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[journal-workflow] concerns the workflow within journals after submission of a manuscript until its acceptance or rejection. Please click on “info” before asking a question.

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What does the typical workflow of a journal look like?

What steps does a manuscript typically go through from submission to publication (or rejection) in a typical journal? How are these steps referred to, in particular by editorial systems, and how long ...
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What should I do when my accepted paper is subsequently rejected?

My paper was accepted for publication in a journal. I have also received an acceptance letter and even I have filled out the copyright form. The corresponding editor first told me "Your paper is ...
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Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?

I have a paper accepted by a journal of Elsevier, and it went under production for 3 months. Yet the production team has not been able to fix certain problems with typesetting which appeared during ...
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I got a paper to review from a journal that had rejected my earlier works, how to respond?

Recently, I got a paper to review for a journal (Elsevier) which is very reputed. The fact is that this journal had rejected two of my earlier works after keeping it under review for more than a year ...
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Should I continue reviewing a paper after having discovered plagiarised content in it?

I received an invitation to review for the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing. I started to analyze the manuscript by reading the title, abstract, introduction, results ...
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Review your own paper in Mathematics

I sent a paper to a good journal with other coauthors. Some days ago, one of my coauthors was sent an invitation to review this paper. Is this logical? I mean, has anybody of you ever received an ...
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Is my paper under review (or similar) for too long and if yes, how should I react?

I submitted a paper to a journal, and I suspect that it is handled too slowly. How can I decide whether my suspicion is correct? What handling times should I expect? Given some expected handling ...
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Why call it a “major” revision if the suggested changes are seemingly minor?

I recently got a major revision from an applied math journal. However the only change the reviewer has asked is to put a remark on some theorem in the paper (why the specified theorem will not work ...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

I have been asked by a well-established professor to review a regular paper submitted to IEEE Transactions, however, I am concerned as in the email, he titled me "Dr. Monkia" although I am still being ...
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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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Why do some journal proofs insert dozens of typesetting mistakes? [on hold]

Why do some journals change the final software and do not provide a template for the final draft(e.g. contains the same font as in the gallery proof)? I often hear that some of my colleagues get ...
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Referee recommends paper rejection with no further comment - how to react?

I submitted a paper to a journal, after 2 months and some days of review I get a rejection with a referee report "I find the paper not suitable for the journal", without any further comments and ...
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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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Acceptance to online publication – Why is everybody I know faster than average?

I recently attended an editiorial panel at a conference where editors of several journals in my field advertised their journals and to this purpose listed, amongst others, the time difference between ...
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Cover letter for journal submission (math)

I'm preparing to submit a math paper to a good general-interest journal. The page asks for a cover letter. What should this include, beyond "here's a paper for consideration"? Should there be, for ...
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What does “ADM” stand for on an article submission information page?

On the information page of my article submission, there's a column titled "ADM", listing the name of two persons that I can email. What does this stand for?
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What does “Awaiting Reviewer Scores” mean within the context of a ScholarOne submission system?

I submitted a paper to a Taylor and Francis journal that uses the ScholarOne submission system. The manuscript status has changed from "Under Review" to "Awaiting Reviewer Scores". What does this ...
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Should I contact the editor-in-chief about a senior editor's lack of communication?

I submitted a paper to the top journal in my field. The journal's home page sets 120 days for a decision as a goal. Recent stats suggest 60 days to initial decision is more typical. It has now been ...
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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 can one prevent a co-author from publishing without consent?

I have been reading about several cases in which a co-author submitted a paper without the consent of another author (for example in What to do after I was named as co-author on a paper, without my ...
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Is it okay to submit the revised manuscript well before the due date?

Recently I received comments from two reviewers on my submitted manuscript as major revision. Both the reviewers have given a few major comments along with some minor comments. The major comments are ...
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Paper getting rejected from many journals after no proper review - What could be the problem?

It has been approximately 2 years that we are trying to a push a paper(CS) to get it published. We think, the work is/was a novel that focused on the development of a new dynamic system that works ...
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Given a “Date Revision Due” for revised submission of a journal paper, am I required to submit before the beginning or the end of that date?

I am submitting a revised manuscript to an Elsevier journal. However, English is my second language and I am confused about the meaning of "Date Revision Due"! The journal editorial system indicates ...
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Is it okay to ask a journal for review reports as they are available?

The typical review time for a 1st decision in my field is 4-6 weeks. It has been nearly 12 weeks since initial submission of a piece of work by a student who just graduated and will leave the lab in ...
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Why do reviewers need to be selected again for a revised paper?

I submitted a paper to a marketing journal and the reviewers recommended a major revision and a minor revision. I had to shorten the text and get professional help for proofreading. I addressed the ...
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Adding a citation after paper is accepted

I am a junior researcher in mathematics. I worked simultaneously on proving Theorem A and Theorem B. They both generalize Theorem X in two different directions. Theorem X was proved several years ago (...
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Why should a paper be reviewed by more than ten reviewers?

