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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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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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Manuscript awaiting EIC decision 3 weeks after submission [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript through ScholarOne on 14th Jan 2021 and now (08/02/2021), it is showing awaiting EIC decision. In those three weeks, it went through the following steps. Awaiting Admin ...
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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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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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