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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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Continuous article publishing

Is continuous article publishing (CAP) a good thing? Many journals are making the transition to CAP. It seems to alleviate costs for publishers. Also, I suppose it is a natural thing, in view of the ...
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Should the first editorial board position be a "big shot"?

I was recently invited to join the editorial board of a Wolters Kluwer journal. The journal is decent and publishes 4 issues per year. It has been in the field for about 15 years. The journal is China-...
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Can I connect with the editor on social platforms during manuscript submission or wait until the process is completed?

Suppose that I am an author of a manuscript that was submitted to a journal. During the submission process, I have came across the personal account of the editor handling my manuscript on social ...
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what does this status mean please? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal and it was under review for 2 months but now the status changed to reviewers assigned then it became under review .. what does that mean please
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Is it appropriate to provide editorial oversight for a paper authored by someone who plans to move to your institution?

I see some journal editors handle the papers authored by their colleagues. It is usually not allowed to handle papers authored by colleagues in the same institution. After a deeper check of one paper, ...
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Does my contribution to an editorial project merit a more formal acknowledgment?

For the past several years, I've worked remotely and without pay in an archive in order to assist a colleague (who has actually left academia) with a book project. The project consists of compiling an ...
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How long does it take a journal to assign an associate editor? [duplicate]

I submitted my paper more than a month and a half ago and the journal still hasn't assigned an editor yet. It passed initial validation, though. I found out that for others, it generally takes 1-2 ...
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Asking editors for similar journals

This is a straighforward question. I have written a paper specifically for a particular journal which has rejected it and wished me luck publishing this elsewhere (reviewers also expressed interest in ...
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Are editors of top-tier journals biased in their decisions by the authors names and affiliations?

Are editors of top-tier journals biased in their decisions by the authors names and affiliations? Once the editors receive a manuscript for a potential publication, they obviously read the names of ...
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Attaching previous reviews - avoiding pitfalls of desk rejection? [duplicate]

I just got rejected during a review process in a prestigeous journal. The paper has received a lot of valid criticism, which (to my best current knowledge) could be incorporated in its further ...
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Speed of review with respect to the paper's quality

Sometimes the review process can take a long time, sometimes it can be very short. I suppose that one of the important factors determining the speed of review process can be the quality (i.e., the ...
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Can I just phone an editor if he never answered back via email?

Last year, I submitted a book manuscript to Springer. The academic editor told me that it looked great and that he would send it for peer review and would contact me in due course. Both the publisher ...
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Editorial manager system and Firefox password manager

This is maybe a rather special specialist question... I review and hold Associate Editor positions for various Elsevier and Springer journals that use editorialmanager.com (actually I believe both ...
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Politely suggesting to the editor that they should invite more reviewers

Elsevier provides a tracking system through which authors can see how many reviewers have been invited, how many have accepted to review the paper, and how many have completed the review. If more than ...
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How to publish independently in top journals?

I am a second year PhD student. I also worked on topics outside my thesis. The results are good and I want to submit it to top journals. However, I am surprised by the attitude of most of the editors ...
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Do editors pretend that someone asked for you to review to make acceptance of review requests more likely?

I received a review request from a journal I have previously reviewed for. In the request, they stated that the authors suggested me to be one of the reviewers, which I found slightly odd as the topic ...
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"Decision in process" after the median number of days from submission meaning

My manuscript went from "With the Editor" to "Decision in Process" after I submitted it to a journal, which had a median decision time of 10 days. After 18 days the status changed ...
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When is it useful to wait for the resubmission of a revised manuscript?

I recently attended a conference and witnessed an interesting discussion between a PhD and his supervisor. The supervisor recommended his student to "wait with the re-submission until the very ...
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What does the Editor-in-chief do with the Associate editor recommendation? How much is him/her involved?

I am aware about the typical workflow of a journal. Still, I am very curious about the "last steps" before an article is accepted. Let's assume one successfully passed peer review and the ...
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What are Honarary Editors?

As in the title: what is the function of an Honorary Editor on a journal's editorial board, as opposed to regular editors? I have seen this a few times in a journal and I suspect it is supposed to add ...
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Editor does not respond after a month of completion of second revision [duplicate]

Our paper underwent a second minor revision after the first major revision. This second revision has been completed by the reviewer 1 month ago, yet the editor has not even seen this report. I know ...
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Is it possible to edit name in a paper at the stage of pre-proof correction after acceptance?

I am a part of a collaboration in an article. The paper is accepted in a journal and we are asked to check the pre-proof version. Now I see initial part of my name is missing. For, example if my name ...
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Journal editor demands changes to article published online two years ago

Three years ago I wrote a manuscript and submitted it to a well-known journal in my field. After a few months, I received the reviews, which were extremely positive, but suggested minor improvements. ...
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desk reject without reason - email to ask?

I recently had a paper desk-rejected (i.e., by the editor without review). I was disappointed sure, but more annoyed because no reason was given at all (verbatim email with redactions): I am sorry to ...
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Does a research paper of a Phd student get equal attention in top category math. journal?

I am a PhD student in pure mathematics from a lower-developed or developing country in the Asia region. I have two published articles in average-category peer-reviewed journals (one is in the Q2 ...
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Is it acceptable if researchers publish in journals and serve on the editorial board at the same time? [duplicate]

It seems to be a not too uncommon practice that researchers publish (frequently) in the same journal on which they are on the editorial board. On the one hand, there are good reasons why that would ...
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How to send an email to a senior editor?