One of our recent submission has been suggested to be revised by a journal (CS). However, we could not at first believe that we have to address the comments or points raised by 11 reviewers plus the ...
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Do editors know how many papers I am refereeing on the same platform?

I have very recently returned two referee reports for two different Elsevier journals. Within two days, I have received two new requests from the exact same two journals (but from different editors). ...
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Journal requests reviewers' comments from previous submission to other journals

Someone I know is submitting her work to a scientific journal. As part of the submission process she is requested to include in the cover letter the reviewers' comments, should the manuscript had ...
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“Awaiting AE recommendation” before first notification of acceptance or rejection

What does "Awaiting AE recommendation" mean for the first notification (not after revision)? I sent my paper to an IEEE Transactions journal and I am waiting for the first notification and the status ...
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What do “AE”, “EO”, and “PROD” stand for in a journal submission system? [closed]

What do "AE", "EO", "PROD" stand for in the manuscript status in journal submission systems like ScholarOne?
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Submit a comment or reply to own research paper?

I would like to know if it is possible to write and submit a comment/reply to an article that has been published earlier (by oneself). This is because there are new results that underline the findings ...
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Why do potential reviewers take a lot of time to reject the request for review? [closed]

I understand that reviewers are quite busy and have not only a single paper to review. But, no matter how busy someone is, it should not take more than 2 minutes to reject a review request. How did I ...
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Decision pending for more than 15 days

I have submitted my paper in one of the Elsevier journals. It was under review, and now it is decision pending for more than 15 days. Does it mean that the paper will be rejected?
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Can I ask the journal to publish my paper in a later issue?

Say I have submitted a paper, it got accepted, but for whatever reason I would like to publish this not in the next issue, but in a future issue. Could I ask the publisher to do this, or would this ...
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When to assume the submitted paper has been withdrawn formally (Springer)?

We had submitted a manuscript in September 2016. Till now the paper remains with the editor showing status "With Editor". After several reminders, we could not get any reply from the journal side. ...
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Is there a programmatic way to check that a journal submission follows a style guideline?

Does anyone know of a programmatic way to check if an article submission matches a style guideline? Submitters are likely to be humanists, so LaTeX is not an option. Assume the journal has a Word ...
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Is it common to be given 6 months for a minor revision outcome?

I received a paper back with a verdict of minor revisions on August 30th. Both the letter from the editor and the scholarone submission system states 'minor-revision.' I've read the reviewers' ...
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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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How to diagnose problems in a paper rejected in pre-review?

Two weeks after sending my manuscript to a journal, it was rejected in the pre-review stage and hence, there were no comments from reviewers about problems with the paper. Can poor scientific writing ...
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Elsevier Computers and Security “With Editor” status just after 12 hours - what does it mean?

I am new to journal submissions. I have been working as a research assistant at the University in Sweden for 3 months. Yesterday, at 5:00pm I submitted a paper to Elsevier's Computers & Security. ...
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Is it possible to change something on a research paper between the period of acceptance and publishing?

My paper was accepted in peer reviewed journal last week and is about to be publishing. Last night I thought the solution makes better sense if I change the definition of one of the variables. This is ...
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Does a reviewer get to know comments from previous reviewers?

Most journals during second revision try to send the articles to reviewers who had reviewed the article before. But, if in case one such reviewer responds with a message that he cannot review the ...
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What is “teaser image”?

What is "teaser image"? It is asked by a journal in a revision request. The only info that I was able to find is at this link: Please identify a teaser image from your manuscript that may be used ...
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What does the typesetting process for a math/science journal using LaTeX look like?

Hopefully this question isn't too broad. Following up on https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/99123/what-software-do-publishers-use and Elsevier production team messed up my paper. What should I do?...
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Is it appropriate to contact a journal about grammatically erroneous editing?

Recently, I submitted a paper to a maths journal (which is a decent journal with a solid editorial board). It was eventually accepted after making some revisions suggested by the referees, at which ...
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“Awaiting EO Processing” for 2 weeks after submission. Should I contact?

I recently submitted an article to a relatively well-known academic journal in information system. The journal uses ScholarOne. After the initial submission, the status of my article has been shown ...
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Do researchers at schools that publish good journals get priority in publishing in those journals?

Take mathematics, for an example. Do Princeton math professors get any sort of priority / preferential treatment in publishing in the Annals? Do Duke math professors get any priority in publishing ...
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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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Please ensure that you refer to Figure 3 in your text as, if accepted, production will need this reference to link the reader to the figure [closed]

I have submitted revisions to a journal. The editor asked that: Please ensure that you refer to Figure 3 in your text as, if accepted, production will need this reference to link the reader to ...