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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 ...

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Do author name(s) dominate the content of the paper?

Suppose I did not publish any papers till now in reputed journals and I want to publish a paper with a novel idea. Colleagues are suggesting me to ask any expert to proofread the paper and then to ...
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How to communicate with reviewer who has waived his anonymity?

(Within the standard review process) I received review comments on a paper, one of the reviewers, say A, waived his anonymity in the review submitted to the journal (I know A personally). Now, A made ...
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Why is peer review so random?

8 Scientific Papers That Were Rejected Before Going on to Win a Nobel Prize Funding Analysis: Researchers Say NIH Grant Funding Allocation Seems No Better Than Lottery The same paper resubmitted to ...
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Publishing articles in not peer-reviewed journals

There are several important journals out there that are not peer-reviewed, such as Network Security. Do such papers provide any value for the author(s), especially for whom want to apply for a PhD ...
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Is there anything that has been tried to stop publication shopping

I find it very annoying as a reviewer when I get asked to review a paper several times as it gets submitted to different journals/conferences or, worse still, I help send it to the reject pile only to ...
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fix non-significant errors in a manuscript that is not accepted and currently under review after 1st round of revision? [duplicate]

I'm in the field of Psychology. One of my manuscripts is now under review after the 1st round of revision. However, I found one of the variables was calculated in a wrong way, the results are better ...
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How to deal with insignificant work / wrong methodology in papers, when it is discussed correctly?

I had a strange situation a few months ago: I was reviewing a paper which was on an interesting problem and the authors used machine learning to solve this problem. Unfortunately, they seemed to ...
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Compressing a huge paper for a double blind review process

Continuing How to cite a technical report for a double blind review process?, how would you proceed if your paper is acutally 53 pages long, most of it occupied by mathematical proofs, but you have to ...
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How can I get an idea on relevance of my data?

I have a lot of data from my PhD, which I believe confuses my supervisor quite a lot. Therefore, he is hesitant to publish them for now. How can I get good academic feedback on this data without ...
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Is pasting an excerpt from Wikipedia in a paper without reference plagiarism?

Assume you are reviewing a paper and discover that some general definitions therein have been copied from Wikipedia without mentioning the source. Should it be considered plagiarism or can it be ...
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Contacting journal editor asking for final decision after all reviews were submitted weeks ago?

Should I email the editor of a journal to ask for a final decision on an article when I know that all reviewers' comments were submitted weeks ago? The online article submission interface shows me ...
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Do non-native English speakers appreciate it when I carefully correct their English in peer reviews?

As a native English speaker, when I review papers I sometimes carefully go through the English and list my proposed changes, which adds a fair amount of time to the review process. The most extreme ...
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Manuscript Revision: How to include the response to reviewer comments as an attached file?

I have recently received a major revision from a journal. In the manuscript upload portal, I find only one place in the form of a text box where I could include the response to reviewer comments. But ...
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Should I submit a rejected paper as it is in some other place so that publication decision comes quickly?

I am a Phd student (thesis submitted in January 2018, not defended yet) in applied mathematics. My first paper was published in February 2018 in a tier 1 applied math journal, two other papers were ...
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As a referee, is it appropiate to ask for further details on a model extracted from another work?

I'm reviewing a work in applied mathematics, and on it, the authors work on an equation that is derived from a previous work. There is a parameter that has been chosen in a way I would like to be ...
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Conflict of interest as a referee?

I am currently collaborating with three researchers on three non-overlapping and independent research projects/papers (i.e. one with each). I have been asked to review a paper for a journal, for which ...
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How to cite a technical report for a double blind review process?

Some conferences follow the double-blind review process. As such, you cannot reveal your identity to the reviewers. Further, these conferences restrict the number of pages, say to at most 8 pages. I ...
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How to reply to unprofessional negative review from a journal? [duplicate]

Some time ago I submitted a paper to a preeminent journal, and yesterday I received the review letter from the editor. The email contained reviews from two reviewers. Reviewer 1 has been very ...
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Research paper feedback: “interesting idea but does not add scientific value”

Where is the border line between a novel, creative work and work that is of scientific value? I have received reviewer comments like: the ideas are creative and interesting but work adds little ...
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Is it unfair for paper circumstances to play a role in the review of the paper? [closed]

Let me say beforehand that this question does not refer to scientific correctness and treats it as undisputed, i.e. the paper is assumed correct in the sense that it clearly states a valid purpose, ...
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Manuscript status changed from Review in progress to Ready for review [duplicate]

After two months the status of the manuscript under review changed from review in progres to ready for review. I dont understand is my paper yet to be reviewed? Dont know the workflow of River Valley ...
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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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Asked to be a reveiwer after submitting to a conference

I recently submitted a paper to a conference. Within days all of my co-authors and I received an email asking us all to select (bid for) papers in the same submission stream from the conference to ...
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Does adding professors' names in the acknowledgement section influence acceptance of a paper?

