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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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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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Meaning of the status “On hold, with editors” on the APS manuscript submission system

I recently submitted a manuscript for consideration in the Physical Review Materials (PRM) journal, published by APS. The paper describes a novel method for addressing a problem. The status of the ...
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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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Status Change in Science submission System changed from “to review” to “under evaluation” to “to review” again [duplicate]

we have submitted our paper and have gotten 3 relatively positive reviews from the reviewers, one of them asking for a few additional experiments. After sending our revision back to the editor, the ...
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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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Why isn't it common for papers in pure and applied math (and other related fields) to be modified/corrected after it has been published?

As research grows even more intricate in fields such as pure and applied math (and other technical areas), very few reviewers now have a complete picture of any single field. Thus it should be common ...
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Reviewers’ comments are not sufficient to reject my paper, what to do?

Recently I received a rejection letter from a journal editor (including some comments). However, when I checked the reviewers comments (from two reviewers), I found that their comments do not seem to ...
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Transfer article to better Physical Review journal

I submitted a paper to PRA: Rapid Communications. I was asked to resubmit because my supplemental material was too long and contained material that should be in the main text. In the meantime, however,...
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What is considered a standard time for asking a status update from the editor for various stages of peer-review?

What is considered a standard time for asking a status update from the editor for various stages of peer-review? I have heard that editors get irritated for asking a status update for the manuscript. ...
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What is the correct time to contact the Editor for a decision when the revisions are elementary

I received a review for my manuscript 6 months after submission. The reviewer pointed some minor corrections like grammatical errors, missing brackets and so on. Though I submitted by revisions to the ...
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What is standard record-keeping like for a journal editor?

I'm developing an in-department certification process, with multiple faculty members assigned to assess each new certification, and it occurred to me to model the overall process on the (familiar) ...
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What does the paper submission status “to advisor” mean? [duplicate]

I have recently transferred a paper in the AAAS (Science journals) submission system after a quick initial desk rejection at the first journal after only 3 days. It now says "to advisor" for ...
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Submitted wrong file while submitting the revision

My paper has been accepted in a journal with minor revision. However, while submitting the revision I mistakenly submitted a wrong file. What to do in this case ? Should I inform the editor ? Thanks
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When should we contact the editor to follow up on our submitted manuscript? [duplicate]

We have submitted our manuscript for publication on June 18, 2020. Until now, we haven't heard any decision from the journal. The status of the manuscript on the online system is 'under review' since ...
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Is it bad to withdraw a manuscript one day after it has been submitted?

I submitted it yesterday, after sending it to a repository. Then, a colleague gave a quick read and found some narrative issues, i.e., our abstract seems to be claiming something we did not do and we ...
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Can you file a complaint about editors selling your contact information?

If you are in academia, you might have noticed that your contact information is being sold, sometimes you collaborate with a person with a very specific research line and background and get an ...
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Pros and Cons of being an editor for an edited book volume

I am early in my tenure track position. I have just completed my post-doc and PhD two years ago. In collaboration with colleagues, we have recently circulated call-for-papers for an edited book. What ...
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Is it acceptable, as a Reviewer, to ask the Editor about another reviewer?

I recently reviewed a manuscript submitted to a Journal. Today, I received the editor's response to the authors, which included all the reviews made by the (anonymous) reviewers. I was particularly (...
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Overly long review process (>2 years) without feedback [duplicate]

We submitted a paper to a journal more than 2 years ago. After 1 year had passed without any news, I asked the editors for an update on the status of our paper, and they mentioned they were still ...
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With editor status changes to Submitted to Journal After 5 weeks [duplicate]

May I please ask what does this mean. I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal, for 5 weeks it had "with editor" status, now it has changed to "Submitted to Journal". What ...
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My manuscript status says “18 reviewers invited.” Is it a bad sign if that many reviewers were invited to review my manuscript?

So far, that is the only information given to me by the journal. I have no idea if all 18 reviewers were invited at the same time, or if one at a time. In either cause, is this a bad sign, something ...
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What should I do if the author didn't do what I asked them to do when I reviewed their paper?

