Questions tagged [editors]

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

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Should I tell an editor that I believe an article I'm reviewing is not good enough for the journal?

Here's the scenario: I was asked to review an article for a given journal. I did, the authors addressed my comments/corrections, and now the manuscript is back with me for a second time to review the ...
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What to do if the editor's decision is not in your favor?

I had recently developed a method and submitted as a manuscript to a journal. Out of four reviewers, three accepted the method and asked for some clarifications about the method:- 2 with major ...
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Does registering in Editorial Manager® and indicating that I am available as a reviewer increase my chances of being invited to review manuscripts?

Do editors check the database of registered users in Editorial Manager®, their keywords and ORCID records when selecting reviewers? I believe the majority of reviewers are assigned based on the ...
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Conflict of interests and the assignment of referee for a very narrow field

Consider a very small scientific field with three major contributors and a total of 15 authors, all of them had coauthored with everyone else. In this field how could the editor choose referee for ...
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Short rejection after two years [closed]

I've submitted a short paper to a well-known cs journal. It got rejected after two years with the below one para explanation. While I admit that the submission was not strong, I feel cheated because ...
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Is copy-editing/typesetting the only step in the publishing process where someone other than the author makes changes to the manuscript?

I have not published a scientific paper before. I am trying to understand the publishing process. As far as I understand, no changes are made to the manuscript by anyone other than the author(s) ...
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Should I withdraw my paper because the editor is delaying the report?

I am clearly disheartened by the editor's behaviour: I sent a manuscript for peer review nearly three months back to an Elsevier journal with impact factor 0.625 in mathematics. I inquired about the ...
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revised manuscript [duplicate]

I have got major revision from biosensor and bioelectronics and the deadline was 1 month. I finished revision within 10 days and submitted the revised paper. now for one week it is with editor. when ...
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Editor's mail with no reviewer's comment

Recently I submitted second revision of my manuscript in a highly reputed mathematics journal. My first revision was a major revision while the second one was a minor (with some terms like paper is ...
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What should one consider when pondering a career as a scientific editor? [closed]

I'm in my 2nd year postdoc, considering getting a science-related job. I looked for jobs at PhD level, and found that one of my options is becoming an editor for a scientific journal. How many years'...
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Editor reviews paper directly

Is it possible for an editor to review the paper directly without inviting another reviewer if the editor feels familiar with the content studied in the paper?
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Does my paper need to mention a hired editor?

I wrote a paper intended for a conference in computer science. Before submission I hired an expert to review and edit my paper. Do I need to mention them? If so, in what way? As a collaborator? In a ...
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What to do when journal comments to rewrite the article?

What to do when a journal editor comments to rewrite (revise and resubmit) the article to remove similarities from another paper published in the same journal by our group. The works are different but ...
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Journal published a paper, ignoring my objections as a referee

A few months back I received a request from a reputed journal to review an article. The article was in a fast-track mode because of its assumed importance. I did review it, and found that it makes ...
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Can I ask the editor for rapid processing (rapid peer review) in the cover letter of my paper submission?

I'm a PhD student and I need to (almost desperately) squeeze in another paper for my dissertation in the next 6 months. Is it acceptable to explain my situation to the editor and ask to set a tighter ...
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Mistake in uploaded file type after revision [closed]

I have revised my manuscript in Elsevier's journal and uploaded it along with the point-by-point reviewer comments responding. I found I have made a mistake in uploading the file. There is the list ...
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How to escalate a complaint about errors produced by a journal from the Nature publishing group when Editor doesn't respond

We have a scientific paper that was published at the beginning of this year in "Scientific Reports", an open-access journal by the Nature publishing group. However, upon publication, as authors we ...
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What should I do if I believe my former advisor is alleging to journal editors that I have copied his study?

I have been through many different things with my previous advisor. He wrote publications with my research proposal with his former female student after forcing me to give up the topic. Also, as ...
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Should I report apparent conflict with handling editor during peer review?

I have been dealing with an awkward situation regarding evaluation of my submitted paper. The publisher is one of the big well known OA, and the journal is one of their leading journals (in terms of ...
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Can an editor review manuscript without sending to reviewers?

I submitted my manuscript to a journal one month ago and the status is "with editor" up to now. As the editor of my paper is one of the leading scientists in the field of my research paper (...
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Is it fine to mail the Associate Editor in his personal email provided in his homepage?

Is it okay to mail an Associate Editor in his personal e-mail? I have submitted a manuscript in a journal and I want to know the status of my manuscript. The publisher of my journal is "World ...
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Is it common for a managing editor of a University Press to solicit book proposals from PhD students at a conference?

I am a PhD candidate in the very early process of writing my dissertation, and I'm presenting my first chapter at an international humanities conference soon. I received an email from the managing ...
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What to expect, prepare, bring to a short-noticed meeting solicited by a University Press editor?

How to prepare for a meeting/discussion with a major University Press editor when they solicited/sought you out on short notice (4 days)? Because I didn't solicit them, I don't have a full manuscript -...
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How to change corresponing author during review process

I recently graduated my PhD and will take on a new opportunity next month. To follow up two papers that I have submitted a couple of months ago, which are still under review (during a very lengthly ...
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How can a Paper be sent to “Under Review ”so quickly? [duplicate]

I had submitted a manuscript to an SCIE indexed journal 1 month ago. I had selected an Associate Editor for my manuscript. The journal website said that if my manuscript is not deemed fit for peer ...
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When editor does not respond to the request for withdrawal

I submitted a manuscript to a journal, but due to some issue with that I asked the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor to withdraw the manuscript from further consideration. Despite several emails, ...
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Are editorial management systems helpful to journal editors?

