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Questions tagged [journals]

Online or printed academic periodicals in specific subjects to which the research papers in various topics are sent by the authors and are published after being reviewed and accepted by the editorial board.

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Is it appropriate if my former advisor is editor of a journal I submit to?

I am a young postdoc. I am considering submitting a single-authored paper in a journal. My former advisor is member of the editorial board. Would this be appropriate? Obviously she cannot be the ...
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Can I resubmit a paper published in a low-ranked journal? [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript to a journal (Q4), according to SCIMAGO ranking and unfortunately it got published. I say "Unfortunately" because I think it should be submitted to a better journal. Now, is ...
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Journal misattributes cover image and only offers correction. Is this normal?

My PI was guest-editing a (weak) special issue for a respectable Wiley journal. He asked me if I had "cool cover images" relevant to the subject matter. Indeed I did; I had had acquired them on my own ...
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Is a request to publish an article in Research Features scam or a real thing?

I regularly receive emails from Open Access predatory journals or conferences asking me to publish an article or attend some kind of conference somewhere. Usually, those emails are easy to identify. ...
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What are omics journals?

My supervisor asked me to do a survey from -omics journals. I am however unsure as to what he means by -omics journals because a google search only gives me information about the predatory publishing ...
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Why do academics perform review for free? [duplicate]

Most of the work involved in producing a journal is done by people paid at rates higher than most academics, but the those with the rarest skills, those able to review specific scientific articles, ...
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How do I handle plagiarism professionally and emotionally?

So I have been trying to get an article accepted since 2016. It is an article dedicated to a machine learning based prediction of a biological dataset. It was rejected 4 times. Today, on searching, I ...
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Publishing a paper - not enrolled in university [duplicate]

I've never delved deeper into this but I'm still curious: do I need to be enrolled in a PhD to publish scientific papers? I have a MSc but I regularly read research papers of not-so-great-a-quality ...
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“Computers & Security” journal latex template? [closed]

The following links explains the "Guide for Authors" for the "Computers & Security" journal: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/computers-and-security/0167-4048/guide-for-authors However, I ...
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Possibility of guessing acceptance rate of a journal using its impact factor?

Usually for the journals we have impact factor and for the conferences we have acceptance rate. Now, is it possible to guess the acceptance rate of a journal using its impact factor ? For example, ...
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How should journal indices be interpreted? [closed]

Just wondering: I read the words ‘mediocre journal’ several times by now. When selecting journals I see different types of indices. Sometimes journals have for example higher SJR-scores and lower H-...
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Do proofs count as post-prints for sharing purposes?

Some journals allow post-prints to be shared, but not the publisher's version. In these cases, can I share those proofs that are generated before the paper is published? They are not the final version ...
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Does the academic community perceive letters and short articles differently from longer articles?

There are some journals that accept short articles of 2 to 4 pages. I have submitted (and had accepted) such a letter (Cannot specifically name the letter) which is 2 pages in length but it is a SCI-...
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Are rejections usually quick for papers submitted to journals?

When submitting papers to journals, I understand from experience that acceptance can take quite some time (on the order of several months), even when a reviewer is immediately assigned to the paper. ...
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Are translators of mathematical texts into English in demand?

Are translators of mathematical texts (books or articles or whatever) from a foreign language into English in demand today? Specifically, I'm interested in German and Russian. If they are, then what ...
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Selecting a journal for a review: Generalist or specilized journal? [closed]

I am writing a review about statistical methods used in community ecology and I have to submit it to a peer-reviewed journal. This is my first publication and I really don't know which journal to ...
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Can I publish a survey as an academic article?

I am about to run a survey on large number of engineers in a specific field and ask them about a few specific methods they use for in their industry/research. Like: Are you a researcher/engineer/...
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Preserving ownership of authorship in the period after leaving a position and before journal submission

Background: I am currently working on a paper as a first author with 3 other members. My tenure with the research institute ends on the end of this month and I have no intention to continue any ...
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Publishing something in incremental way or as a single paper by waiting for more time?

I am currently a post-doc student in computer science. I have worked on one research problem and have got small results. I am doing this work independently so my current supervisor is not giving any ...
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All Reviewers Assigned : Nature Communications revised manuscript: What does it means? [duplicate]

I have a revised manuscript which I submitted to Nature Communications. The status of the manuscript says 'Reviewers Assigned' for about 24 days. What does it mean? Is it under review by the reviewers?...
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Applied clinical research clinical trials and regulatory affairs [duplicate]

Is this journal a legitimate one with impact factor or is it a fraud?
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What is SciPost?

The SciPost seems to be a new publishing platform with rather unusual peer review procedure -- fully open. It means that names of authors/editors/referees are known to the public at any stage. My ...
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Is it necessary to add experiment to my designed framework for a journal

I'm working a framework X and trying to publish it in IEEE Communication Magazine. But, due to its limitation on the number of text and figures, I wonder it is necessary to add any experiment or proof-...
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Manuscript transferred from editor to editor [duplicate]

I recently submitted a manuscript for publication, and soon after received a message saying that it was "with Editor". A few days later, I received a message saying it was "transferred to Associate ...
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What does a managing editor do in scientific journal editorial board?