We have sent a comment paper to Physical Review B, but the editor told us to extend this comment paper and convert it to a regular paper. But we have already written a regular paper and wanted to send ...
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Paper submitted to a Nature sub-journal with 3 weeks without updates, what can it mean? [duplicate]

I'm a postdoc working in the field of cancer genomics. Recently I submitted my work to a Nature sub-journal. It quickly went from "manuscript submitted" to "editor assigned" and &...
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Is it rude to tell an editor that a paper I received to review is out of scope of their journal?

I received an article for review from a journal I did not review for before and honestly haven't even heard of so far. It is not a predatory journal, just a journal that until quite recently had a ...
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Does the editorial board of a journal have the ethical right to refuse publication for insulting the reviewer?

In their response to a review, the authors insult the reviewer, question their professional knowledge and the comments made regarding the finalization of the publication. The reviewer cannot refuse ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

I am a postdoc researcher (more than five years after PhD) with an average publishing record. I have been contacted by a journal asking me to become part of their editorial board. I am, however, ...
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Getting scooped and is it appropriate to volunteer to write a highlight?

To solve a long-unknown crystal structure, we were scooped by another group using the same state-of-the-art technique. A peer-reviewed top journal article was published online in the past few days. ...
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How to remove co-author from a reference of paper under review?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. One of my article (say, paper A) is under review in a journal (say, journal J), where I have mentioned my next article (say, paper B) as a reference (which is ...
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Does IEEE have any payment for its journal editors?

In response to the post "Why become a journal editor?", some mentioned that certain editorial members, such as the Editor-in-Chief or other editors, receive monetary compensations. I am ...
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Predatory conferences: attendance with abstract

There are many "international conferences" that seem predatory (with a high degree of certainty). They usually provide a space for you to talk about any general issue you consider worth ...
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Can I contact the editor with relevant personal information in hope to speed-up the review process?

I have submitted a math paper to an Elsevier journal around 2.5 months ago, it is now under review (reviewer invited) for around 2 weeks. I understand that this is a relatively short time for a math ...
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two months with no confirmation from editor

I submitted an article to an academic journal about two months ago (not through a website but directly to an editor's email, because the submission via email is the required way) but received no ...
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Waiting time for editor's decision for an article with status "Reviews Completed" for 4 months?

The academic journal paper I submitted to a Q1 Springer journal has been in the position of "Review Completed" since February 6, 2023, and is still in that status as of today, June 21, 2023. ...
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Should I sent another follow-up email to editor if there is no response after submitting the revision?

I am a Ph.D. student in pure mathematics. Recently, I received a very positive review of one of my articles from a good (or at least average) journal. After a minor revision, I sent back the revised ...
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How much time does a journal editor spend on a submited paper before deciding to either go forward with reviewing or desk rejection?

I've been wondering, how much time journal editors spend (on average) on newly submitted papers before deciding go/no-go ? Do editors have the time to read the full paper or do they get a "feel&...
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I couldn't find my preprint anywhere... How should I do? [closed]

I remembered that I ticked to share my manuscript with preprint by mistake three months ago, during the submission process Journal of Hazardous Materials Some days after, my manuscript was immediate ...
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Is it common practice to accept an applied mathematics manuscript based on only one positive report?

A week ago, I have received an invitation to review a manuscript in Applied Mathematics by an Elsevier journal and I was given a deadline of two weeks to reply to the invitation. As I was a little bit ...
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Paper with potentially inappropriately-ordered authors, should a journal act?

A journal I handle recently received a paper that looks like a student's project. Reasons to think this include the research conducted, the writing style (e.g. the paper describes things which ...
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Shall I write a rebuttal letter or just transfer my manuscript? How shall I write the letter?

I recently submitted a paper to a peer-reviewed journal and received feedback from two reviewers. Reviewer #1's feedback was rather nonspecific, but Reviewer #2's comments were quite perplexing. This ...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

The Setup I hold a prepared and written manuscript (10 500 words of text) focused on argumenting about specific problem in my field of study. This paper has been rejected few times from the most ...
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Do I need to mention an incompetent referee in Conflicts of Interest (or comment)?

Facts: About 18 months ago I submitted a paper claiming the result previously published by Michael is false. The first referee used details in Michael's paper to defend Michael's points, trying hard ...
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4 weeks “with editor” normal? [duplicate]

I have submitted a math paper to an Elsevier journal. Before submitting it, I sent two separate polite emails to two editors (experts of the field) of the journal and asked them if they think my paper ...
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As an editor should I suggest inclusion of acknowledged contributors as co-authors?

I am editing a manuscript for a journal that I just received and which hasn't been sent out to reviewers yet. To me, there were two aspects of the paper that irritated me a bit. The first being that ...
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Dealing with a plagiarized paper with both junior and senior authors

The following didn't directly happen to me, but it came close. I'm using first person anyway for clarity. A paper is submitted to a journal for which I'm an editor. During review, it's noticed that ...
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How should I interpret a desk rejection whose reason seems paradoxical in view of the journal's publication history?

I am trying to be a researcher in a field of economics but with emphasis on philosophy. The field of philosophical (argumentative) economics is, in my opinion, not in the limelight these days; however,...
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