In this amusing blog post, Scott Aaronson explains why he is unwilling to deal with editorial management systems as a referee. They make you log in to some complicated system, using a password you've ...
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How to choose an associate editor for my manuscript?

I want to submit my manuscript to a journal. It is written that I need to choose an associate editor for my paper and if the associate editor whom I assign rejects my paper, I cannot resubmit my ...
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What does it mean when an editor needs additional reviews despite a status of “reviews completed”?

I have submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal. After two weeks of required reviews completed status I have sent and E-mail to the editor. He replied: Your paper is still under review. We need 1 or 2 ...
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Editor not replying to emails long time after submission

My problem is the following. I submitted a paper to a journal of Elsevier almost a year ago. Although I have written many times asking about the status of the submission, my emails have been ...
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What rights does an editor of a scientific book have? Can he add references/citations to a chapter written by other authors?

There was recently a call for book chapters (to be published by a reputable publisher), I submitted an article and it was accepted. When I received the proof to review, I noticed that the book editor ...
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how to include editorial work in list of publications [closed]

Is there an acceptable way to include editorial work on journal articles in my list of publications?
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How to become an Editorial board member? [duplicate]

How to become an Editorial board member?Is it appropriate to contact journal's Editor in Chief to show interest for joining editorial board?
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How do I get my paper sent to the right editor?

Suppose I have found the perfect journal for my manuscript. That journal has 50 editors. Editor A is an expert in the subject of my manuscript. What can I do to get my paper handled by Editor A, ...
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Identity of a supposed anonymous referee revealed through “Description” of the report

I received a referee report from a journal (with single blind peer review policy). If that matters, the journal uses "Editorial Manager" system. By clicking on "View Attachments", one can see 5 ...
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No response from Journal editor after misinformed rejection

I recently submitted an article to a journal, which was later rejected. But the grounds for rejection were completely unfounded. Also, a few oddities stand out with regards to the rejection. ...
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Will a top journal at least read my introduction?

I'm currently preparing an article for a very good journals in mathematics (AMS, Acta, Advances, etc.). I have never had a result worthy of these journals until now. I would like to know whether I ...
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How to response to the editor for a minor suggestion given by the reviewer via a formal letter?

I submitted a paper and after about five months the editor sent an email: "I have decided that your manuscript can be accepted for publication after you have carried out the corrections as suggested ...
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Etiquette to recontact the editor when he says the he will give the news as soon as he has some [duplicate]

Assume that the last time that one has contacted the editor of a journal (about 10 months ago) to obtain the progress of submitted manuscript, the editor has said that he will give news as soon as he ...
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Identifying a published error

Hypothetical: I found an error which fundamentally kills a published paper and re-opens a number of problems the paper claimed to solve. Not only is there an error, but the results are actually wrong....
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Outcome of journal as out of scope

I got the outcome of my paper after 2 months from IEEE Transaction. The editor said its out of scope and suggested to submit in a sister journal and he cc the outcome to the editor of that journal. ...
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Manuscript status changed immediately from “With the Editor” to “Decision in Process”

I submitted a manuscript in a journal (Springer) and after 3 days the status of my MS changed to "With the Editor" followed by "Decision in Process" after 5 days. My MS apparently did not undergo peer-...
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More than 2 months with status 'Editor assigned ' ; is it normal? [duplicate]

I'm a bit worried because my paper have been more than 2 months "with editor" status. It's a computer science journal , from a famous editorial. Normally we have the option to send an e-mail to the ...
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Advice for a new journal editor

I was recently appointed to the editorial board of an academic math journal. I'm excited about this position, and I want to do the best job I can. I have no experience with the role however, other ...
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Editor asked me why to change the corresponding author

I have one accepted manuscript waiting to be published. During the proof, I changed the corresponding author from me to my postdoc adivsor. Editor now asked why I made such a change. What happened ...
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Do journals allow authors to bring their own reviewers [duplicate]

Some papers are published under category "communicated by ...". Do this mean the author contact this person to review the paper instead of editorial board? My question is: do journals generally allow ...
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Contacting a reference for verification as an editor

I am an assistant editor of a local health journal and recently an author submitted a paper on the psychometric property of a translated instrument. I have requested for a proof of acknowledgement of ...
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Awaiting AE Recommendation to Awaiting AE Assignment

Paper just went to this after review. Any idea what this means in terms of the paper's status at this point?
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Reviews are in but incomplete. Is it preferable to send manuscript for revision, or wait till complete?

Let's say I'm handling a paper which has been reviewed, but the reviews are incomplete. For example: The journal needs N reviews as a policy and I only have N-1 reviews. The journal needs at least ...
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Role of a Senior Editor

I have submitted a paper to one of the IEEE journals. I had to choose a Senior Editor. What is the exact role of the Senior Editor? As far as I know, the Editor-in-Chief assigns an Associate Editor ...