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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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Is the journal indexing by SCOPUS meaningless? [closed]

A journal that I want to submit my manuscript is SCOPUS and WoS indexed (Q3, impact factor: 1.89, SJR 0.264, Fee: around 1000$). But my Professor said SCOPUS indexed journals are MEANINGLESS!(two ...
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What care do reviewers take when writing a review for a published paper in mathematics? [closed]

Question is as in the title: What care do reviewers take when writing a review for a published paper in mathematics? I have seen some reviews from MathSciNet. These reviews slightly overlap with ...
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Is it a requirement that at least one of the authors of a paper holds a PhD?

The editor of a journal asked me “Please confirm the title of XXX XX, Mr. or Dr.?” His title is Mr., as the manuscript was written by two students alone, without a supervisor or anyone with the title ...
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Decision to peer-review a paper by author who does not believe in acknowledging reviewers

I have been asked to peer-review a manuscript for journal X (field of psychology). I recognised the author name as someone I've reviewed a past paper for last year, in journal Y. The topic of his ...
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Should I submit a major revision if it seems that AE has the intent to reject?

A few months ago, I submitted a paper to the top journal in my field. I just received a major revision decision. There was an enormous amount of comments from the four reviewers on many different ...
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What to do immediately after informing the journal's managing editor that you are withdrawing your paper submission in their journal?

After waiting for 7 months (and counting), I decided to withdraw my paper submission to a particular journal. The reasons are as follows: The review decision for a particular paper is to be made ...
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Is it a normal process if all changes by “Track Change” function in Word of my revised manuscript are visible after being built in Elsevier?

I got a revision reply and the editor wanted me to use "track change" in Word to do changes in manuscript. I completed the revision for manuscript and responses to reviewers file. I re-submitted and ...
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Unclear referee's message

I receive a message from a referee, but I didn't understand what was required of me exactly. The message is: please check again the typeset text of these lines What kind of error do they refer to?
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When you are doing a second round review, do you read other reviewers' comments? Why?

When you are doing a second round review, do you read other reviewers' comments? Why? It seems to me that all I need to do is seeing whether the author/s satisfied my comments and whether I find any ...
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Adding relevant example in later draft

I am currently reviewing a paper for a conference, where the authors present a new method to study a class of physical systems. While the main ideas are general, their formulation specifically ...
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Reusing previous review for similar paper

Some months ago, I reviewed a paper for a conference (with a joint submission to a journal). I rejected the paper with a list of points that were missing and suggestions for improving the manuscript. ...
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How does the COVID-19 crisis affect durations of peer review and editorial handling?

One question we often get on this site in one form or the other is: Is my paper under review (or similar) for too long and if yes, how should I react? Now, suppose I have gone through all the steps to ...
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What is meant by real-world scenario in research papers? [closed]

I'm asked by a reviewer to extend my manuscript (which is about cognitive radio network) to include one real-world network scenario. The exact words are: "The authors should augment the paper with ...
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Does papers under review/revision has any value for faculty application in mathematics?

Does papers under review/revision has any value for faculty application in mathematics ? In detail, when reviewing faculty application does the committee checks the content of the papers or just ...
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Are there any automated ways of getting PDF annotations into Word or LaTeX source code? [closed]

With my previous two submissions to Elsevier journals, I have received reviews from 5 and 4 reviewers respectively. This results in a large number of comments that needs to be addressed. Some of the ...
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Paper accepted subject to minor changes – should I comply if I do not consider them minor?

My paper met acceptance (through email notification from editor) with one reviewer requiring a minor change which is not minor according to my perception and would revise all my figures and results. ...
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Criticism by referee [closed]

I got a report on one of my papers recently, in which the referee claimed my results were "natural". This was one of their primary reasons for rejecting my paper. I agree the proofs are not ...
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When should one go for a double blind peer review?

Field of interest: Astronomy and Astrophysics (please do share your knowledge and experiences for other fields as well) Many journals allow the author to request for a double blind peer review. When ...
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How can publishers justify author fees for open access journals? [closed]

The context for my question is that I recently discovered a new journal called Experimental Results, published by Cambridge University Press. Their mission, as stated on their website, is: ...
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Referee wants me to add a plot – because the paper has none

Referee comments for my paper have just arrived: while one makes some circumstantial and useful observations, the other asks me to add a plot: The paper still does not contain a single plot. I ...
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Ethical concerns regarding the review of a paper on autonomous armed drones

I would like your suggestion on a delicate matter involving a paper that I am reviewing. I will avoid giving too many details to preserve anonymity. In this article the authors describe an algorithm ...
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How to respond to receiving a duplicate list of corrections

Two weeks ago I have done and I have submitted the corrections that a journal had asked me to do, but today thay asked me to do the same corrections. I am looking for a good letter cover to let them ...
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How to proceed when one peer reviewer gives a much lower score than the others but provides no negative feedback?

I have received peer reviews for an academic proposal for a project. Three reviewers (A,B and C) submitted sets of observations and scores for three criteria/sections of the evaluation. Reviewers A ...
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Is it normal for an Associate Editor to keep the paper for over a month after the reviews are done?

I have submitted a paper to IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting on September 12th and after about 4 months the status changed from "Awaiting Reviewer Scores" to "Awaiting AE Decision". However, it's ...
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How to stop being obsessed with manuscripts status [closed]

I have two manuscripts with status under review (and a third with ``ready for decision" status). I can't stop refreshing the journals homepage especially the one in the decision status. I know there ...
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Are summarized reviewer comments a thing?

