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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Should the editor's name be included in a rebuttal letter?

To make things simple, I am asking whether the rebuttal letter is starting with Dear Editor and Reviewers or Dear Reviewers
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Is it OK to contact someone who is on my suggested reviewers list to discuss something unrelated?

I submitted a manuscript to a journal. As it was required, I included a list of suggested reviewers. Of course, I don't know who of them have been selected by the editor. I haven't received any ...
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If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?

When I am reading papers, sometimes I see statements like Manuscript received October 29, 2012; accepted March 16, 2014. Does this implies that the paper is directly accepted?
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sound reasons for excluding a reviewer

I am about to submit a paper, and I'm asked whether I want anybody to be excluded from consideration as a reviewer. I also need to state a reason. I briefly considered listing someone who - I have ...
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Should I contact an editor at the journal that rejected my paper, to ask for feedback?

Recently I got a rejection of my paper from a reputed journal. There were two reviewers who reviewed my paper.However reviewer1 accepted it while reviewer 2 rejected with some suggestions that can be ...
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Is it okay to resend an email to a journal asking for the status of a submitted manuscript? [duplicate]

This question is related to the question asked here: Is it okay to inquire about the status of a paper when the online submission system shows no update three months after submission?. Around 4 ...
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CS paper rejected for lack of technical contribution; what does this mean, and how can I fix it?

I recently got two papers rejected with the reviewers asserting a lack of technical contribution. They contained good ideas, at least in my eyes, and used common methodologies in the experimentation. ...
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How long does it typically take for editor's final decision after reviews are completed?

According to the reviewers, the paper I have submitted is now ready for publication. How long I should wait to know the final decision of the editor-in-chief?
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How can a professor who has signed The “Cost of Knowledge” pledge review papers without having to recant?

A large majority of researchers in my field publish in Elsevier journals. However, a professor who is widely regarded as an authority in my field has, some years ago, signed The Cost of Knowledge ...
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What should I do as a reader if a paper misrepresented earlier papers?

I was reading a paper from a reputable journal and found that the authors misrepresented earlier papers that they cited, by saying something like Theory X was developed in [A, B, and C], but the ...
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Review asks me to demonstrate “what is the new thing done”; what should I write? [closed]

The referee has asked to demonstrate ' what is the new thing done" so that the paper will be accepted. I feel, though the fundamental theory is same for the work, the experiment at various machine is ...
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How to react to a reviewer’s comment when he is completely right, but you do not like the consequences?

One of the reviewers of my conference paper (computer science), which got a revise & resubmit, criticized that my conclusions are not well founded in my experiment and that they don’t show my ...
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Should I write a peer-review in third person?

While it is generally accepted to write papers using the collective we, what is a common practice for writing peer-reviews, I, this reviewer, or something else? For example, This reviewer has a ...
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How to “work on the essay” as a non-native speaker

We received a report on our paper (it's the 2nd version already). The referee writes: The proofs are correct. However, I'm not completely satisfied with the style in which the paper is written and ...
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Question of under review -situation

I apologize if my question is familiar here and handled here before, I just would be happy to have a short comment by somebody on following simple situation: I submitted my paper in beginning of ...
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References/resources on problems surrounding peer review in physics?

I was watching this video on YouTube (this is the second part of it) and it motivated me to ask this question. From the videos: ....that's the good aspect of peer review. It should work to sift ...
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Are reviewers chosen from among the editorial board of a journal?

If, in a certain international journal where I have submitted, the journal webpage lists the editorial board, should I expect that the possible reviewers of my paper are selected from among the ...
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Is it more difficult to publish a paper that demands reviewers with knowledge from many different areas of mathematics?

I have got an article the making, and presented it to my PhD advisor one month ago. The article emerged from my master thesis at a different university. A week ago, he told me the draft is good, ...
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Can someone really be assigned to review in the APS’s editorial system for over a month without reacting at all and if yes, why?

From observations as an author and reviewer that I made myself and that have been reported to by others, it seems that the editorial system of the American Physical Society (which in particular ...
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Personal project vs. blind peer review

As a researcher in industry, I am interested in pursuing personal projects in my field (computer science) in order to improve my potential employability. With that objective in mind, I'd like to ...
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Asked editor for review prolongation to do further experiments, can't meet deadline. What do?

My paper received a good review, but we've been implicitly asked (interpretation of my supervisor, not mine) to do two experiments to verify a method I use. We then asked the editor for some time to ...
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Is it a good idea to submit paper which is shorter than conference's page limit

I'm writing up a paper for an upcoming CS conference. The problem is my paper is 1 page shorter than the conference's page limit. This conference doesn't have any workshop to accept a short paper. ...
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Improve software code when reviewing paper

When reviewing a manuscript describing a new software tool, reviewers are often asked to assess its utility, quality, novelty, ... I was wondering if, in addition to the classic comments on the ...
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What to do when you discover computational errors and mistakes in your accepted paper at the proof stage?

My paper is accepted with minor revisions and now is in proof stage. Unfortunately, I have found computational errors in my calculations which have led to some wrong results. What should I do?
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How long do editor decisions take at Science/Nature?

What does the distribution of wait times for a editor decision look like for a manuscript submitted to Science or Nature? (You are not allowed to say "Gamma" unless you give a shape and scale ...
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Is it appropriate to ask colleagues opinions when reviewing a paper?

