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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 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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How long should I wait for review of minor revision? [duplicate]

I received an email form AE that "your manuscript will be accepted under the condition that revisions are made". Two of the reviewer's comments were not seriuos, suggesting minor revision ...
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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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Do Taylor & Francis publications have article numbers that are hidden but can be found?

[[This post has been retitled once and edited twice. This is the second edit. The original post had a sample reference that was faulty for purposes of having the question answered. For this edit, I ...
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Working with `co-guest editor' who has subjected me to harassment as postdoc mentor

Very long post alert! Background: I have a complicated situation and need advice about how to deal with it. I had joined as a postdoc with a faculty member (a senior professor) in an esteemed research ...
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Is it common practice for book reviews editors to be excluded from chief editor(s) meetings?

I'm a book reviews editor (volunteer role) for a newly established journal (running just for the last couple of years). The journal has a couple of chief editors, myself as the book reviews editor, ...
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I got a very bad review from one reviewer, but the paper was not rejected

Some time ago, I submitted my paper to a reputable journal (but far from being one of the best in my field) and have recently received two reviews. One review was positive overall and the reviewer ...
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How often should an editor ask for reviews from the same referee?

There is a journal editor who keeps sending me review requests. He sends a new one shortly (a couple of weeks) after I return the previous one. I tend to accept because they align quite well with my ...
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What should I do if the Production editor has not responded after the proofreading process for over a month?

In February 2021, my paper was accepted and the proof reading process started immediately. I have returned the corrections in begin of March, but after that no sign of communication. I send 3 emails ...
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How normal is it to get email replies in ungrammatical English by a high indexed journal (in the context of lack of communication)?

I submitted a brief report (2,000 words) to a high-indexed journal and after some five days sent an email stating that a preprint for the manuscript had been uploaded. A journal assistant replied he ...
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Is it common for Chinese nationals to turn down review requests?

I am an associate editor for some international scientific journals. Unsurprisingly, I receive a number of submissions from Chinese scholars (working in China), which go through the standard peer ...
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Timeline of "Quick opinions" in math journal refereeing

Some years ago a fair number of mathematics journals started to ask for one or more "quick opinions" by experts on a received manuscript before sending it out for peer-review (with the ...
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The editor cannot find a referee to my paper after one year

I submitted a manuscript to a journal one year ago. The journal is well known and has already published papers on the same subject including one of my previous papers. The paper I submitted went under ...
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How to handle reviewer who is unhappy their recommendation wasn't followed?

Inspired by this incident. The story is a long one, and it’s a bit complicated. The peer reviewer, based at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, had served as a peer-reviewer for a poorly-handled ...
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Letter for journal's editor about the importance of the paper under review

I have sent one of the Ph.D. (2019) chapters to a journal two months ago. Today, I found a preprint (Feb 2021) of one of the strongest key authors of my field. Her preprint talking about a similar ...
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Is it ethical for a journal to reject an accepted article because they decided not to publish the issue

I am stuck in an unfortunate situation caused by a journal and its editorial team. I have an accepted article through a special issue of a journal and the article is now in early access. My paper has ...
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Awaiting AE recommendation - Can be rejected? [duplicate]

I already referred to this post, post, post I recently submitted my paper to a journal 40-45 days back. For the first 10 days, it was reviewed by the managing editor and sent to us for some format ...
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How to learn the language writing requirements for a specific Journal before submitting a paper for reviewing [duplicate]

Recently I received this comment from an Elsevier editor "The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal.". Since then have been found some answers but also ...
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The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal [duplicate]

I just received the following comment from an Elsevier editor "The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal.". To my mind say just that or nothing is pretty ...
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Are journals biased towards more famous authors? [closed]

Say you are an independent researcher, with no affiliation and no famous co-author. Assume that you have authored a paper, which you believe is decently written and reports a method that is at least ...
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What does the With Editor status mean for an Elsevier journal after being with the Managing Editor (ME)? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal, but it was not assigned to a reference number. They sent me a mail stating that the paper with the managing editor for initial evaluation . After tow weeks ...
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Editorial Board Listings without subject descriptions

I have come across several journals that list only names and affiliations of those on the editorial board. As the system then insists that I select one of those names as the editor to handle my paper,...
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Can I invite my phd student to be a guest editor of a special Issue of a Journal I am guest editor as well?

I am an Assistant Professor in the USA and I was invited to be a guest editor of a Special Issue for an international peer-reviewed Journal. I was asked to find 2 other guest editors. Can I invite my ...
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Writing papers with deceased co-authors?

I am doing a literature review for a project and I have come across recent papers in top journals where one of the co-authors is a famous Statistician (Peter G. Hall, 1951 – 2016). This is an example ...
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Spot a possible improvement when reviewing a paper

In reviewing a paper I notice that the result presented there can be improved. However, the improvement may not be significant enough to appear in a good journal. Therefore, to me the best situation ...
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After the draft was accepted, can I ask the Editor to publish it as soon as possible? [duplicate]

One of our drafts was accepted for publication in Nov. 30, 2020. It has not been published online yet. I have not even received the first proof. Is it appropriate to push the Editor? Thanks!
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Awkward situation with editor several month after submission: advice

I am observing from some distance the following situation. Two young mathematicians -- call them A and B -- submitted a paper to a quite strong journal and indicated a much senior colleague C as a ...
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To what extent can advisors edit our writing?

When advisors edit our thesis work, what kind of changes can they make? Is there a limit to what they can do? There's proofreading and also editing for style and clarity. Is asking students to ...
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Journal rejected my paper because contents of paper are in PhD thesis [duplicate]

I have submitted a journal paper to a journal four days ago and today I received an email informing me that it has been rejected. The only reason for this is: "About 70 % of the article is ...
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Do journal editors check self-citations?

Do journal editors check self-citations? If I cite two of my papers, would it be a problem?
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Dilemma: Where to publish?

I am an early career researcher from India. I had earned a PhD from a top European University four years ago and then I moved to my home country early this year. I have been working on a century old ...
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Given reviewer comments, shall I resubmit after the rejection?

I had submitted a manuscript to a SCI indexed journal and I received a rejection after 4 months The reviewers comments stated: The reviewer stated only 1 correction in the whole paper and wrote the ...
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How can a paper be accepted by Physical Review Letters? [closed]

In the first round, we get two reports from the Editor. Referee A just rejected it and referee B said that he is not sure. Since referee A had made a mistake, we appealed to this manuscript. At the ...
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A journal keeps requesting reviews after I have declined any more

I recently received an invitation to review two papers from a journal(!) through EDAS, which I have an account with, only because many years ago and while I was studying my Bachelor degree, I ...
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Would taking an Editor-in-chief position at a mid-tier journal be good strategy for a tenure track professor?

I'm in the sciences in the USA, and a very relevant to my field, well respected journal just advertised. I have been encouraged to apply. The workload is advertised as not egregious. I already sit on ...

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