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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 can editors and reviewers detect data manipulation?

I am preparing a paper in the field of Computer Science. In order to report test results, we usually run a number of tests and report the average of those tests. For each test, we generate random ...
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When / how should I ask about a manuscript's status in review?

I have a manuscript that has been in review for 60 days. The journal asks for reviews within four weeks. At what point is it acceptable (and not detrimental) to contact the editor for an update? How ...
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What corrections can you make on galley proofs?

When I receive galley proofs of a paper, I look at possible errors introduced by the copy-editing team. But while I proofread the article, there are sometimes small mistakes I'd like to fix, which ...
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Is it okay to inquire about the status of a paper when the online submission system shows no update three months after submission?

Around 3 months ago, I submitted a paper to a Math journal for peer-review through an online submission system. The same day I received in my e-mail an acknowledgement saying that the paper had been ...
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Sound reasons for excluding a reviewer

I am about to submit a paper, and I'm asked whether I want anybody to be excluded from consideration as a reviewer. I also need to state a reason. I briefly considered listing someone who - I have ...
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How to become a journal editor?

Being an editor of a journal can be time-consuming, but has obvious benefits (especially if one enjoys reading and reviewing manuscripts). So I expect many academics have a desire to become an editor. ...
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What to do when a journal publishes a paper plagiarizing one's work but doesn't care about it?

Recently I caught a paper which had plagiarized my paper. Several sentences had been copied from my article without citing my article. Some of the copied sentences had been shuffled, so the words were ...
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Can a referee request a paper referenced in the reviewed paper?

If you review a paper which relies on results some other paper and you do not have access to that paper, is it acceptable to contact the editor and ask whether the author can provide a copy of the ...
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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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What happens if the editor cannot find reviewers?

I submitted to a journal a couple of months ago. The editorial flow is somehow quick and very transparent. I receive notifications for all events happening to the manuscript. Unfortunately, the ...
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“With editor” status for 2 months: is it normal? [duplicate]

I'm a bit worried because one of my papers have been more than 2 months "with editor" status. It's a science journal (field: drug residue, food), from a famous editorial and impact factor 3.3. I'm ...
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How to create an editorial board for a new journal

I want to start a new scientific journal. After doing all he initial work about setting up a journal now I want to know how will I be able to create an editorial board?
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Can you share some screenshots of editor's control panels?

Most journals use similar manuscript handling systems such as ScholarOne. I have seen both author and reviewer accounts (which are similar). I wonder how an editor account looks like. I mean how you ...
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How to deal with an unreasonable reviewer asking to cite irrelevant articles?

Two years ago, when I was doing my master’s degree, I was working on a computational project. My supervisor was well-known in the field and a highly reputed person. We were doing a great job, trying ...
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What should you do if you don't hear anything back from editor after a whole year from first submission?

I have submitted a paper more than a year ago, but still I haven't heard anything back from the editor. As of today I have no idea whether my paper has been accepted/rejected or is in a review stage. ...
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Journal does not tell me why they rejected my paper, even on request

I submitted my paper to one of Springer’s journals seven months ago. One month ago I received a letter from the editor-in-chief: Following a review of the manuscript by the editorial board, we ...
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When should an editor use reviewers recommended by authors of a submitted manuscript?

I am a newly appointed editor to a top journal. I have received my first manuscript assignment. I see in the journal system that the authors have provided preferences for reviewers for their paper. I ...
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Is it bad to ask the editor about the status of a submission on seeing that referees' reports were submitted a week ago?

This question is about inquiring regarding paper status. I had submitted a paper, and recently I just discovered that the manuscript tracking system shows that the editorial committee has received ...
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How do I address my research publication being 'scooped'?

Back in spring 2016, I submitted a manuscript for publication. I revised the manuscript in winter 2016 and have been waiting for reviews since then. Two of the three reviewers responded in a timely ...
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Do editors ever “overbook” referees?

Is the following common? An editor for a journal sends a paper out to, say, three or four referees. After getting the first two referee reports, the editor makes a decision and tells the third and ...
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Is it bad practice to submit the entire manuscript for an initial book proposal to a publisher?

In a previous book I wrote, I submitted the entire manuscript along with a couple page proposal to a few different publishers. Both editors never responded to me. In my current book, I sent the ...
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Submitting multiple distinct papers to the same journal

I've recently submitted three papers to the same top journal over a period of two weeks. Can this fact alone impact on the chances of any of the papers being accepted? There is no overlap of content ...
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Complaining about an ISI journal's unreasonable behavior

I submitted one of my paper to an ISI journal in September 2011. While I was waiting for it, I inquired about its status (I needed the paper to complete my PhD), and the journal wrote back saying that ...
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Manuscript revision deadline: how strict are these [at Scientific Reports]

I am a Ph.D. student and presently dealing with my first paper that I had submitted to Scientific Reports. I received back the reviewer comments together with a note from the editor asking me (as the ...
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Slow Response from Journal: Should I withdraw a paper?

I submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal in August and the status has been "with editor" ever since. I was concerned that it had not been sent for review for 4 months and I sent inquiries twice ...
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How long after first contact, where editor says “manuscript is still under review”, is it okay to enquire again about status of manuscript?