I had reviewed a manuscript two months ago. Though the manuscript was interesting and well written there were some minor flaws. I had pointed to the author the flaws and asked them to correct them. I ...
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What to write in journal cover letter when research was conducted several years ago

I am in the process of submitting a paper to a peer reviewed journal. The paper reports a study that was conducted 7 years ago. In the cover letter to editors that I have prepared, I point out that ...
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How to find past editors and editorial board members of scientific journals?

Journal websites usually list their present editors and editorial board members. Is there any systematic way to find out the journals' past editors and editorial board members (if possible, in a ...
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Is it ok to enquire the editor about the accceptance chance of a paper which is under review for 1.5 years [duplicate]

I have submitted two papers in a top-tier applied mathematics journal. The first one is a short paper and the second one is a full paper. After 7 months the short paper and after 8 month the full ...
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Can I write a referee report too fast?

As a math postdoc, I received my first invitation to referee a journal article today, and I accepted the invitation. I've already read a preprint of the submitted article (which has been available on ...
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Where to get a basic introduction to a science subject published legitimately? [closed]

I have a high school to undergraduate level introduction written for methods and applications of a particular science topic (~5000 words with tables and schematic, like a book chapter). My goal is ...
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How much domain expertise and network does a special issue guest editor need?

I have been invited as a special issue guest editor. The journal is genuine (I have both published and reviewed there multiple times) but not very prestigious and sometimes seen as "easy" to get into....
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Paper rejected due to short reference list

Recently I submitted a paper to a journal and I got the following feedback from the Editorial Office: The reference lists of manuscripts submitted to our journal should include a variety of English-...
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If you were an editor-in-chief, would you appreciate to be informed that an associate editor has published sloppy information in his journal?

(Edited with thanks after the early comments helped gauge the perception of the post.) This is the situation I came across an article published in a reputable journal in the field of physics and ...
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Why has the status date changed while the status remains unchanged at “Editor Assigned”?

I submitted an accepted paper after a second revision to a springer journal on 24th Avril and the status stayed at "Revisions Being Processed " for two days. The status changed to "Editor Assigned" on ...
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“Editor invited” to “Decision in Process” [duplicate]

I submitted my paper to World Scientific journal for a week ago. The "Editor invited" status stayed since the submission, and then it changed to "Decision in Process" directly. It seems strange. ...
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What does “Awaiting SE Preliminary Decision” mean for IEEE transactions journal? [duplicate]

I have a manuscript with IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology under peer review from early Jan 2020. Today, there has been a status update on the journal's ScholarOne online portal which ...
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Does a senior area editor supervise a country or a region?

What area is being referred to in the title senior area editor? Is it a country or a region that may include more than one country?
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What to do when a reviewer is late while daily posting about other activities on social media?

I am an associate editor for a journal. I have asked an academician to perform a review for the journal, to which they agreed. The reviewer is already 6 weeks late (6 weeks after the deadline), not ...
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Is it a normal process if all changes by “Track Change” function in Word of my revised manuscript are visible after being built in Elsevier?

I got a revision reply and the editor wanted me to use "track change" in Word to do changes in manuscript. I completed the revision for manuscript and responses to reviewers file. I re-submitted and ...
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Paper accepted subject to minor changes – should I comply if I do not consider them minor?

My paper met acceptance (through email notification from editor) with one reviewer requiring a minor change which is not minor according to my perception and would revise all my figures and results. ...
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Can a managing editor replace the editor on a paper or remove them from the editorial board? [duplicate]

Let's assume that a journal editor has been allocated a submission, started reviewing it himself, but stopped responding to the managing editor (= you) despite a long time since the authors had sent ...
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When does an editor fail?

Let's assume that a journal editor has been allocated a submission, started reviewing it himself, but stopped responding to the managing editor (= you) despite a long time since the authors had sent ...
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How to respond to an editor who suddenly stops answering your emails

I've been corresponding with an editor at a university publishing company, but he suddenly stopped responding to my emails. Most recently, I sent him my book chapters and a summary of my book, but he ...

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