On the evaluation of work (typically, a publication or grant proposal) by the author's peers. This includes: refereeing, which is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication in a journal or conference; peer evaluation of teaching skills; peer review of research grant ...

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What about writing an abstract for a conference without having a research?

We know it is normal to submit an abstract without having the result published yet. But what about an abstract where there was never a research from the author himself on the proposed topic? Regards
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Tips to submit a physics related research paper to PNAS [on hold]

I am working in the field of quantum electrodynamics and planning of submitting a research paper to PNAS. However, I did a small research about this journal and apparently most of the work that it ...
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Applying to multiple fellowships simultaneously

I am considering applying for three different postdoctoral fellowships, from three independent funding bodies. Each of these is a rigorous multi-stage process, including an expert peer review. Most ...
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Two papers rejected from conference. One of them was judged based on the other

I have recently submitted 2 papers to a top tier IEEE conference; both were rejected. The reviews for paper B included two accepts and one reject. However, some of the comments the reviewer who ...
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Why do some editors/journals withhold response letters from reviewers?

I recently reviewed a paper for which I recommended rejection. I wrote a comprehensive review with a list of items that needed fixing to motivate my decision. I spent some time (between a day and a ...
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How long it takes to hear from a APS journal

I have submitted my paper to a reputed APS journal. It has been 65 days, and I still did not get any response. Should I contact the editor regarding this? I have two papers published in this journal ...
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As a referee, what should I do if I think the other reviewer of a paper is not objective?

I was recently asked to referee a paper for a "moderate" but perfectly acceptable Elsevier journal, with an impact factor of around 1. The article in question was very poorly written, had several ...
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Promising things in the rebuttal phase of a review

In computer science, many conferences have a rebuttal phase, where reviewers ask questions to the authors and then, basing on the answers, decide wether to accept or reject the paper. However this ...
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May I discuss a paper I have only seen as a referee? [duplicate]

Recently I refereed a paper in pure mathematics. Although I recommended a "major revision", I was quite impressed with the paper, and indeed I would like to: (1) describe his results in a grant ...
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When peer reviewers are public/open, are they less likely to be critical of a manuscript?

I have been peer reviewing scholarly manuscripts for more than 10 years, and I am always concerned that the quality of my reviews might be impacted by the fact that my name is made public to authors ...
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If during revision process an author discovers and corrects errors not detected by reviewers, should the author inform the editor of these changes?

I recently submitted my manuscript to Journal of optics (IOP Publishing). A couple of days ago, I received an email regarding initial decision on my paper. Thankfully, it is a "moderate revision". ...
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Reviewing demo papers, poster papers or extended abstracts

I have a fairly straightforward approach to reviewing papers: I start by figuring out the main claims the paper makes, and figure out how those claims are proved. From there I start "zooming in to the ...
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How to inform the editor that they sent me the wrong PDF attachment?

I received an email before three weeks which informs me that my paper is accepted for publication but some changes must be made. (The changes are some spacing issues, or "put more references" etc.) ...
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Found two errors in submitted manuscript

I very recently submitted a manuscript to a journal and found that I had mislabeled y axis on three panels of a many panel figure (put relative activity (%), instead of fold change in phosphorylation)....
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Editor gave me five days to revise paper – chance of acceptance?

I recently received a review of my paper from a journal. Two referees suggested some changes and one referee just rejected the paper claiming that this study was not necessary. The editor decided a ...
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Can a reviewer ask for primary data?

Can a reviewer ask for the primary data (actual collected data in a prevalence study)? Is the information confidential or can be shared? Even if can be shared, does the reviewer have the authority to ...
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Revealing manuscript referees' identities after review: Why is this a bad idea?

Motivated by the How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers? question: Authors submit their manuscripts to be reviewed by a journal or conference. ...
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What prevents a reviewer from stealing the idea? [duplicate]

The reviewer has the copy for manuscript and they are generally top notch in the field in which the paper was written. What prevents the reviewer from exploiting his/her power? As in, rejecting it and ...
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How one can learn to write successful cover letters and rebuttals to referees?

Having a good scientific idea and writing a good paper out of it are the most important steps in order to publish in high-ranking journals, but they are not the only steps needed. The other steps are ...
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How report of reviewer travel through editorial system?

When a reviewer submit review report through editorial system, does this report goes straight to author by mail or review report is first scrutinize by editor and then goes to author ?
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Manuscript status changed to editor assigned after under review, what could be the reason?

Recently I submitted minor revision to springer journal. For 3-4 days, the status of my manuscript status was showing to be Editor Assigned and after that status changed to Under Review. Now status of ...
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Is it normal to get an angry review that does not address any point of the work?

I recently submitted a paper for publication. I was amazed to read the tone of one of the reviewers. Previously, it was read by a pair of peers. I am completely sure that they would tell me if they ...
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To what extent can you change a conference article after review, when implementing reviewer suggestions makes the paper too long?

I recently submitted an article. After review process, I added all suggested changes to the article and now it is longer than formatting restrictions allow. It is a conference article and any extra ...
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Should I mention that I refereed a paper in my CV/SOP?

The journal I published in invited me to referee a paper and I would like to know if such experience can can be mentioned in my CV/SOP when I apply for masters/PhD degree?
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Can a bad job as referee influence submissions to the same journal?

