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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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Referee made a mistake but recommended acceptance, what to do?

I recently received a referee report on a math paper in a mid-tier journal. In this paper I proved (to give an example avoiding technicalities) that all dogs are cute. But the referee claimed in his ...
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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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Email from editorial assistant from different journal?

I sent in a Manuscript to a journal apart of the Taylor and Francis group. The manuscript was rejected, but today I received an email from an editorial assistant from another journal associated with ...
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Can an editor make substantial edits and publish them without the author's permission?

Can an editor make substantial edits to an author's book or paper and publish them without the author's permission?
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Decision letter: disagreed with few comments

I received the decision letter for the manuscript I submitted to one of the top journal in the area of network security. The editor recommended the publication of article after minor revision but I ...
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How much do editors care about author affiliations and previous publications in the field?

we've wrote a manuscript applying a computational modelling technique to a field (behavioral ecology) which is not related to our primary research field (neurobiology). This was the result of some ...
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Does the Editor-in-Chief of a journal usually follow the advice and recommendations of the associate editor/senior editor?

After one round of minor revision, my submission has now reached the "Awaiting EIC decision" stage. In the meantime I just wanted to get some insight on what this entails. Do editor-in-chiefs usually ...
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Unexpected long delay to start review process and withdrawal of article

We submitted an article to a SCI journal 2 months ago. Since day 1 the status of article is "Editor Assignment Pending". In the journal introduction they have mentioned that on average 1st review ...
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Why might a journal editor reject a submission, but suggest submission to a sister journal?

We (I with my co-authors) recently had done a high-quality work and submitted to a Journal A (with high impact factor and reputed). A belongs to Wiley Publishers. In its' own site, it displays a set ...
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How to convince a journal editor that my paper is not a duplicate?

Recently, I submitted two manuscripts in two different journals. The papers are related, but their contents and purposes are different; and they also made use of different data sets. One of these ...
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How important is it to choose the right editor on journals that require you choose an editor?

Not sure whether this is common practice, but in the journal to which I am submitting a manuscript (JMEMS), I have to choose an editor. I am not 100% sure whether this is a mandatory requirement, but ...
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Fixing typo in paper after acceptance

Last week I received the pleasant message that my very first journal paper got accepted. More precisely, the journal "accepts the manuscript in its current form". The reviewers did have some remarks, ...
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Can the editor of a book add citations of individual chapters to his own citation count?

Supposed someone is the editor of a book, in which individual chapters of the book are contributed by different authors. Other researchers cite individual chapters of the book. Can the editor of the ...
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Is it normal that my supervisor told me to submit my thesis without any correction from him(he took only one day to look to the thesis)?

I send my Ph.D. thesis to my supervisor, he replied on me after only one day(my thesis is 130 pages)told me that your thesis is OK and you can submit.He did not do any correction or comments!! does ...
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What criteria to use when evaluating an invitation to be an editor from a legitimate publisher?

Some academics receive invitations to join editorial boards or to act as a managing editor for a book or journal special issue frequently. Most of these invitations are spam, and many come from Beall'...
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Will consistent good work as a referee for a journal make it likely to become associate editor?

I am apparently considered a good and competent referee and I get many requests to review papers to the point where I have to reject several (about a third) of requests. I also have to prioritize ...
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Published papers with incorrect solutions of famous problems: how to raise concerns with editors?

I recently discovered the following two papers: Bruckman, Paul S. A proof of the Collatz conjecture. Internat. J. Math. Ed. Sci. Tech. 39 (2008), no. 3, 403–407, DOI: 10.1080/00207390701691574. ...
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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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Current status “with editor” after a a mix up [closed]

My paper was accepted from the Mathematics Magazine. They told me that there are some corrections and changes that I should do and I could find them in the PDF attachment which already appeared in the ...
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Is it too early to ask Editor about the status of my revised manuscript? [duplicate]

I had submitted my revised manuscript to one of the reputed Computer Science Journal, Elsevier. The status says "Required Reviews Submitted" from past 3 MONTHS. I just wanted to know, Is it too early ...
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Awaiting ME decision and reviewers selection [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript through ScholarOne two months ago. During the first week they asked me a few doubts and once they were answered, the manuscript status appeared as "awaiting reviewer selection"...
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Firstly manuscipt 'rejected' and then status changed to 'revise'

I submitted a paper and in the cover letter, I mentioned that the work is related to our previous publication (published in the same journal). After 25 days (for that time status was 'with editor') I ...
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Should I reply to a non-automated email from the editor acknowledging manuscript submission?

Suppose I submit a paper to a journal which does not use an electronic submission system, so I just e-mail it to an editor. When I receive an e-mail acknowledging the submission (no personalisation ...
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Is a paper more likely to be accepted if one of the authors is an associate editor for the journal?

I'm about to submit my first scholarly manuscript to the top journal in my field, which has an acceptance rate of 20-25%. One of the co-authors on my paper, besides being generally well-known in this ...
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Is it okay to modify the LaTeX template for article submission with additional packages?

