Questions tagged [peer-review]

On the evaluation of work (typically, a publication or grant proposal) by the author's peers. This includes: refereeing, which is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication in a journal or conference; peer evaluation of teaching skills; peer review of research grant proposals; and post-publication review of a book or article, as is common in the field of mathematics.

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Inability to review a conference paper

I am reviewing a paper for a conference. The paper contains a lot of work, and from a high-level perspective seems good. But when I go into detail I can't actually parse the paper. I don't understand ...
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What to do about a dubious competing publication in the same journal I'm submitting to?

Before submitting my predictions paper, I spotted a paper with alternative methods for the same predictions. It appeared two weeks ago online-first in the same journal I'm submitting to. Digging into ...
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What does the following editor response mean in Physical Review journal? Major revision or minor revision?

After the third round review of my paper, I receive the following letter from the editor of physical review journal (not PRL) The above manuscript has been reviewed by one of our referees. Comments ...
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Why are peer reviewers kept anonymous? [duplicate]

I have been trying to learn about academic publishing over the last few days, and someone showed me to a blog post that I can no longer find (and it's driving me insane, so if anyone can find it, ...
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Has there ever been a discussion about the nationalization of academic publishing?

I have read a few articles in the last couple days about several problems with academic publishing. To me, the primary critique is that oftentimes, research is funded with public money, in public ...
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what does the following message means in the tracking system physical review B [duplicate]

My paper gets into the second round of review for Physical Review B. Currently, there is a column in the tracking system as following 13Jun22 13Jun22 Reminder to referee; response received What does ...
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Why did I only receive reviews from reviewers 3 and 4?

I have recently received reviews for my manuscript from Elsevier. There are comments from Reviewer #3 and Reviewer #4 only, does that mean reviewer 1 and 2 rejected the article??
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Manuscript status changed to under review within 24 hours of submission [duplicate]

We recently submitted to a journal via the scholarone manuscript Central system. I noticed that within less than 24 hours of submission the status changed to under review with an EA assigned, the name ...
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What should be done if a paper's decision is accept, but the copyeditor identifies a potential technical issue?

This question has been in the back of my mind since it happened many years ago. A paper was submitted to a not-very-good journal, and the process was: Paper shown to editorial board member, who says ...
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What is the difference between Abstract and Author Summary?

What is the difference between "Abstract" and "Author Summary"? Example: OpenAWSEM with Open3SPN2: A fast, flexible, and accessible framework for large-scale coarse-grained ...
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How many [conceptual] sections should an "Introduction" contain? [closed]

How many [conceptual] sections should an "Introduction" contain? I need to know this so that I can better arrange the Introduction section of my paper.
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Peer-review duration and journal quartiles

Does the journal's quartile have anything to do with the peer-review duration? While reading papers in my discipline, which is Mathematics, I found out that often Q1 ranked journals take about a year, ...
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Similarity index software for research proposals [duplicate]

There are some software which are checking similarity. For a research proposal when we express a statement in the literature review section with citing to its reference (source), is it counted as ...
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Should I contact journal editor?

I submitted an article to a journal last year in July. It took some months for it to be processed and peer reviewer to be assigned. I received the first decision in March (major revisions). The ...
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As an editor, what to do when a referee recommends citing their own papers?

Occasionally it happens that a referee suggests citing their own papers in a review. This may be a problematic practice, since there is a thin line between appropriate and inappropriate ...
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Submitted paper to journal, one referee report OK, other terrible and IMHO ignorant, wrong. How do I proceed?

One referee report is awful. Comments are basically two types: Please re-invent the wheel and write a primer to the whole field. Must supply more basic background to the field (analogy: paper is ...
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Are all graduate Guaranteed Admission Programs the same?

I've been researching the various GAPs, Early Assurance Progs, etc. There is enough overview information on applying and the requirements, but what happens after a student is accepted into the program?...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Time commitment to review very long article

I've been asked to review an 80 page article (63 pages + 15 page appendix, it's computer science). I've already sunk a lot of time into this, and am maybe 2/3rds of the way through. Luckily, it is a ...
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I just got invited to referee an article! Is it OK to share this achievement on social media?

I am very proud of this achievement and I am thinking about sharing the email to social media. Is it okay to post it as long as I remove confidential information, e.g. manuscript id, title, author? ...
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Why is the Editor behaving so rudely to me? [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper to an SCI index journal on Jan 15, 2020. After writing to the handling editor a couple of times, they said that the paper was under review. On Dec 10 2021, I received an email ...
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How to protect ourselves from predatory reviewers?

When authors submit paper to a journal, the paper will go through the peer review process. When a reviewer accepts to review a paper, the reviewer is then given the power to delay the publication of ...
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What are pros and cons for paid peer review? [closed]

I think in the current system the reviewers are not properly rewarded. Yes there are outstanding reviewers awards (even gift cards), but that's only a small fraction of reviewers, and the majority of ...
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Should new researchers volunteer to review conference papers?

I am a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Information Systems, and I have never published a paper before. I am planning to submit a paper to a conference, and the conference specifically ...
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Is it normal for a reviewer to comment about suitability for publication after addressing their comments?

I have a paper submission that now is going through the second round of revisions. Reviewer #1 suggested publishing after some minor changes, while reviewer #2 has been more critical of the piece. ...
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How long does it usually take for journals to resolve 'expressions of concern'?

