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How to acknowledge contributions of anonymous referee in new paper?

I'm in mathematics, just in case that matters. I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and got an extensive referee report from referee X. After sending the revision, the paper got rejected, so I sent ...
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Is it appropriate as a referee to contact an author after the editor rejected the manuscript?

This is related to this question, but it is more a special case of it. I reviewed a manuscript, which was submitted to a reputable traditional journal. The journal has a single-blind review system. I ...
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CV: Professional activity as PhD student

My professor sometimes asks me to referee papers for him. Should I list the corresponding journals in the professionals activity section of my CV?
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Why don't things work with comparisons in reference letters and refereeing?

This recent question How high should I rate a good student for PhD admission? is just an example of how puzzling the problem of writing reference letters is. One knows that there is inflation in the ...
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If I refereed a paper at one journal (and it was rejected) should I referee it again when it's sent to another journal?

A couple months ago I refereed a paper for one journal. Due to a number of factors, I recommended that it not be published in that particular journal, and gave the author a bunch of comments on how ...
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How to offer a reviewer to be co-author?

I currently have a paper submitted to PNAS. We had two rounds of revisions, and following detailed suggestions from one reviewer, we have improved our proposed algorithm a lot: its complexity is now ...
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When suggesting referee names, where do you draw the line for conflict of interest?

Journal submission guidelines in my field typically require the submitting author to provide the editor with a list of potential referees. The journal guidelines ask to suggest people with whom we ...
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Do editors ever “overbook” referees?

Is the following common? An editor for a journal sends a paper out to, say, three or four referees. After getting the first two referee reports, the editor makes a decision and tells the third and ...
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Letter to the editor from the referee

Nowadays most journals use electronic forms for the referees to submit their recommendations to the editor. However, if that's not the case, how should the letter to the editor be structured? In ...
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When has an unemployed post-doc refereed enough papers to decline another?

I am a post-doc and I get regular requests to referee papers, largely because of a review paper I published as a grad student. I am yet to turn down a review request--It is rewarding, an opportunity ...
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How to negotiate with referees of your paper

I have submitted a paper several years ago and its referee process took about three years and I had to revise the paper six times to get the final approval. The paper had two helpful and knowledgable ...
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Article “communicated by”

What does it mean when it says under a journal article that it has been communicated by "XYZ" where XYZ is not the author but some other scholar with a very strong reputation ? What is the ...