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Confirming the Identity of a (Friendly) Reviewer After the Reviews

Somewhat a follow-up to this post. I recently had a paper reviewed, and in receiving one of the reviews, I feel strongly that I know the identity of one of the reviewers (someone with whom I'm on ...
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Is it ethical to cite a reviewer's papers even if they are rather irrelevant?

We have just received reviews on a paper, and in reading through one of the "borderline" reviews, I recognized that the "voice" of the review sounded like a researcher I associated with at a ...
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How and why do references in academic papers work?

This question applies both to papers people write to attain a degree, as well as academic papers submitted to journals by researchers. In theory, the way science works is by building your own ...
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The concept of state of the art references in review of a paper

My question is that what improvement in introduction of a paper or other parts of paper the authors should do when the reviewers wrote the following sentence: The authors have missed many important ...
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Inappropriate reference requests from Journal reviewers

A journal article I submitted to a highly reputable journal has been returned with a number of revisions requested, most of which are useful and helpful and will improve the quality of the article. ...
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Citing contemporaneous (interlaced?) preprints

In my area of research distributing preprints of results is very common. Consider the following seqence of events: Group A finishes paper P, distributes it as a preprint and submits to a journal ...
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Is there a celebrity culture in academia and should we discourage it? [closed]

I work in STEM, and in recent years I have been troubled by this trend in academia where certain individuals are elevated to the status of celebrities. Their appearances alone draw crowds in the ...
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What are acceptable citations within a research paper for a peer-review journal?

For a bit of background, I'm a non-academic, so I'm not familiar with the process of submitting a paper for peer-review or anything technical (I have learned that non-academics can submit papers but ...
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How should I respond to a reviewer's complaint about self-citation?

Recently, I submitted an article and got a response from a reviewer that I cited 6 of my own articles out of 44. The reviewer said that it’s a cheap act of self promotion. If I do not cite my own ...
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Unpublished research similar to mine

I am a PhD student and I wrote a paper in the social sciences. The contribution of my paper is that it's the first non-North American analysis on the subject. There is a working paper I found online ...
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Could/Should I cite a paper that I am refereeing?

I'm reviewing the paper X related to the topic Y for a conference which is single-blind (in Computer Science). Also, I'm about to submit a paper to a different conference related to the same topic (...
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As a referee, is it okay to ask for references to be removed?

Say I received a paper for review. Afterwards I discover that there are cited references that are not related to the discussed subject, or there are elements in the bibliography that are not ...
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Is it okay to mention we're citing an article only because a reviewer told us to?

In a recent review, one reviewer said we must rework the paper in light of two other papers. One paper was a highly valuable suggestion, and we've enthusiastically taken it on board. However, the ...
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Do the authors have to cite or make comparisons against works on domains such as arXiv?

I'm reviewing a conference manuscript (computer science) and i found 2 other recent methods related to the same problem which were published on arXiv. So, i think it is highly recommended to compare ...
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Is pasting an excerpt from Wikipedia in a paper without reference plagiarism?

Assume you are reviewing a paper and discover that some general definitions therein have been copied from Wikipedia without mentioning the source. Should it be considered plagiarism or can it be ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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What if your reviewer told you need to cite author A and Author A is you?

It is common practice in my field to remove self-citations completely in a manuscript for consideration. Even if you use neutral language like: “Author A said XYZ” (with Author A being myself), it is ...
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Can I cite a comment by a reviewer of a conference paper?

While researching for my thesis, I found a source containing comments by the reviewers for a particular conference on the acceptance of papers. see https://openreview.net/forum?id=HkAClQgA- If I am ...
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Curious case of self-citations and how to monitor self-citers?

If one looks superficially at the publications of author X, he seems to be one of the top scientists in his field. But looking more closely his citations are 60% from himself 35% from his co-author, ...
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How to deal with an unreasonable reviewer asking to cite irrelevant articles?

Two years ago, when I was doing my master’s degree, I was working on a computational project. My supervisor was well-known in the field and a highly reputed person. We were doing a great job, trying ...
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12answers
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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a computer science paper?

I am currently reviewing an interdisciplinary computer science paper which is heavily based on previous works in logistics and process engineering that have been unfortunately published only in German ...
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In a camera ready paper (has been accepted), how to cite my own paper that is still under blind review?

Please Note I am asking how to cite a paper under blind-reviewed in an accepted paper, NOT a new paper to be submitted. Chronologically, First, I submitted paper A that requires double-blind review....
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Peer-review: Reference to unpublished work

Paper I am reviewing I am reviewing a paper from authors Xs. In their paper, they assume that a function f was equal to g. In my opinion (see below paragraph), the particular choice of the function f ...
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Citing a popular science magazine article

In one part of my paper, I give a reference to a one-page article published in Science from (AAAS). There are some quantitative statements in this one-page article. However, I could not find any ...
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Reviewing Manuscript Which Misinterprets My Own Work

I am reviewing a manuscript which cites a study I published (yay!), but appears to misinterpret the results (rats!). This misinterpretation does not invalidate the manuscript under review, which is ...
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Reviewers and incorrect article references - Do they adjust them?

