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I have submitted a paper 3 weeks ago for a good journal + conference and I just figured out that there are small typo mistakes. It is very disappointing as I have made a great effort (who does not) to have a crystal-clear, well-written paper. One mistake is in a Figure (I have forgotten to define an element. It is defined later on so it is not really a problem, but still). Another one is in a sentence, where one word disappeared. And this word is important: it helps to directly understand a point in the paper, without having to backtrack in the paper. None of these mistakes impact the methodology or results of course. When I am reviewing a paper for a conference, I like to read something that is neat. I don't mind English mistakes or even small typo errors as English is not my main language (except when it is very hard to understand ofc). I will not reject a paper because it has some typo mistakes in it.

However, is it possible to get rejected for such stupid mistakes? To what extent such mistakes can impact the opinion of a reviewer? Does it have a potential influence on the overall paper review process?

Thanks for your answers.

  • There are so many similar questions on this forum you could have looked at... – Wolfgang Bangerth May 7 at 17:12
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... is it possible to get rejected for such stupid mistakes?

It is possible, but very unlikely.

To what extent such [minor] mistakes can impact the opinion of a reviewer?

Very little. (More significant or more numerous mistakes can lead to rejection.)

Does it have a potential influence on the overall paper review process?

Very little.


My answers are all subjective.

  • I agree. A few errors are fine. If there was a typo in the title, or there were a million typos, then yes, it would likely bias reviewer (also subjective). – Jessica Burnett May 9 at 17:13

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