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Questions about the roles and responsibilities of editors, who decide what papers are accepted into peer reviewed journals.

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What does the following editor response mean in Physical Review journal? Major revision or minor revision?

After the third round review of my paper, I receive the following letter from the editor of physical review journal (not PRL) The above manuscript has been reviewed by one of our referees. Comments ...
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Who should the authors of a corrigendum be if I am correcting someone else's mistake?

My project was based on a famous paper, which, unfortunately, contains a major mistake, discovered by me. Since I already spent a huge amount of time on this direction, I submitted my "correction ...
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How should I thank the professor who let me know of something?

I have recently submitted the abstract for a journal. After a couple of months, its editor emailed me and told me that my email was in her junk folder. Also, she asked me to resend the abstract. Is it ...
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Should I contact journal editor?

I submitted an article to a journal last year in July. It took some months for it to be processed and peer reviewer to be assigned. I received the first decision in March (major revisions). The ...
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As an editor, what to do when a referee recommends citing their own papers?

Occasionally it happens that a referee suggests citing their own papers in a review. This may be a problematic practice, since there is a thin line between appropriate and inappropriate ...
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Can a PhD candidate be a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal?

I am a PhD candidate (last year) and was invited as a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal. I am excited to take the experience and I am sure I will handle it well, but I am not sure if I have to ...
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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

Here is a letter of rejection sent by Quarter Journal of Economics, to a big name professor. This letter is publicly available online. Many thanks for your interesting and provocative paper. I have ...
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Why is the Editor behaving so rudely to me? [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper to an SCI index journal on Jan 15, 2020. After writing to the handling editor a couple of times, they said that the paper was under review. On Dec 10 2021, I received an email ...
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Submitting to Call for Submissions After Deadline

I have an unpublished manuscript. A journal I would have liked to submit the manuscript to as a regular submission has a call for submissions for a special issue of the journal on XYZ with a target ...
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Unexpected email from Computational and Applied Mathematics registering me as an editor and then sending me a paper to review - thoughts?

A few days ago I received an email from the journal Computational and Applied Mathematics Please be informed you have been registered by our editorial team as a user on the Editorial Manager site for ...
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Wiley journal submission status question - "Pending editor assignment" [duplicate]

I have recently submitted a manuscript to a Wiley journal. I submitted it approximately 11 days ago. From then until now, my manuscript status was as follows: Undergoing initial checking Awaiting ...
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Are there censored editions of academic journals?

I was taught as an undergraduate to be very careful when using and citing reprints of older books because they were frequently edited, abridged, or even censored. I was specifically warned not to use ...
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How long does it take for a manuscript to be given a reference number? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal over 37 days and the status remains "Manuscript Submitted". The email says "Your manuscript will be given a reference number once an Editor ...
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Does submitting multiple papers to the same journal unsuccessfully over time develop a bad reputation?

I am aware of the ethics around submitting papers to multiple journals simultaneously. I know some people have also asked about submitting simultaneous papers to the same journal. In that case, there ...
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I would like to translate an old dissertation, who owns the copyright?

I have found by absolute chance a doctorate thesis by a foreign author dating from the 70s, having as a subject the village where my parents are from. I was able to order it and have it in my ...
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Submitting two articles to the same publisher (but not the same journal)

A bit similar to Submitting two articles to the same journal at the same time but not exactly. I was wondering about the strategy for publishing two related, but separate papers. Could there be a ...
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Can a company employee become an associate editor of a scientific journal?

I am wondering whether a company employee can take a role of associate editor of a scientific journal. Let's take the following example. Suppose I am a university professor, and my role is teaching ...
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Is it common for a journal to reject (or accept) a paper before all reviewers have submitted their reports?

Suppose that a paper is submitted to a journal and that the editor decides to sent it out to two reviewers. Each reviewer agrees to return the report in X months; however, it turns out that one of ...
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What would be the next step after revising a manuscript? [duplicate]

After receiving a report on a manuscript from the referee, then the revised version must be submitted to the editor. In this step, will the revised version be sent to referee again to check that or ...
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Submission not visible anymore after 4 months with the journal [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal and after four months, the status changed to "decision in progress". After 2 days, I cannot see my submission anymore. I am co-author. What happend?
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What's the point of contacting editor during review process?

I have a paper under its second round of review with some minor revisions only since only one of the referees asked for some clarification. Now it's been like 40 days with the referee. Somewhat ...
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How to deal [as a reviewer] with a paper in peer review that breaks anonymity

I work in the field of organization theory and labour sociology and to this point of my career, I have reviewed about 4-6 papers. I have been asked by a journal to review a paper. The journal's scope ...
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As handling editor, should you invite mainly reviewers for manuscripts authored by people from a different country?

Further to my recent question on a similar topic (As handling editor, should you invite only female reviewers for manuscripts authored by women (eg 1st, last, and/or corresponding)?), I am wondering ...
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Are editors biased when evaluating transferred papers?

Certain publishers who manage a large portfolio of journals offer transfer services if a submitted paper is rejected before being reviewed. I have had mixed luck with transferring papers, sometimes I ...
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How long should I wait to contact an Editor-in-Chief if she told me she would contact soon but has not yet done so?

In another post, I mentioned that I have been waiting for a decision on a revised article for more than 11 months. During those months of waiting, I have contacted the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) twice to ...
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Should I withdraw my paper because review is taking too long?

