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3+ month delay in reviewing the revision of paper, Editor doesnt even answer the email

I've submitted a paper in an ISI journal, i.e. in Taylor and Francis. The first submission date of the manuscript was 30-may-2014. We received the first revision result on 27-July-2014. Hopefully, the ...
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If an editor appoints a non-expert reviewer by mistake, is there any way to convey this to the editor?

What to do if somebody is suspicious after reading the review report of a research paper that one of the reviewers may be his ex-coworker, who is not an expert in the subject of the paper?
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Correct Academic Title, Necessity of Adding All Emails, Necessity of Adding Authors Photo in IEEE Transaction Journal?

I should provide a concise biography of myself for IEEE transactions journal. We received the paper proof and this biography goes at the end of our accepted paper. At one point in my biography I ...
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Who can submit papers to peer-reviewed journals?

Financial terms, content quality, etc, is not a problem. The author has a contribution that will significantly impact the advancement of human knowledge about a particular topic. Can anyone submit a ...
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Is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to the review text?

I want to know whether is it ethical to express thanks and gratitude to a reviewer in the reply to review text. I feel we should express thanks to reviewers who spent valuable time to review our ...
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Number of reviewers [on hold]

What is general rule regarding the number of reviewers? Date under manuscript status "under review" has now changed for third time within two months. What could this implicate?
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Studies over how noisy is it to accept/reject submissions

This year, The NIPS 2014 conference did an interesting experiment: conference chairs did duplicate 10% of the submissions (170 papers) then send the exact same papers to two different groups of ...
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How to prevent desk rejection when trying to publish papers which are counter to the prevailing view (but still legitimate)?

I wonder if there exists, at least in plans, a centralized system that examines editors' decisions in journals, a kind of "appellate court" in peer-review publishing. Recently I have been trying to ...
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Average time alloted for manuscript review across disciplines

I am asking this question because I've always had the impression that manuscripts submitted to a journal in my field (theoretical linguistics) take an insanely long time to get published, and ...
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What are the differences between Peer Reviewed Journals and Refereed Journals?

I would be interested to know the differences between peer reviewed journals and refereed journals in these aspects: Conditions for the acceptance of papers for publications. The time length of ...
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How can editors and reviewers detect data manipulation?

I am preparing a paper in the field of Computer Science. In order to report test results, we usually run a number of tests and report the average of those tests. For each test, we generate random ...
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Editor said I may apply reviewer's suggestions and resubmit “if I wish”, what are the consequences if I don't?

Few months back I communicated a paper. I got the reviewer's report in a positive direction. But he asked us to add some results if we wish and in the end he wrote: "I leave it to the decision of the ...
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3+ month delay in reviewing the revision of paper, what can we do?

I had submitted a paper in an ISI journal, i.e. in Taylor and Francis. The first submission date of the manuscript was 30-may-2014. We received the first revision result on 27-July-2014. Hopefully, ...
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Paper rejection, what should i do? [closed]

i would like some guidance about a paper i submitted so i can improve it: The main comments i got are the following: the paper doesn’t meet the current publication standards. It's an interesting ...
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Why do editors sometimes accept a paper even if a reviewer recommends rejection?

For the last many days, I have a question in mind related with the editorial decision of accepting or rejecting the manuscript after peer-review: Few days back I got a review report from a very ...
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In peer-review, is it common for a reviewer to be shown and asked to comment on other reviewers' reports?

Some months ago, I was asked to review a paper for a computer science conference. I submitted my report about a week before the deadline, and I strongly recommended acceptance subject to a few minor ...
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Is there research on the extent to which complexity of the proposed method(s) impacts the acceptance rate?

I heard this speaker at IJCAI complained that his paper got rejected because the methods he used were too simple despite the results being highly competitive (twice the state of the art, at least ...
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Handling editor sent me a review invitation

From your experience, is it some kind of sign when handling editor of your manuscript (which is under review) sends you a review invitation for other manuscript?
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How to find out who were the reviewers of an article?

I understand the concept of (peer-)reviewing as helpful to guarantee a good quality result. Clearly it makes sense that journal articles are reviewed by someone before publication. Yet, what I am ...
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In the context of a review of an academic paper, what does “technical accuracy” mean?

I have been asked to review an academic conference paper for a computer science conference. One of the elements of the review must contain a review of Technical Accuracy. What does this mean exactly? ...
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Journal submission refered to Editor-in-Chief

I had submitted to a reputed computer vision journal. Both the reviewers (there were only two) marked it as "reject" with comments that alluded to the fact that they had actually "missed the point". ...
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How can I cite my dissertation in a paper that will be double-blind reviewed?

A chapter in my dissertation has not been published in an archival conference. I am writing a paper based on the chapter for a conference that does double-blind paper review. The paper will include ...
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After long time without, three review invitations in two weeks. Coincidence, or do editors share lists of helpful reviewer names?

Being early in my academic career, I don't yet get many paper reviews. Until recently, I had reviewed two papers in two years, and rejected one invitation to review. My last review was completed ...
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Editor indicated that if minor changes are made, paper could be published: what are the chances of publication?

I am trying to publish a paper. This was the result of a summer's work in my spare time while working 40 hour weeks in a non-math related job. I received an email response from the journal that ...
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Is it inappropriate for an author to copy and paste from his/her original paper in an extension paper?

I am currently a referee for a paper. One of the authors of the paper had written an earlier paper, which I will refer to as the "original paper," and the paper which I am now refereeing is an ...
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In reviewing papers for journals or conferences, what should one do if one is not fully knowledgeable in the specific area the paper addresses?

This is a question from a newbie doing reviews for journals/conference papers. What should one do if they are among the panel of reviewers for papers for a specific journal / conference, and you get ...
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Should you thank helpful referees in the acknowledgements section of a paper?

I submitted a paper to a [science] journal and received some particularly constructive feedback from the referees. I am inclined to add something to the effect of We are grateful to the referees for ...
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How detailed should one be in writing the referee's report?

When writing a referee's report for an editor of a journal, does one always aim and try to be as brief as possible, saying yes or no to the publication (giving a couple of sentences in support of ...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

I submitted a paper to a top tier conference and it got rejected. The paper contains an original idea, and I am afraid that the paper could get plagiarized between the time I send it to another ...
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Should an editor ask his own graduate (PhD) students to review papers in his journal?

If a professor is an editor of a journal, then should he ask his graduate students (PhD) to review articles? What do you think, good or bad on what points? Different from "Is it common to review ...
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Discovered a serious error in a reviewed paper after submitting the review, what to do?

I have been reviewing a paper where the authors apply a computational method from an earlier paper they published to a specific system of general relevance. The paper seemed ok, and I recommended ...
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Can (and should) an editor referee a paper he's in charge of?

I have reason to believe that the editor assigned to a paper we have recently submitted might have also acted as referee. I am of course not sure because reviewers for this journal are in principle ...
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What is the meaning of signs and numbers appearing in scoring system of AAAI?

I've received the reviewer reports for a paper I submitted to AAAI (the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence). I found their scoring method a bit confusing and I would like some ...
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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.