I want to start writing on an article that is probably going to be published in one of the IOP journals. There is a template for their publications, but it lacks some (for me) essential packages. ...
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How long it takes to hear from a APS journal

I have submitted my paper to a reputed APS journal. It has been 65 days, and I still did not get any response. Should I contact the editor regarding this? I have two papers published in this journal ...
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When peer reviewers are public/open, are they less likely to be critical of a manuscript?

I have been peer reviewing scholarly manuscripts for more than 10 years, and I am always concerned that the quality of my reviews might be impacted by the fact that my name is made public to authors ...
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Can a bad job as referee influence submissions to the same journal?

Having done a bad/inaccurate/sloppy referee report or being a bad referee for a high-ranking journal can influence the acceptance of a paper submitted to the same journal? In other words, when ...
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Journal editor does not appear to pursue report of self-plagiarism

This is a follow-up to an earlier question about a case of blatant self-plagiarism, following which I contacted the editor of the concerned journal. The editor did not acknowledge my initial report. ...
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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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Who need a native english speaker to proofread: Author or Editor? [closed]

It is certain that this editor didn't read the manuscript, he's just on a rush to write a rejection letter probably because he's bias toward the origin or affiliation of the author. I came to this ...
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“Reject & resubmit” when all reviewers accepted manuscript

Recently I sent a manuscript to a high-level IEEE journal (Transaction on Cybernetic, IF=3.45). After my first submission, I received “reject & resubmit” as a response. I resubmitted my manuscript....
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Whom to suggest as an editor when submitting a paper?

Some journals let authors to suggest who should handle their submission. How should one choose the suggested editors? In my particular case, I struggled with selection because One of the possible ...
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Advisor associated with the U.S. Army want their name removed from the text of a published article

I have been contacted by an individual with a request to remove their name from an article our journal published two years ago. The individual was identified as a Culture and Foreign Language Advisor ...
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Minor revision- Editor implied to do the experiment, however a rebut would clarify the issue

We recently received comments from the reviewers after revision. Comments were positive, one reviewer asked us to do an experiment. EES status says its minor revision, editor's email do not say it's a ...
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My paper has been rejected again, what should I change? [closed]

I am trying to publish my paper for almost two years, after two major revisions it has been rejected by an editor of an international journal. My field of study is geophysics. They complain about the ...
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Is it normal for the manuscript submission date to change from the original submission date to the revisions submission date?

I submitted a paper to an ISI journal almost a year ago. The submission date of the manuscript was May 20, 2015. I received a referee report on January 15, 2016. The report was quite positive but ...
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Alongside my book proposal, I included by mistake a chapter with some typos (just a few, but major).

Should I email the editor and resubmit the corrected version of the chapter? I have been trying to meet a deadline so I worked very hard on my book proposal. It was polished and ready to be ...
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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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How much experience is required to apply to be on the editorial board of a journal

Background: I am a pretty early career academic (a couple years out of post-doc) and am junior faculty at a research intensive school. My CV is not bad, but is also not overly impressive. I'm a ...
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Should I still submit a manuscript to a journal if a member of the editorial board is advancing a competing theory that is incompatible with my work?

I have completed (my first) manuscript, which falls well within the scope of a particular journal. However, a member of that journal's editorial board (or, to be precise, the editor's student) is ...
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Is it ethical for a journal editor to use a generic rejection response when desk rejecting a manuscript?

Is it ethical for a journal editor to provide the same response to many authors? Here is an example generic rejection comment made by a journal editor: All manuscripts are initially assessed by ...
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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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Within social science research, which research practices are generally regarded as problematic? [closed]

I am very interested in understanding the aspects of current social science research that are generally accepted as being problematic (by researchers and other commentators). I regard problematic ...
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Confusing article status for journals of American Mathematical Society: “reviewing” AND “being handled by an editor”

The web page of my article in the AMS editorial system for some three months says "Article status: Reviewing" and in the next line "Your paper is being handled by an editor". I find this confusing as ...
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Do (scientific) editors complain with the publishers about user experience?

This recent question on the Elsevier online submission system prompted this question to me. It seems like there are lots of outstanding examples of bad usability and overall negative user experience ...
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Asking an editor about supplementary files to avoid journal overlength?

Is it OK to write to the editor of a journal requesting that you be allowed to move some parts of the paper to a supplementary file, in order to incorporate the review comments and not exceeding the ...
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Why can it take more than a month to find a reviewer?

In the mainstream publishing model, it can take more than a month from the time a manuscript is submitted to the time reviewers are assigned to review it. I feel this is a bit unfair as editors from ...
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What can one do when emails to the editor go unanswered?

I submitted a research article to a reputable mathematics journal in May 2014. The status of my article is still "under review." I have contacted the editor at least three times regarding the delay ...
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Should I ask the Editor for a third Referee when the answer of first two Referees do not agree?

I submitted a theoretical paper to Physical Review Letters, and the editor answered that it can be published in Physical Review but it seems not suitable for a Letter given the Referee responses. ...