About a year ago I submitted a paper to a very good math journal. After 10 months I asked the editor for its status, and he said it is still with the referee, and that he will remind him about it. ...
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I am an editor for a lousy paper and I found a better algorithm than theirs. Must I share it with them?

I am handling a paper as an associate editor that proposed an algorithm that I find to be weak. In fact, I was able to show that a very simple, brute-force approach actually has a better running time ...
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Why do editors sometimes accept a paper even if a reviewer recommends rejection?

For the last many days, I have a question in mind related with the editorial decision of accepting or rejecting the manuscript after peer-review: Few days back I got a review report from a very ...
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Why become a journal editor?

I know peer-reviewing research papers is a lot of work, but it is something that as a scientist in academia you must do. However, you are not required to become an editor of a journal. It seems to be ...
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How to respond to an editor's post-review comments suggesting major changes I'm not willing to make?

I submitted a paper (in applied mathematics) to a journal about a year and a half ago. I received the first feedback from the Editor in Chief about a year later (the reviewing process for this journal ...
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When is it appropriate to contact the editor before submission to avoid rejection without review?

Manuscripts submitted to a journal are often directly rejected by the editor without going out for review. I find this acceptable with the caveat that it's a huge waste of time having to reformat and ...
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What might the editor do if my supervisor contacts a journal to claim authorship of a paper?

When I was doing my PhD project, I got an idea to solve a different but related problem. However, my supervisor said neither the motivation nor the initial result were interesting, and so he refused ...
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“Awaiting Editors Decision” what could it mean? [duplicate]

I submitted my paper to a engineering journal. It underwent a major revision and then a minor revision. The minor revision was some grammatical stuff. Now it is in the "Awaiting Editors Decision" mode ...
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Ramifications of withdrawing publication offer (question from student editor)?

I am the editor of a student-edited journal at a graduate school. We extended a publication offer to an author that has published with the journal in the past, and with whom I do not wish to burn any ...
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Festschrift articles: is the peer-review as strict as for other papers?

Many journals sometimes publish Festschriften, i.e. special issues in honor of a distinguished (but still alive) researcher in their field. Articles for such issues are typically invited articles by ...
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What is the correct procedure to report typos or errors in journal articles?

I have found an error in a journal article which I believe to be a typo. It is minor but it does affect the technical aspects of the paper so it should ideally be corrected. What is the correct ...
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What is the work load of a journal reviewing editor?

I was wandering what was the work load of a journal reviewing editor? More precisely, if someone would like to apply for such a position, how much time is required to do the job correctly? I am of ...
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How long does it typically take for editor's final decision after reviews are completed?

According to the reviewers, the paper I have submitted is now ready for publication. How long I should wait to know the final decision of the editor-in-chief?
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Is it unprofessional for a journal editor to be anonymous?

An editor of a journal asked me to review a paper but did not provide his/her name or institution, signing the e-mail as, essentially, "Editor of ...". The e-mail seems to be based upon a template. ...
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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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How to mail the editor asking to withdraw my submission?

How do I say to the editor that I want to withdraw my paper from his journal? I had submitted a paper to a journal 10 days back. When I checked recently, the status was showing "Under Review". But ...
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Editor invites many reviewers simultaneously

I have been reviewing for a particular prestigious journal in my field for some time. I noticed that the editor invites a significant number of reviewers (4-7) simultaneously. In most cases, not all ...
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After long time without, three review invitations in two weeks. Coincidence, or do editors share lists of helpful reviewer names?

Being early in my academic career, I don't yet get many paper reviews. Until recently, I had reviewed two papers in two years, and rejected one invitation to review. My last review was completed ...
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Editor not taking action after I reported plagiarism. What steps can I take?

Some people erased three author names including mine from a paper previously submitted (and rejected by three different journals) and got it accepted by Case Reports In Emergency Medicine. I ...
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How many manuscripts should I agree to handle as an associate editor?

I've been asked by a peer-reviewed journal whether I'd be willing to act as an associate editor for them. The question How to act as an editor? has some useful hints as to the tasks associated with ...
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An invitation to join the editorial board of a newly launched journal

I am in the first months of my postdoctoral research, where I work in a highly reputed laboratory. Recently, I got an invitation to join the editorial board of a newly engaged journal. They invited ...
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Is it ethical to reject an article after acceptance?

I submitted a journal article to Forum: Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research back in September-October 2016. By February 2017, I received an R&R. April 2017, official ...
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How to target possible authors? Ethics of increasing the visibility of open access journals

My colleague and I work at an Open Access journal, published by a regional scholarly association. The field is Communication and Media Studies. Recently we started to encounter problems with reaching ...
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Effect of bland cover letter for journal submission in biology

I'm not used to writing covering letters for journal submissions, and I believe this is pretty standard in maths. However, I got into a conversation with a friend in biology, who said they expect to ...
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Is it ethical to share a controversial reason for declining to review with other editors/journals?

This question is a follow up to How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid? Most actions by a reviewer are logged in the editorial management system, such as: Whenever a reviewer agrees ...