asks to do so in a review response. I mean the ...
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Refusing to cite paywalled papers

I wonder how reviewers would react if authors of a submitted paper refuse to cite paywalled papers. Is it a valid reason to refuse citing some papers? I am mostly interested in the field of computer ...
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How do you validate a scientific paper that uses a non-public cell/animal line?

Recently my lab published a paper that uses a mouse line from another lab. Without going into too much detail since not everyone here is a Biologist, this other lab has a mouse with a reporter gene ...
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When to give up on a master thesis proposal? [on hold]

My master thesis proposal has been assigned to two reviewers. one of them did reject my proposal(after a second round of reviewing). I still have a last chance to reply to him. However I was wondering ...
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How to know whether my submission to a mathematics journal is significant enough?

I have received the following referee comment: This paper is well-written and the results appear to be correct. But I don't think the research is significant enough to warrant publication in ...
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Change in “under review” date

I submitted a research paper to a journal on 30th July 2015 and its status went 'under review' on 19th August 2015. I did not receive any communication from the journal, so I sent a gentle reminder on ...
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Are there potential negative repercussions for reviewing articles submitted to dubious or predatory journals? [duplicate]

I received a request to review a paper for Scientia Iranica. The request came in cold; I have no idea how. But I am trying to be a good citizen and am contemplating if I should do the review. My ...
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How can we improve paper summaries and reviews? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate in mathematics, I read machine learning papers occasionally. A friend and I think the traditional process of writing papers (in science and engineering) has some flaws, for ...
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Probability of acceptance when editor requests “major revisions” but one reviewer recommended “full rejection”

I recently received reviews on a paper that I submitted to an Elsevier journal, with 2 reviewers. One had some minor comments and recommended minor revisions, while the second reviewer recommended ...
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How often can the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind?

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at how often the reviewers correctly guess the identity of the authors when the review is double-blind? I am aware that the answer is likely ...
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Figures in a results/discussion page

My professors always point out that figures only serve as a supplement to the results. They should not be the main star of the results/discussion section. The writer must be able to articulate the ...
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“Can't” and “don't” in a mathematical paper

I am refereeing a paper (a good one) for a mathematical journal. The author repeatedly writes like this: "we can't do", "we don't know" etc. He is not a native English speaker, and this paper is his ...
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Does announcing the submission of a paper on social networks violate the double-blind review?

I sometimes see researchers who announce the submission of a paper to a conference on social networks, often tagging the post with the conference name and year, and from time to time mentioning the ...
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Within social science research, which research practices are generally regarded as problematic?

I am very interested in understanding the aspects of current social science research that are generally accepted as being problematic (by researchers and other commentators). I regard problematic ...
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How much trust are you supposed to give a peer-reviewed article?

When something is peer reviewed, how much trust are the reviewers saying you should give it? I'm not talking about whether peer review works, I'm asking what peer review means ideally. For example, ...
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How to deal with an unethical editor?

How do you go about dealing with an editor that pretends to be ALL the reviewers and reject a paper based on his/her 'made-up' reviews? Should I complain to the editor-in-chief or simply let it ...
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Is it appropriate to ask an editor to have double blind peer review even if journal does not offer such an option?

The journal that I have chosen for submitting my paper doesn't use double-blind review (double blind review means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and ...
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What does this Elsevier revision report mean?

This is a review report of an article on the EVISE revision status website: Does this mean my article was rejected? Why there isn't any "Complete and send review" for the second reviewer? And why is ...
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Is it OK to change mistakes/typos when you are in the minor revision stage of publication?

What I mean is to change mistakes/typos other than the proposed changes your reviewers pointed out to you. As this article is based on a previous thesis (which had a very similar focus, only it was ...
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Is it safe to post one's research on web sites like Math Overflow for “peer review” before submitting to a journal?

Suppose in mathematics, someone finds a completely new elementary proof of a famous theorem and wants his work ''peer reviewed'' on a site like MathOverflow or MathStackExchange before submitting to a ...
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Why do some conferences with double blind review ask for author names when submitting the paper for review?

I wonder why some conferences with double blind review ask for author names when submitting the paper for review. Why not asking for author information once the paper has been accepted?
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"I noticed an (minor) imperfection in my paper, but it is already under review. What should I do now? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal early last year that was given major corrections. The reviewers were generally positive about the contribution but felt the technical framework needed simplified. I ...
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What is a referee in the manuscript submission process?

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses (including countries), and e-mail addresses of five potential referees who are outside the authors' institutions and must not have ...
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Is it normal that journals strongly suggest a professional English editing service?

It is quite common for me to receive emails from the editors of a journal asking me, before or after the referees have given their approval, to review and improve my English. Then, the editor suggests ...
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My manuscript status says that one referee sent a message but not a report

About three weeks ago, I submitted a paper to a highly reputable physics journal. (I had another paper recently published in this journal as well.) I have been checking the status continuously, and ...
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I submitted my paper in a hijacked journal [duplicate]

I encountered a huge problem, I submited my paper in a faked journal. I sent them several times about the result of reviewing process. The email answer was: Dear Author Please clarify what ...
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What is the meaning of “Complete and Send Review” in Elsevier journal under History tab

What is the meaning of the "Complete and Send Review" status in the History tab of an Elsevier journal?
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Why can it take more than a month to find a reviewer?

