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What are the pros and cons of being a Mathematical Reviews' reviewer?

I received a letter from Mathematical Reviews inviting me to be a reviewer. Before I make my decision, may I ask what are the possible advantages and/or disadvantages of being a reviewer?
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Citing an article under a double-blind review process

This is my case: I've recently co-authored and sent an article to a journal that follows a double-blind review process, so that reviewers shouldn't be able to know the name of the authors. ---I mean, ...
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Can a rejection be appealed after reviewer says comments were addressed, but paper is not original enough for the journal?

I received a rejection letter from an Editor after I revised and resubmitted my paper by addressing all comments from two reviewers. The first reviewer has no feedback meaning that he accepted all ...
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How to respond to a two very different referee reports?

So, I just received my manuscript back from a journal and the editor said that I should "make the moderate revisions necessary as outlined in the referee reports and then send back the final ...
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Can I understand the rejection reason of an article by reading the reviewers' comments?

My paper is rejected with this comment from editor: Unfortunately, the reviewers generally agree this paper should not be considered for publish in.... My question is do all the reviewers ...
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Can frequent messages to an editor about the status of a paper under review be a cause for rejection?

I have submitted a paper on mathematics to a journal and it was there for more than one year. I asked the editor many times about the reason of the review delay. At the end the paper was rejected with ...
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Why is the review of my paper taking so long?

I have submitted my paper on mathematics to a journal for 8 months ago but there is not any reports or comments yet. I sent a mail to the editor asking him about the manuscript, he just replied that ...
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Are replies from editors automatically generated?

I never reply to editor's and conference organizers' mails, since I somehow always thought that they are automatically generated and replying just to thank would be considered as spamming, since they ...
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When reviewing a resubmission, can I request a version with changes highlighted if the journal does not require it?

Reviewing is time-demanding. It makes huge sense to re-review if comments and changes are submitted. While first review takes a lot of time, the second can be very quick. If authors provide a version ...
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Is paper reviewing for journals that are not JCR-listed worth the time?

Is it worthwhile to spend some time as reviewer of journals which are not JCR-indexed? I do not know in the rest of the world, but in Spain all that matters are those listed in JCR. NOTE: I am a ...
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How many papers should I be reviewing as a referee?

Like many academics with an active research program, I am asked to review many papers. Borrowing an idea from peer-to-peer file sharing companies, I try to keep a rough sense of my recent "ratio" of ...
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Are there any good strategies for conveying the true significance of the results that look obvious post factum?

In nearly any field there is a number of important results which look obvious to experts post factum but somehow are not that easy to come by in the first place (e.g. in mathematics some important ...
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Word limit for paper after addressing reviewer's comments

After submitting a paper, receiving comments back from reviewers and revising, the paper manuscript may be longer than the given word limit due to the additional content added (even if it was at or ...
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As a reviewer, what steps can I take after paper is published despite major scientific and ethical concerns, with no explanation from editor?

I recently reviewed a manuscript for a journal I didn't know very well, but which was indexed on Pubmed and Scopus and seemed to be legitimate. In my review, I recommended rejection based on what I ...
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How should one interpret a rejection on the grounds that a paper “has no added value to the existing state of the art”?

I've got a rejection for my paper that was submitted to a high impact journal; after waiting 6 weeks instead of 4 normally it was rejected with only one referee comment 4 lines: This study seems ...
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Whose responsibility to detect plagiarism during peer review: editor or referee?

Around a month ago, I was requested to review a paper submitted to a well-known APS journal. The main idea introduced in the paper was nice and the experimental implementation had fairly good results. ...
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During a manuscript submission, what to fill in the oppose reviewers? [duplicate]

During a manuscript submission, what to fill in the oppose reviewers? I am trying to submit a manuscript and the journal ask me for an oppose reviewers.
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Responding to a reviewer who misunderstood key concepts of a paper

How do you respond to a reviewer who is very critical about your paper but from whose comments you can easily see that he/she has misunderstood the key concepts of the paper? In my case, the first ...
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How much time should one spend refereeing a paper?

I finished my PhD about a year ago and every now and then I get asked to referee a paper (perhaps once every two months from a reputable journal). I tend to accept as many as possible (except from ...
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When is it prudent to argue against a suggested revision to a journal paper?

Most journals have a peer review process, where there are several rounds of reviews and modifications over a single paper. In my particular case, one of these reviews was, in my opinion, a bit over ...
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How to review a major revision of a paper?

A few months ago I reviewed my first paper. The authors submitted a major revision and I am asked to review the paper again. I received a long cover letter where my comments and the comments of two ...
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Should I post a response to reviewers online?

I usually spent an incredible amount of time answering the questions raised by reviewers when submitting research manuscripts to a journal. The length of the response is often longer than the paper ...
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How to respond to an editor's post-review comments suggesting major changes I'm not willing to make?

I submitted a paper (in applied mathematics) to a journal about a year and a half ago. I received the first feedback from the Editor in Chief about a year later (the reviewing process for this journal ...
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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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How are best reviewer awards given (in a computer science conference)?

I have often seen people(postdoc, etc.) listing in their CV or webpage that they were awarded best reviewer for conference X. I have recently been invited to become a reviewer for a conference, which ...
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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 ...