Situation - I produced a MSc thesis in applied data science (I mean, using data science but applied on a certain domain X), which was A-graded. An expert in the field X said it is excellent and worthy a publication, possibly on top-tier journals in field X. The research field of my supervisor is not in X, and he declined to start the peer review process. But my university would not start or fund the peer review process if a senior researcher declines to do it.
I am looking at options to fund a peer review application, which would be the strongest letter of reference I could get for PhD.
Some more context about the communication I had
I asked the primary author I based my work on, to review it and if positive to co-author in quality of reviewer. His comment is my work is worthy for publishing a manuscript, and indicated top tiers journals in the field X. I asked for his permission to forward comments to my supervisor, which I did.
I highlighted that I will not ask for further contribution and be autonomous in writing the manuscript, but made enough clear that, as per instructions of the university, it is up to the supervisor chose to start the peer review process.
I highlighted that a peer reviewed publication would be the best endorsement I could get toward PhD applications, and potential cooperation benefits between the universities, since the potential reviewer is from a top US university anyway and the areas are, even if loosely, connected.
Supervisor declined the proposal. Under the line, he made clear he does not want to be contacted anymore.
Let's leave aside of the antagonising role of a supervisor, which I really fail to understand. My questions are practical:
- which options do I have to find funding to cover the application fees and publication costs, in case of acceptance ?
- the work was done on behalf of my university, but I may not have credentials anymore. how to represent my work fairly (e.g. which email should I use)?
edited to address comments
I m not familiar with peer review fees, but my understanding us that you need to pay the publication if the manuscript is accepted.
However, authors submitting to [JOURNAL] from 20th October 2014 are required to publish their work open access, through payment of an article processing charge (APC), in the case of eventual acceptance. Please see the open access page for APC pricing and details of our free funding support service.
Authors who publish in [JOURNAL] are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication. The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £4790.00/$6490.00/€5390.00
of course i cannot pay myself, and i think it should fair the cost is borne by the university, since it was done in that venue.
as per "co author in quality of reviewer" i mean a person experts in the field who doubled check my methodology and findings