I need to contact the editorial board of a journal I recently submitted an article to about an issue, and I am having some thoughts as to who would be the appropriate person to contact. I know that ...
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Is it legal/possible to apply for a patent based on an already published/submitted journal article?

I want to apply for two patents. The first one is based on a journal article (obviously written by me) which is published a few months before. My first question is: Is it legal/possible to apply for ...
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Do I need to translate Works Cited at the end? [duplicate]

I am translating an academic paper to English. However, most of the sources cited at the end, are in other languages (e.g. Russian). Do I need to translate the list of references into English as well?
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Which approach is better for publishing in good journals?

I am a second year PhD student. At the end of my first year, we (with my supervisor) have prepared a paper which he advised to submit to a leading journal. I was a little bit skeptical about the ...
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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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Publishing in Open Access journals [closed]

I heard somewhere that publishing in open access (OA) journals is not a good strategy and such papers may be less valuable (specially for who want to apply for a PhD program in EU and North America)! ...
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What is the difference between this “book” and a research paper?

I don't know a lot about the scientific research and its concepts. What is the difference between this book and any research paper? From my understanding of the research world, I know that link....
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Reviewing experiences effects on applying process

Can reviewing experiences for top notch journals in a specific field be considered as a distinguishing and effective factor for the applying process? I've read somewhere that having a fertile record ...
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Major Revision on Experiment Conducted

Context: A paper has been conditionally accepted (subject to my major revision). Main issues that have been raised by two reviewers are: The author should compare the testing times of different ...
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Publish a significant but brief improvement of a Mathematics paper

I am a PhD student and I started studying a recent article of my advisor. During the study, I realized that some of the reasonings and results used in the article could be considerably improved. ...
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Is it unethical to access journal articles from Torrent websites? [duplicate]

Getting access to journal articles can be quite expensive, in particular for those not affiliated with some University (even then, it's still expensive, it's just the uni paying the cost...). A ...
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Translate articles and submit them in other journals

May I do the following? I have published some academic papers in my mother tongue language in not well known academic journals of my country. Can I translate these papers into English and submit them ...
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What is special about the MDPI special issues?

This question is related to this question, but specifically regards the special issues by MDPI. They seem to have a quite high number of special issues for every journal per year and as far as I ...
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Is this journal a scam: Requires payment, invited to submit via email, no comments from reviewers, journal not listed on scimagojr rankings

After having presented a paper of mine at a conference last summer, I received an email from someone claiming to be part of an editorial team of a journal, to whom my paper was recommended. I sent my ...
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What to do when the tools I am supposed to compare my work with are no longer maintained and functional?

Recently I got a review asking me to compare my work with a few more works in the same domain. Now in my work, I developed a tool, and have made it publicly available. I have been asked by the ...
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Should I mention my university name when publishing a paper if I'm tenured teacher but not researcher?

I'm teacher in a French university (I don't know if the right english term is 'tenured', I mean I'm hired permanently in this university, not temporarily), but I don't have any research role and I'm ...
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Will journals care if I post a “collected works” on my homepage?

I am considering posting a "collected works" which incorporates all of my papers (up to this point) on a particular subject. This way, someone new to my work can get it all in one document. I plan to ...
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Associate Editorship in a high-impact journal

Is an Associate Editorship in a good journal a very busy position? Should junior faculties at the very early stage (i.e. at the time of joining the department as a faculty) put an effort of being an ...
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Can PhD Thesis be converted into Three IEEE Journal Papers (same as they are in Thesis)?

The students of the laboratory in which I worked for follows the below rule: 1) In four to five years, they publish three-four IEEE papers. 2) Merge all those papers into a single document and ...
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Can nice pictures be a deciding factor?

Let's say Paper A was recently accepted by a fairly prestigious journal (the top in my subfield). Now, there is a new Paper B, half of which gives a more detailed description of an object in Paper A ...
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Shoud I accept an offer as editor of a journal as an undergraduate?

I’ve recently received an offer from a reputable (but not top-tier) journal in my field asking if I would like to serve on the editorial board. I believe they reached out to me based on my ...
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Journal review failure

I submitted a review paper to a well-regarded A* journal 9 months ago. After about 6 weeks, I received a request for revisions. The email contained general comments from 3 reviewers and an attached ...
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Can a student write their undergraduate thesis on the main result of a paper under review for a journal?

I think it's fairly common practice to isolate some parts of a thesis, if interesting enough, and publish them as a paper after properly changing structure and style. Is the opposite possible, if ...
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Are there journals in science communication (STEM field) that allow technical notes? [closed]

I've written a small piece of software which allows users to gain easy access to nice visualization of computed chemical reactions. It's great having such videos in a presentation in a professional ...
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How often do publishers change/tweak articles to achieve visually appealing results?

When reading this question it seems the theoretical answer is that LaTeX is not perfect and manual/human intervention is required. In the TeX Book Knuth says: But the problem of page make-up is ...
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Why do journals reformat your submissions?

When submitting to (computer science) conferences, you usually have full control over the layout and are able to submit a camera-ready version that will be published as submitted. For journals, ...