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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 ...

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Submitting a paper to a new journal with responses for the rejection to the first journal

I submitted my paper in IEEE Transcations of XXX and got a rejection. But the comments were really helpful and has helped me a lot in improving the paper. But, unfortunately, I cannot resubmit that ...
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Why do some conferences have a variable amount of reviewers for each submitted paper?

Why do some conferences have a variable number of reviewers for each submitted paper? For example, I read on https://redd.it/9nomv1 that the AAAI 2019 conference has between 3 and 5 reviewers for ...
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Quoting instrument prices in a scientific paper

I’m writing my first scientific paper as a PhD student and it’s a comparison of 6 different instruments that measure precipitation. The instruments differ massively in terms of cost, and their ...
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What exactly the reviewers mean by saying “the contribution/novelty is limited”?

I sometimes receive a comment from 1-2 of my reviewers saying something similar to "the contributions and novelty of the work/method is limited". Consider it in the context of CS where you develop ...
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Should papers peer reviews be done publicly? [duplicate]

Three reviewers assessed my paper and all of them rejected it (weak reject), and to be honest I am not so mad about the rejection. One of the reviewers gave really good feedback and his arguments ...
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How to prepare a good response to referee reports when I have a weak reject and two accepts?

I received a weak reject, an accept and a strong accept from a top-tier conference in CS. So, I need to prepare a careful rebuttal response! The problem is that the weak-reject reviewer did not ask ...
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How to respond in the rebuttal phase when the reviewer's concern is a blind review issue?

I recently received the reviewers' feedback for my paper and I need to respond them in their questions in the rebuttal phase. One reviewer (who also gave me a weak reject) mentioned that one of my ...
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Why Preprints.org ignores my suggestion regarding accepting or rejecting the pre-prints? [on hold]

I do some pre-publishing review and screening for Preprints.org in my field, which basically I check the submitted pre-prints based on their structure (title, authors, affiliation, structure of ...
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List of peer review platforms and social networks [on hold]

I recently stumbled upon Publons, a social network of peer reviewers, with a database of potential reviewers, along with their areas of expertise, stats, and contact details. I wonder if there are ...
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Paper rejected based on one very short wrong comment

My paper is rejected based on a wrong (I am almost certain that it is wrong) comment of a single reviewer and the content is as below The manuscript focuses on the problem of "Some Technical Things"...
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Accessing previous versions of papers in EasyChair

EasyChair allows authors and chairs to "replace" previous versions of a submission. Is it possible to access previous versions? (Context: I'm interested in the extent to which EasyChair supports a ...
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Why did the editor give my peer review to another peer reviewer before their review was written?

When the editor of a paper I recently reviewed circulated the final decision letter to myself and the other reviewer, I was surprised to see that the other reviewer had apparently had access to my ...
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What can I do if the reviewers' comments on my manuscript are not correct? [duplicate]

I sent my paper to one journal, which took about 3 months to respond to me. They decided to reject my paper, and gave me some comments and reasons why my paper was rejected. The first reviewer said ...
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What should I do with a workshop paper which is peer reviewed, but only available on the workshop website?

I presented a paper in a workshop in CS. The workshop was related to a good conference, and they had a peer review system for evaluating the papers. But they do not have a proceeding and only made the ...
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Editor is asking for two referees and single column

I submitted a double columned paper to a journal and the editor returned my email with requests such as: Several formatting changes including making the paper single column, no automatic features ...
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How long do reviewers take to publish a paper in a biology journal (scientific data)? [on hold]

So I have been working on a project and I wish to put this work up on my CV before asking any professor for internship in their lab this winter. Assuming I submit the paper today then how long would ...
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As a referee, is it okay to ask for references to be removed?

Say I received a paper for review. Afterwards I discover that there are cited references that are not related to the discussed subject, or there are elements in the bibliography that are not ...
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Is it ethical to share a controversial reason for declining to review with other editors/journals?

This question is a follow up to How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid? Most actions by a reviewer are logged in the editorial management system, such as: Whenever a reviewer agrees ...
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Why do non-governmental organizations tend to publish non peer-reviewed “grey” literature?

Is there any reason why most non-governmental organizations (NGOs) tend to publish non-peer reviewed literature? I have seen some NGO scientists as co-authors, even in some important papers, but most ...
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The status of my paper is “Ready for Decision (30 days)”. Should I write an email and ask?

I submitted my paper in Elsevier, the status of my paper is "Ready for Decision (30 days). Should I write an email and ask why does it takes so long? Thanks
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What is the workflow of an editor in this case? [closed]

I am rather new to the academic so I am bit insecure about the whole process. I have a small question regarding the publication process. Context: Recently I submitted a paper to a physics journal. ...
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Is there a correlation between how enthusiastic reviewers are and how much impact a paper has?