I'm working on a research paper and two well-known professors have reviewed and commented on the paper. They have also accepted that their names be mentioned in acknowledgments section. My question ...
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Is it acceptable for a referee to suggest changing “theorem” into “proposition”?

In mathematics, it is usual to call terminal results "theorems" and intermediate results "propositions" or even "lemmas" depending on importance and place in the overarching proof. Suppose that one is ...
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Comparison of current work to the state of the art in a (journal) paper

My last paper evaluations in journals (rejects/major reviews decisions) emphasized I should make more clear the novelty and strengths of my work in comparison to the state of the art. Which style is ...
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More than two weeks after submission of revised paper with “optional revision-o” in scholar one manuscripts [duplicate]

I have submitted my research paper to a journal in June 2017. The manuscript had gone through two "mandatory revisions - M". Recently I got a decision; the reviewers are recommending publication with ...
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Is it plagiarism if peer reviewers use sentences from submitted manuscripts?

I have a question about plagiarism. If a peer reviewer writes a negative review of a paper and rejects it, so that he or she can use the idea of the paper in their own work is that considered ...
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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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Why there isn't provision for writing comment on published articles like social media? [closed]

Although there is system for writing comments on an article by proper submission through editorial system. But sometime, we feel need of commenting on article like; the content is very good or content ...
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Making your code publicly available: Does it have to undergo review?

In cases when the authors would like to make their code available online after it is published, is it recommended for authors to make their code available for review when they submit technical papers ...
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When would they reject a paper in case of violating the double-blind review policy?

a month ago i submitted my paper to double-blind review conference, and their notification date is one month from now. However, i had presented the work (in an abstract way) 3 months ago in a small ...
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Copyright and Plagairism Policy for Reviewers of a Rejected Paper

I've read today a paper about my research field that seems similar to my submission (rejected) to a conference. It includes ideas, some scientific elements, and concepts but is not exactly a word-to-...
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How to react to unfair criticism to my published study?

Background Few years ago, I have published an article on a peer-reviewed internationally recognized journal. My study went through an extremely sound (blind) peer-review, which allowed me to improve ...
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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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What happens if a reviewer withdraws himself from peer review process?

I submitted my manuscript to one of the journal of frontiers groups, It has been 3 months now since the submission, in the first round of the peer review process, One reviewer gave me minor revision ...
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Ethics of/rules regarding submitting multiple presubmission inquiries

It is well-established (and typically spelled-out in journals' instructions to authors) that is unacceptable to submit a single manuscript to multiple journals for peer review simultaneously. However, ...
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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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My potential future PhD supervisor ask me to peer review a paper

I have been working for two years after my Master and I am now looking for a PhD. I got a PhD offer from one university, met the person who would supervise me and told them I am very interested, while ...
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In how many conferences should I serve as PC member?

Three months ago, I served as a PC (=Program Committee) member in a top conference in my field (CS). Now, I was offered to serve as a PC member in another top conference. Although I found this job ...
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Referee selection : Why would an editor pass up inviting the most suitable referees?

This question is related to this one, and is dual to it in some sense. Assume PIs A and B publish a few key papers in what turns out to be a new mini-area. Their work is well received, and they ...
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Is it OK to review a paper which builds on my work?

Suppose I've written a paper which someone else (who I do not know) has built on. The new work is intimately related to mine; it would not have existed without my paper. I'm now asked to review the ...
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How far should you go in compromising your work to get it published?

To get my first paper published I carefully followed all reviewers’ instructions as I was convinced that reviewers are experienced researchers and reviewers. After major revision my first paper was ...
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Removed as Co-Author for Resubmission

I was part of a university project team, and at the end of the semester we decided to submit a review paper related to the topic of our project. Our advisers gave us feedback and made suggestions on ...
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How common is it for journal to reject a solicited paper?

A guest editor at a peer-reviewed academic journal solicited me to write a paper. I initially hesitated for lack of time. But the editor's invitation was courteous. So I sent an abstract, which was ...
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Chances of getting accepted into a conference with conflicting reviews

I submitted my paper for publication in a very good computer science conference. When I got feedback for rebuttal: I had one review that said my work wasn't relavant to computer networking in any way,...
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How to handle newly discovered problems in second and third round reviews

For the first time, I had to review a revision of an academic paper (I have already reviewed several other papers, but they were all rejected after the first round). While the authors had clearly ...
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Suggestions to turn an “accepted, pending revisions” into an “accepted”

As far as I understand "accepted pending revisions" is not the same as "submission accepted". What are some important things to keep in mind while revising the submission in order for it to be ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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Long review time for my papers?

It took 5-6 months to hear from the referee in both of my accepted papers. In my one rejection it was only a couple of weeks. I do not think it could possibly take 5-6 months to read and ...