In the mainstream publishing model, it can take more than a month from the time a manuscript is submitted to the time reviewers are assigned to review it. I feel this is a bit unfair as editors from ...
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Is there something like a “peer-review paper”?

Journals like CVPR (IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) have a peer-reviewing process. Depending on the journal (or the publication published after a conference - is that also ...
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Will journal editors contact you if your book review has been rejected?

I'm in the Humanities and I was sent a book to review for a journal. Book reviews of the particular journal are peer-reviewed. It has been 3 months after my submission but I still haven't heard from ...
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Is it common for research disciplines to have a large gap between theory and practice?

TL;DR: Is it normal that the theory sub-community and the applied sub-community of a single research field to have different goals and different standards for peer review - to the extent that the ...
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Should I ask for permission from the journal before making available publicly the (anonymised) text of the evaluation I received from peers?

The question says it all. To add some relevant information, I must note that I published some articles in national journals The level and the process of peer review in some of those national ...
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Can I, as a reviewer, tell authors to get a native English speaker to proofread their paper?

I am reviewing a paper for possible publication in a respected journal. The English in the paper is very poor. The authors are clearly not native English speakers. I want to write something to the ...
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Are author names typically visible to reviewers for paper award decisions?

I wonder whether author names are typically visible to reviewers when they decide paper award recipients. (i.e. non-anonymous process) I am mostly interested in the field of computer science ...
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When to label paper as “accepted” on your publication list?

The title basically says it all. At which point in the refereeing process does it become acceptable to mention on my list of publications (e.g. the one on my website) that a paper has been accepted ...
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What are “ad hoc” reviewers/referees for journals?

What are “ad hoc” reviewers/referees for journals? Is this a different role from (regular) reviewers/referees? If yes, how are they different? I see some people use the term ad hoc somewhere in the ...
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What is the difference between “methodology” vs. “originality of approach” when reviewing a paper

I was asked to review a paper with many attributes I should consider. More specifically, I was asked to review the “methodology” and “originality of approach and presentation”. What is the difference ...
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Is it ethical to cherry-pick reviewers based on their previous reviews of your manuscript?

The academic review process is usually supposed to be blind, in that authors are not told the identity of the reviewers. But frequently it is possible to guess who has reviewed your work, or the ...
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Should I ask the Editor for a third Referee when the answer of first two Referees do not agree?

I submitted a theoretical paper to Physical Review Letters, and the editor answered that it can be published in Physical Review but it seems not suitable for a Letter given the Referee responses. ...
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Can I contact the author as a reviewer?

In my field (chemistry), the authors are known to the peer reviewers. A critical point is vague about a manuscript I am reviewing; it can be rejected or accepted based on this point. Can I directly ...
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What does “external reviewer” mean for a computer science conference?

I've seen the term "external reviewer" used in someone's CV for conference reviewing in computer science. Does this mean the person officially reviews the paper for the conference, or he/she gets a ...
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Does getting a request to review from a professor count me as a reviewer?

I got a request to help comment on a paper in a journal from a professor. It's an informal request -- the professor is the one who officially reviews the paper. Can I put "reviewer" in my CV or not?
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Is it okay to start a collaboration with a research group of which you're reviewing a paper?

A scientific journal assigned me a paper to review. During the review process, I realized I have some interesting ideas about the paper project, so I am thinking about to contact the authors and ...
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Paper under review a second time without being sent back to author

I submitted a paper to a journal and had it returned with "revise and resubmit". After the revision was submitted, the journal's status page told me that it was under review. Once the reviews were ...
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What happens if there are conflicting opinions on a specific paper under review? [closed]

In ScholarOne, if there are conflicting opinions on a specific paper under review, would several other members of the editorial board (not just the assigned reviewers) converse on the given article? ...
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Informal vs. formal journal acceptance letter

I got a letter from a journal editor telling me that they 'would be happy to accept my paper'; the editor asked me to take care of some minor citation issues (I carelessly misspelled one author's last ...
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Respected journal uses only a single reviewer and has a high acceptance rate (>85%); could this be an acceptable practice?

I have recently noticed a failed case of peer review at The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ). It is a solid journal in which researchers of astrophysics can present good science without worrying about the ...
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How to deal with poorly written and formatted papers (as a reviewer)? [duplicate]

From time to time I receive papers to peer review that, in my view, fail to attain an acceptable level of writing and text formatting. Examples of usual issues are: common erratum, poor use of ...
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My paper was too revolutionary - reviewers at a top journal rejected it “by simply reading the title”. What now? [duplicate]

Some days earlier, in the hour of contemplation, I made an extremely critical and paradigm-shifting breakthrough in my field and then, I started writing on it for a publishing and many times checked ...