Several times my supervisor has asked me for my opinion on papers he is reviewing. I find this helpful as it encourages me to read things I otherwise would not, helps me understand how to review ...
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Is it okay to inquire about the status of a paper when the online submission system shows no update three months after submission?

Around 3 months ago, I submitted a paper to a Math journal for peer-review through an online submission system. The same day I received in my e-mail an acknowledgement saying that the paper had been ...
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How to find out if an author is practicing pseudoscience or is fradulent?

I have had the need to dig deep into the theory of architecture and in doing so I have encountered various authors who make extremely grandiose claims about themselves and their work. This of course ...
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How to make a paper completely anonymous for reviewers?

I am writing a paper that continues and extends my previous paper (the usual situation), and I plan to submit it to a journal that conducts a double-blind review. It is a research that started ...
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Providing comments to approve or reject journal “Special Issues”

As an editorial board member for a low impact journal, I've been approached to provide comments on whether I think a proposal for a special issue is acceptable or not. I'm quite inexperienced in this ...
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Doubt regarding uploading Tables and Figures for the accepted manuscript

The instructions of the engineering journal I submitted to (IEEE transactions on wireless communications) says this regarding the final submission of figures and tables Please upload the Originals ...
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Suggesting an alternative to referee/reviewer recommendation

The editor asks for substantial revisions, and sent me two reviews. One of the referees says that I should address issue X by means of approaches A and B. In my revision, I plan to take on board this ...
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How can author deal with late reviews?

Another problem I personally struggle with in peer-review publication process is the situation when review takes really, really, really long. The precise definition of "long" is probably very ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to ignore papers?

Sometimes, when I get the comments of the reviewers of a submitted paper (mine or some else paper), I feel like the reviewers just ignore the paper. More precisely, I feel that reviewers did not read ...
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Should I become a reviewer for Math Reviews after leaving academia?

After finishing my PhD in mathematics not long ago, I decided to move away from academia and pursue a career in the commercial sector. I'm currently not affiliated with a university. In the long run, ...
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Who benefits from the anonymity of the peer review process?

I was reading an answer to another question, which says on the topic of a reviewer potentially contacting an author under a special set of circumstances Some would say you should wait until it is ...
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A manuscript I refereed gave me an idea for a paper, not sure how to proceed

So, last week I refereed a paper for a journal. The paper in question is a reply to a previous paper by a different author: it points out a serious problem in the original paper and then proposes a ...
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What to do when paper is deemed in scope for the conference but not for the proceedings?

I submitted a paper to a conference. I wasn't quite sure if my paper was within the scope of that conference (it seemed a judgement call), but it was accepted. I went to the conference, and after ...
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Must I decline to review a former colleague's work?

I have been asked to review a paper that I know to have been authored by a friend and former colleague. Is it my responsibility to inform the editor and decline to review the paper?
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Are there social media platforms to share ideas to form academic research?

I am in the job for more than 10 years now, and I still like the approach of submission-review-publishing. At a certain age, it is inevitable to start thinking about how this system could be improved, ...
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“Awaiting Editors Decision” what could it mean?

I submitted my paper to a engineering journal. It underwent a major revision and then a minor revision. The minor revision was some grammatical stuff. Now it is in the "Awaiting Editors Decision" mode ...
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Is it permissible to request a new reviewing editor?

I submitted a manuscript to an established ecology journal and received reasonable reviews. The reviewing editor requested a revision. However, the comments from the reviewing editor were abysmal. ...
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Obtaining followup clarification/feedback from referees via the editor

[This looks like something that might have been asked already, but I have not found a question like this on this site.] I recently had a paper rejected with resubmission from a top Bayesian ...
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Should you mention previous rejections when resubmitting a paper? What is common practice?

You submit a manuscript to journal A. The paper is rejected, either with a short dismissal ("not good enough for this journal") or with a longer rebuttal from the referees. You wish to resubmit it to ...
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How to discourage irrelevant self-citation?

I once reviewed a manuscript whose authors cited many of their own published papers, which were not relevant to the subject of the manuscript. This kind of practice is evidently frowned upon by the ...
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What changes should be notated in a journal resubmission?

I am currently in the process of submitting a manuscript to a journal. During this process my manuscript has come back for revision, and the journal has asked for an updated manuscript with revisions ...
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Can a journal withhold referee reports from the authors of a rejected paper?

We submitted a paper to a journal published by Cambridge Press. The paper was submitted last year (2013). After five months we got the decision yesterday. We don't mind the decision, however, we are ...
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How would you decide to publish (or not) in F1000Research or other journals with alternative peer-review methods?

As pointed out by altmetrics, “Peer-review has served scholarship well, but is beginning to show its age. It is slow, encourages conventionality, and fails to hold reviewers accountable.” Not all ...
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Reviewer asked to move every mathematical proof to appendices for an engineering journal

I do research in an engineering subject and my journal reviewer has asked me to push every mathematical proof to the appendix to improve the readability. While I feel this is true, I also think that ...
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How common is it that publishers withdraw a paper due to incorrect conclusions?

Today there has been significant news coverage (at least in the UK) that the BMJ are withdrawing statements from two papers on the possible harmful side effects of statins. Here are the Guardian and ...