Let's say that an academic paper has been submitted and that it contains some references which are not cited correctly by the authors, e.g. volume, pages, issue are wrong. Do the peer reviewers ...
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Reviewer recommending citation of certain papers of specific group of authors may be himself

Recently I had a challenge in responding to a reviewer (#2) for revising our work. The reviewer asked us to refer 16 papers in multiple parts of the paper. I decided to refer some of these references ...
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Reviewers want me to cite their barely related papers [duplicate]

I recently sent a paper to a journal which has now been reviewed by 2 reviewers. Both of them have some good points that I should change. However, both reviewers also suggest to include specific ...
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What to do when you have two manuscripts under review where one cites the other, but the citing paper gets accepted before the cited paper?

I submitted an article around 11 months ago to a SCI journal and another article around 5 months ago in another SCI journal. The second article cited the first article which was under review for 6 ...
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Submitting an improved/extended version of a journal article under review

Ten months ago, we submitted an article to a journal, which is still under review. In the meantime, we have made a few extensions/improvements to the submitted article. Can we submit the extended ...
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Should I (as a reviewer) ask an author to cite my work where I proposed a core hypothesis, when they have already referenced other points?

In a paper from two years ago I explored a general line of inquiry and identified an explicit and specific hypothesis for future research. I'm currently reviewing a paper where the authors explore ...
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Citing your own published research paper in a submitted manuscript

Is it ethical to cite your own research paper in a submitted manuscript? Are there any issues with this?
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Repeated demand for citing a certain paper in the referee report

I submitted a paper to a journal and got the referee report. In the first referee report the same surname has been repeated 10 times, and since then the referee has insisted on a discussion about that ...
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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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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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1answer
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Should I trust a study that doesn't mention sample size, but that is published in a scholarly journal?

I'm doing a bit of research on the exchange experiences of international students for my supervisor. I came across an article in the Journal of Education for Business that is relevant to my topic: '...
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Is it ok to write a follow-up paper for a paper which has been accepted but not available online yet?

My field is image processing and computer vision. I wrote a paper and presented it in a conference in November 2015. The paper is yet to be available in IEEE Xplore. Now, I've written a follow-up ...
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I can't access a reference of an article I am reviewing: what shall I do?

From time to time, I cannot access a reference of an article that I am reviewing, either because my university did not subscribe to some journals (and I failed to find it myself on sci-hub, Google, ...
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What should I do, as a reviewer, if I see another reviewer suggesting the authors to cite papers not relevant to the manuscript?

I have just submitted my review of a manuscript to a journal, which allowed me to see other reviewers' comments once I submitted mine. I have points of disagreement with this other reviewer, but I am ...
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How does one define a non-biased, citation-worthy study?

On Skeptics Stack Exchange I recently asked a question where I specifically asked for a study backed by a university, and someone edited it, changing it to the phrase "peer reviewed study." If I say "...
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Literature searches in publications when you have limited access to journals

I'm currently at an institution that has a phenomenal library system. I think every journal article or book I've ever needed, no matter how old or obscure, was available to me. I consider myself ...
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Reference citations sequence for “Crescent Classification”

Kindly can one guide me about crescent classification in references citation. I have received a review that is following "for instance in the sequence of citations [5], [7] and [6], which must ...
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13answers
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Is it OK to refuse to cite paywalled papers?

I wonder how reviewers would react if authors of a submitted paper refuse to cite paywalled papers. Is it a valid reason to refuse citing some papers? I am mostly interested in the field of computer ...
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Within social science research, which research practices are generally regarded as problematic? [closed]

I am very interested in understanding the aspects of current social science research that are generally accepted as being problematic (by researchers and other commentators). I regard problematic ...
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How to review a paper that relies heavily on references to unpublished work?

I am currently doing a (blind) review of a paper for a Journal in the engineering field. The manuscript seems okay so far but relies to a large extent on a unpublished paper, cited as Miller et al. ...
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Does citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of the submitted paper to be accepted?

A paper submitted to some peer-reviewed venue might cite some of the reviewer's papers. Is there any research/study that looked whether citing reviewers' papers significantly increase the chance of a ...
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Is it a common practice for reviewers to recommend their own papers in the review?

I am reviewing a paper on a topic on which I have published some work previously as an author. While going through this current paper as a reviewer, I felt I could recommend my paper on the similar ...
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Can I get inspired from Patented Algorithm?

I read an algorithm that is patented, I was inspired in one part of it and applied something similar (not exact) to my algorithm (e.g one step they applied out of their 10 steps algorithm I used in my ...
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How accurate are published papers?

I'm an undergrad trying to publish findings on the accuracy of consumer-grade motion sensors for IEEE. I've searched for existing literature on this topic, and I've found some interesting articles. ...
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What does “The references in general are not current” mean?

I submitted a paper recently and one of the major revisions that they ask for was this: "The references in general are not current." What does the reviewer mean by this?