I submitted an article to a prestigious journal JCR Q1 about 20 months ago. It took more than 6 months for them to send the article for review. But it was worth it. The reviewers did a good job and ...
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Is it okay to mention the previous submission/review history of a manuscript in the cover letter of the target journal?

Few months ago, I had submitted a manuscript to the prestigious journal, Physical Review Letters (PRL). The manuscript had undergone two rounds of review at PRL where it was reviewed by a total of ...
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How do editors choose referees?

Do editors have 3 of 4 simple rules they typically fall back on when selecting referees? Such as picking candidate among recent citations in the submitted paper, or recent citations that appeared in ...
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What's the career progression of associate scientific editor at a major publishing house?

As someone who has been offered a position with Springer Nature as an associate scientific editor, I am unclear about the career progression in such an industry? I am currently a 2 year postdoc in ...
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What do you think of scientific editors for different publishing houses as a career path after a STEM PhD? Is it a rewarding career path? [duplicate]

After PhD and/or postdoc, one usually have three directions to go to. One leads to a tenure track position, other industry related to the field or third where one changes the field completely. However,...
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The status "pending editor assignment" after "undergoing initial checking" [duplicate]

I submitted an article to one of Wiley's journals. One week later, the status was changed from "undergoing initial checking", to "pending editor assignment". For the first status ...
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What does Scientific Managing Editor at Elsevier do? What are their responsibilities?

I am planning to apply for a position at Elsevier. They are looking for Scientific Managing Editor. I have no idea what to expect in such a job profile? I am a PhD with a year of postdoc experience. ...
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How to resolve R&R without Decision

I have a paper that was resubmitted following a revise and resubmit around 18 months ago. I have been in contact with the editor several times and she has been sympathetic to my enquiries but has ...
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What does it mean that the status of a submitted major revision is simultaneously 'awaiting reviewer scores' and 'awaiting decision'?

A major revision was submitted to a journal. After some days, the status changed to 'awaiting reviewer scores', but there is also the status 'awaiting decision' right next to it. How should this ...
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Resubmitting the revised version of an article after deadline [closed]

I have already sent a manuscript to an Emerald Journal. The manuscript was reviewed and the deadline for submitting the revised paper was set for July 30. It's been about a month since the deadline ...
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Finding an editor for my book

I am going to publish my second book (a technical book on Einstein's relativity), probably with a UK publisher. I am trying to find an editor for it, and I would be very pleased if someone guides me ...
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The status of Revised manuscript is with editor since one month [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper in one of the top journals in elsevier. After one year I received the major revision with one month deadline. I submitted the revised manuscript and status is showing with ...
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When submitting a major revision, does it matter whether the revised manuscript or the response to reviewers appears first?

I submitted a major revision for an article to a World Scientific journal today. However I am in a confused state. I had to submit two documents: 1. Revised Manuscript, 2. Response to Reviewers, both ...
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How to politely ask the editor to freeze my submission

I am facing an inconvenient situation that I will try to explain as well as I can. Here is my case: One and a half years ago, I submitted my paper to Journal A. The reviewing process started and I ...
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Is it too much to email an editor thanking them for sending a paper for review?

I was thinking of thanking the editor for considering the paper and I look forward to hearing reviewer’s comments making changes if need be. Does this seem unprofessional or strange?
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Submit to journal when another paper already in review

This question is about broad-topic and highly cited journals such as Nature or Science in which papers submitted from different subsets of authors could cover slightly overlapping subjects. Would a ...
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Do same-year editorials contribute to impact factor?

In many journals, original articles are accompanied by editorials. It appears to me that these do not increase the impact factor directly, as same-year citations are not eligible for impact factor ...
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Is it OK to call an editor by her first name when she addresses me by first name? [duplicate]

I sent an edited volume proposal to a series editor, and she replied, starting her email with: "Dear [my first name] (if I may?)". She also signed with her first name. I'm fine with first-...
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Are low acceptance rates at journals more attributable to desk rejects or the peer review process?

It seems like the review process rigor does not vary much at reputable journals. Is a low acceptance rate therefore due to lots of desk rejects?
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Are journals allowed to publish papers without a final approval from a reviewer?

Is it true that in most peer-reviewed journals the editorial office can decide to publish a paper without at least one reviewer approving some version to be published as is? I am asking whether they ...
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Ignoring referee reports [duplicate]

Let's consider the following situation: Author A submits a paper to a journal. Referee B writes a critical referee report and recommends rejection. Author A then resubmits the same paper to another ...
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Editor Declined Invitation is a bad thing?

I recently submitted an article to an Elsevier journal and under the current status, it says: "Editor Declined Invitation". What does this mean? Will this result in a rejection or is there ...
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Is it normal that a managing editor handles a paper instead of an associate editor?

I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal. The status changed in 2 days from Editor Invited to under review and I got an email saying that "your paper will be handled by X (editor's name)&...
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Too long review process due to editor: withdraw and re-upload?

I have submitted my paper to Elsevier journal, got confirmation, ID and status: under review. As months passed by, I have written several emails to: editorial manager, editor-in-chief and handling ...
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Listing my activity as a Chapter Editor in CV

I am a chapter editor for a particular book. How do I list that in my CV? I see no guidelines particularly stating how to go about stating this. Please keep in mind that I am not the editor of the ...
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