Having done a bad/inaccurate/sloppy referee report or being a bad referee for a high-ranking journal can influence the acceptance of a paper submitted to the same journal? In other words, when ...
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How to use results/ideas from a paper I reviewed?

I recently reviewed a paper (general applied mathematics context). During the review, I realized that the fairly general ideas introduced in the paper can potentially be applied to a specific problem ...
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Should I breach peer-review confidentiality if I suspect misconduct and the editor is not willing to pursue it?

I was a peer reviewer for a paper that I did not find credible. The data were archived after the paper was published and show many curious or impossible (non-integer counts for example) patterns. I ...
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Would this be right to respond to all the reviewers queries simultaneously in single files along with their queries?

I have prepared all answers to all the queries raised by reviewers in major revision. Would it be ok if I respond to both reviewers in single pdf file in following format: Reviewer #1: Query ...
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Under what circumstances is there a conflict of interest for a researcher to be a reviewer of a submitted academic paper?

If I were asked to review a paper, under what circumstances would I be expected to decline out of a conflict of interest? Could I review a paper for someone... I have collaborated with N years ago? ...
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Should I respond to editors about unprofessional review?

I think I am in a very similar situation to this question, with the exception that my submission has been refused. I do not want to start a flame, but to me, one of the two reviewers didn't took the ...
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How to respond to peer review - a step by step guide to my first response?

I'm in the process of responding to my first peer review (major revisions). There seems to be a lot of advice out there, (even some stuff here: How to write good Response Letters for the reviewers) ...
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How to interpret reviews that focus only on grammar mistakes but a decision of “consider after major changes”?

I recently received the reviews for an article I submitted a few months back to a journal. Reviewers did not comment on the results proved; i.e., they did not indicate the presence of any errors in ...
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Does careful selection of graph colors in a manuscript have any positive impact on reviewers?

I have just completed an article in which results are interpreted by means of 3D-plots; there are almost 15 plots in my article. Since plots could have a major impact on the reviewers’ decision, I am ...
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How I can respond to this major revision?

Recently I have received major revision on manuscript submitted to springer journal. In the manuscript I have devise a methodology by which very decent results are derived and I called these results ...
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Registering Systematic Review in PROSPERO

I have recently submitted a systematic review (SR) to a journal. One of the reviewers pointed out, that my SR was not registered in PROSPERO (http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/), an international ...
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Referee report ignored and not sent to authors [closed]

I am early in my career (postdoc) and don't get many papers to review. Thus when I do, I try to put in the work, do a good job, and write a constructive report that is actually useful to the authors. ...
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Literature review in thesis and research paper

What are the major differences between a thesis and research paper literature review? Despite the volume of literature citations between thesis and research article what are the other major ...
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What makes a research paper low-quality? [closed]

As a reviewer, what are some obvious signs to you that a paper is low-quality?
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Is it ok to share/show(for review) the proof that you made for your research paper on stackexchange

Some time I have to use some mathematical proofs in my research papers. In many situations it happens that the proof is my own and I have not seen it in the literature. In these situations the proof ...
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What additional revisions can I make in a journal paper after review, beyond those suggested by reviewers?

Suppose that I have submitted a paper to a journal, and I have a list of suggested changes from the referee. Then, let's say I put the article in the appropriate format and make the suggested ...
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Do the editors of journals really know about expertise of reviewers?

Recently my supervisor received review request from very reputed journal of Elsevier and he passed it to me because he is not much familiar with the field in which paper was written, but as I was ...
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Is it fair that a PhD student should be allowed to review a research paper?

I really can't understand why an inexperienced PhD student should be allowed to review a research article written by researchers of considerably more experience and expertise. How do journals/...
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What does a brief quick referee report mean?

A rather prestigious mathematical journal asked me recently to referee a paper. More precisely, they asked me to provide "a brief (but relatively quick) report". Does this mean that this is only a ...
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Status of submitted paper changed - why? [duplicate]

Two months ago, I submitted a (mathematical) paper to a journal. On the journal's website, there is a status concerning the paper, e.g. "Rejected", "Awaiting reviewer selection" and so on. About two ...
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Can I get code reviewed if it might be published or referenced in a publication?

I am a recently-graduated high school senior in the United States who is currently doing research with a professor in a lab at the university that I will attend. One of the components of the project ...
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Review paper authored by a current collaborator

I have a simple question about a math paper, since I don't have a lot of experience in reviewing papers. I have currently received a request for reviewing a paper for publication. I would normally ...
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Colleague asks for feedback on a paper of which I am a reviewer

More than once, I have found myself with a curious ethical dilemma. Due to the nature of the dilemma, however, I have waiting quite some time to ask this question, in order to increase the anonymity ...
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What is too obvious to explain in a scientific paper?

Recently I had my paper reviewed for potential publishing. With no big surprise I need to make some adjustments to my paper. One of the criticisms was that my work lacks "textbook explanations" (e.g. ...
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What is the meaning of 'under review' after making a minor revision? [duplicate]

Last week I received a minor revision decision letter from a journal's editor. I made revisions in accordance with the reviewers' comments and resubmit the manuscript to the ScholarOne system. And now ...
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Can my supervisor prevent me from publishing by affecting reviewers opinion?

Lately, and after long time of work in my PhD, I was able to get a result that is brand new, very strong and important. My supervisor though seems jealous and wants me not to publish before finishing ...