I recently got a rejection from an Elsevier journal. What struck me as odd was that each reviewer comment was three sentences each. To me they look clearly summarized, possibly by the editor. This is ...
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Weird changes to status of paper

Last november I submitted a paper to a journal. I have been tracking the status of the review rather regularly (quite obsessively actually) and I have noticed that 3 weeks ago it went from awaiting AE ...
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How to address an Editor if I have new proof techniques of old results?

I read an article published in a High Impact Factor journal and on reading I find that almost all of the proofs could have been done in an easy way. I devised easy techniques myself and I find that ...
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What are the publication options for academic contributions that don't lend themselves to a journal article?

What are the publication options for academic contributions that don't lend themselves to the journal article format? In the case of datasets, there are some suggestions here, but I'm also wondering ...
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What is a systematic review? [duplicate]

Let us say that you are working on a review in order to investigate some research question and you decided to cover all literature written at specific period. However, for some reasons, you cannot ...
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Does Iran's sanction play a pivotal role in rejecting papers from a journal?

After 1.5 years of hard work on a project, my former supervisor sent our paper to a journal. After about 10 hours, they sent the following response: After careful internal editorial consideration ...
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Peer review prior to beginning a study?

In scientific research there are a number of problems today: Studies that aren't reproducible. Studies and papers that are criticized for their methods, conclusions, or bias. Industry-funded studies ...
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Can open-source software be peer-reviewed and published?

My colleague and I have developed a software tool and intend to release it open-source. This tool is specifically for tasks in my field but we think it would be helpful for the wider community. Our ...
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How to cite (unpublished) data set during peer review?

In the move towards open science, it is becoming common practice to deposit the data accompanying a publication in a dedicated data repository. Often, authors prefer to delay the publication of the ...
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Existence of regional bias in peer review and how to deal with it

Background information: Field: Neuroscience; Country: India Premise: I am a graduate student. I have not published many articles. Over the past 5 or so years, I have been hearing from colleagues, my ...
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How to politely explain editor is wrong

We have a paper that is a second round R&R at a Journal that is a cognate field which is less technical than ours. The editor has been extremely conscientious and supportive through the process, ...
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Received an incorrect review from a conference (a review for a different paper). What should I do?

I've submitted a paper to a computer vision conference (a top one), and recently recieved reviews from the reviewers. An issue was that one of the reviewers provided an incorrect review (i.e., a ...
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How long does it take for the final editorial decision for an article? [duplicate]

My case can be explained as below: Day 1: first submission Day 60: I got the first decision suggesting revision. The 3 reviewer’s comments were positive and 2 of them asked to make some minor changes ...
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I have submitted a manuscript by ScholarOne a month and a half ago [duplicate]

Since then, the status is "Under Review", no changes. I would like to know if it is already with reviewers (peer review) or can still be rejected by the editor (desk reject)? Thank you for your help.
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What should I do if I am asked to review a paper that should have been reviewed by an ethics committee, but was not?

What should I do if I am asked to review a paper that should have been reviewed by an ethics committee, but was not? Assuming the paper is missing the statement that it was reviewed, and the paper ...
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Can a published well-received research paper contain misprints?

I have been reading a research paper for my university course. The paper is the PhD thesis of a student of Berkeley mentored by a reputed engineer. I strongly feel that an expression mentioned in the ...
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Extent of “unscientific” or wrong papers in research mathematics [closed]

Kevin Buzzard's slides (PDF version) at a recent conference have really unsettled me. In it, he mentions several examples in what one would imagine as very rigorous areas (e.g., algebraic geometry) ...
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Editor rejected paper because of insufficient reviews

I received a decision notice on a paper this morning. Reviewer 1 gave a positive review, suggesting relatively minor cosmetic adjustments, etc. However, the editor was apparently unable to obtain a ...
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ScholarOne manuscript (Taylor and Francis): what the status under review mean? [duplicate]

I have submitted one month ago a manuscript, and since then the status is under review. I would like to know if it is already with reviewers.
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Review process of revised journal paper

A few months ago, I was asked to review a paper. The result of the review process was a "Revise". So now I was asked again to read the revised version of the paper. But now I can only select "Accept ...
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Time for journal reviewing / referring in mathematics - Is there a recent study?

In the question: Lengths of review process of mathematical journals a nice question was asked and answered: how to compare journals in terms of time for the review processing. The article cited in the ...
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Under peer review

Hi I have a paper submitted to a journal. The manuscript has been under review for 2 years now. I made 2 attempts at contact with one of the editors at separate times last year but with no success at ...
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Seemingly-irrelevant papers, all with author in common, suggested by reviewer

I recently received a decision letter calling for minor revisions prior to acceptance. One anonymous reviewer was extremely knowledgeable and provided many helpful suggestions to better explain and ...
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Why do some authors seem to ignore reviewer comments? [closed]

For example a review might say: This paper is acceptable if the following comments are addressed: In section two, change "this is a topy" into "this is a typo" Instead of writing "Log" ...
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Receiving a reviewer comments of the wrong paper from editor

I have received a revesion in which one reviewer comments is related to my paper but the other reviewer comment is not related it is may be mistakenly copy other paper coments. What can i do now? Is ...

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