The 'expression of concern' in question is this one. It says: The journal and publisher have been alerted to concerns about this article, and an investigation is in progress. In the interim, we alert ...
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Should I send an email to the journal to ask about a submission 4 months ago? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript in December, and it was assigned to an editor in March. It went under review and one reviewer report was ready in late March. I have been waiting for the last two months for ...
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How to improve quality of figures after reviewers have mentioned it? [closed]

The paper we are working on was accepted and we got a comment saying "Quality of Figures could be improved". All the figures that are given have been exported from matplotlib and have all ...
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Conference optionally requests prior versions and reviews - should I submit this info?

Besides the anonymized manuscript of the paper, a conference in my field (HCI) "highly encourages" to also submit the venue and ID where the paper was previously submitted (and rejected) a ...
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Should I tell the editor I'm declining a review invitation because the authors are hostile about feedback?

I have been invited to review a paper for a good journal. The paper is certainly on my expertise areas. However, I have reviewed papers for the same authors in the past (and accepted some/most of them)...
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Chance of publication in top combinatorics journals after complicated submission history

(First appeared in Mathoverflow) In May 2020, I submitted a paper to a notable Combinatorics journal where a couple of earlier papers in the topic of my paper had been published. It was one of my ...
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Wiley journal submission status question - "Pending editor assignment" [duplicate]

I have recently submitted a manuscript to a Wiley journal. I submitted it approximately 11 days ago. From then until now, my manuscript status was as follows: Undergoing initial checking Awaiting ...
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Article review: to decline or not decline

I've been invited to review a paper for Frontiers. I don't particularly like to review for them for several reasons not too relevant for this particular Q, but just to illustrate my baseline level ...
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Should I review papers according to my conviction about correct methodology or according to the usual methodology applied in published papers?

If you disagree with most of the research community about some methodological questions**, how should you act as a reviewer of a paper? Should you review as most reviewers would? Or should you follow ...
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How should I balance two very conflicting peer reviews on a manuscript? [duplicate]

I received reviews for a manuscript that are very conflicting, and I am not sure how best to proceed. One reviewer states the paper is a great contribution to the field, good length, provides some ...
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What to do if a reviewer's question is nonsense

I have received a reviewer comment that is not understandable. Specifically, the comment asks that I show that X is true, but I never mention X in the whole paper and X is not even related to my work. ...
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Why did the status of my paper change from "awaiting reviewer scores" back to "under review"? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal that uses the ScholarOne submission system. The manuscript status has changed from "awaiting reviewer scores" back to "under review". What does ...
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What is the difference between Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation and Awaiting Reviewer Invitation? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and the status changed from Awaiting Reviewer Selection to Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation. It has been 1.5 months with no change in status. I'm curious if we are ...
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Is scientific progress hindered by page limit and page format? [closed]

There is a trend in STEM: things get more and more complicated over time. There seems to be two things that are not matching up with the pace of our time: page limit, and page format. Page limit: for ...
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Conflict of interest for phd external review

If an external reviewer is invited to review phd thesis, will it be considered as (conflict of interest) if the reviewer was previously the applicant bachelor thesis supervisor?
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Is requesting to change US units to SI units reasonable?

A paper I am reviewing very clearly originates from the US. The authors don't use SI units. As a European, I am always put off by non-metric units and I would like to request to change the units to SI ...
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Is it unethical to submit a research paper to a second journal when the original journal appears to be ignoring it?

I submitted my work to journal X almost a year ago; the status of the paper remained "Assigned to Reviewers" for a long time, and despite repeated emails, no one from the editorial board ...
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Should PhD students tell their supervisor about the paper they review?

I am a PhD student and have recently accepted a review request from a (quite prestigious) journal. I wonder whether I should tell this to my supervisor. Of course, the benefit of telling them is that ...
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Results that are too good to be true - peer review

So, I'm reviewing a medical study (open-label trial) that compares the efficacy of different drug doses on a patient population (heart failure). The study is arguably of low-quality, compared to the ...
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How many days reviewers get to review minor revisions?

I sent my research work to an sci indexed journal. However, it was under review for 5 months.. So we sent query to the editor. After sending the query, the reviewers' comments came just within 4 days ...
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example of department letter in support of waiving article processing charges

Looking for examples/ drafts of letters from department head in support for waiving/ getting discount on article processing charges. The journal is asking for such a letter stating that there is no ...
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The status of my manuscript changed from Undergoing Initial Checking to Under review but the ED: not assigned? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to one of the weliy journals. The status was “Undergoing Initial Checking” on Scholarone system. After 3 days, the status changed to “Under Review” along with "Ed: not ...
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Can a paper be rejected for not using western blot? [closed]

I'm going to be brief with this post. We have submitted a paper to journal x. We had two reviewers. Both had comments which we addressed in our response letter. Reviewer 1 endorsed the paper. However, ...
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Is it fine for an author to ask the editor to disclose the name of an anonymous peer-reviewer if the review was exceptionally helpful?

I teach a seminar where I organize an anonymous peer review procedure among the students. One of my students gave another colleague an exceptionally helpful feedback. The recipient was so grateful and ...
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Is it a conflict of interest if I review a conference submission of my former colleague?

I have recently accepted an invitation for reviewership. I was asked to review a paper submitted to a well-known conference. Because of my carelessness (or laxness, if you will), I didn't realize that ...
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