If I have a paper which five reviewers agree is good, does that mean it'll probably also have high impact? Both reviewer enthusiasm and impact can be difficult to measure objectively, so I'm thinking ...
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ADM: Not Assigned Under Review [duplicate]

I recently submitted a paper to the international journal of adaptive control and signal processing Wiley. The statute of the paper is: STATUTE: ADM: Not Assigned Under Review Can someone tell me ...
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Can an article published in a non-peer reviewed venue later undergo peer review?

As we all know, once a paper has been published in some form (whether or not in a peer-reviewed format), most journals will balk at the idea of publishing it again. Does this apply solely to ...
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What happens if an author acknowledges a potential anonymous referee in the paper?

Let's say that you thank Professor X in your paper that you will submit to a Journal Y for providing you some insightful comments. It is never possible to know but let's assume that Professor X is the ...
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Is it okay to choose a non-peer reviewed research paper as Master's thesis topic?

I am interested to work and improve on one of the research papers which published on https://www.casact.org/pubs/forum/ but I found out that, research paper published on Casualty Actuarial Society, ...
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What can a person who hasn't enough time do about the unpredictable nature of the publication process? [closed]

I'm talking about a narrow sub-field of Computer Science - algorithm execution high-level simulations. However, I guess, this applies to many fields to some extent. When you are submitting an ...
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Mistake in replies to peer review

I recently submitted my replies to peer review to a journal. After submission I found out I had missed out on turning on track changes to the last part of my manuscript. Will this cause a problem? Do ...
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How to write/represent the state-of-the-art analysis in a research paper?

I have found that one of the most common remarks from the reviewers is regarding the "state-of-the-art". Especially in terms of applied research. Something like: The authors have not discussed the ...
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How long does it take for the first round review of physical review letters?

I am wondering how long it takes for the first round review for physical review letters (PRL) on average. I have three referees. One of the referees returned the report in 4 weeks. But the other two ...
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Is it okay to mention we're citing an article only because a reviewer told us to?

In a recent review, one reviewer said we must rework the paper in light of two other papers. One paper was a highly valuable suggestion, and we've enthusiastically taken it on board. However, the ...
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Suggesting my own paper when serving as a peer reviewer

I am reviewing a survey paper in a good journal, where the paper missed important papers in the field including my previously published articles. I plan to suggest a rejection due to this serious lack,...
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Register in IEEE A ranked conferences - Student or full registration?

I am trying to follow up with the instructions to register my paper for the conference. However, the system is not allowing me to finish the process. I just emailed the editor and he answered after ...
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Could a paper be rejected due to poor quality of figures?

I recently saw a paper (biological sciences, genomics) that had such poor figures that made consider if I as a reviewer could have suggested rejection based on that. Issues in said paper: i. 3D-...
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How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid?

A reviewer declines to review a paper because he wants to be paid. Some time later, this reviewer submits a paper to the journal (or to another journal who's aware of what happened – very possible ...
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Unpublished paper with published followup gathers citations: should it be published?

A few years ago I wrote a paper with three collaborators, where we introduced a model to describe a specific phenomenon. In the end we were not fully happy with the result, so we wrote it up, put it ...
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How to include text intended only for reviewers in main manuscript submission?

When I submit papers using blind review, I sometimes need to include text to reviewers that is not intended for the actual publication. For example, Sometimes I include a URL to the OSF that has ...
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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

As a publisher, every now and then I saw reviews which are so good, I thought I should thank the reviewer with something more than "thanks". What can a publisher offer that will actually be useful? ...
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How can I provide a great external evaluaton of a faculty member's promotion and tenure case?

I recently received an email asking if I would be willing to evaluate a colleague's application for promotion and tenure. We are both at R1 universities in the US. According to the guidelines, I am ...
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A text which is not a draft, but expected to be updated - upload to arXiv?

I've been working on a text which you could call a short monograph. Without going into details (which might lead to another question) - I'm considering posting/uploading/"publishing" it on arXiv. It'...
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Why publish in a journal instead of in arXiv or in my blog? [closed]

I don´t know what is exactly the value of publishing a high impact paper in a journal or magazine (electronic or not, open-access or not). I have several doubts about the benefits of publishing on a ...
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Should article submissions be formatted in draft format, or in the format of a particular journal? [duplicate]

Some journals do not require article submissions to be in any particular format. Would it still be better to try and copy that journals usual format, or use a generic draft format? Would you as an ...
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Should I write a rebuttal for all for the reviewers or just the rejecting reviewers?

From a computer science conference, I have received 4 reviews. Two of the reviewers have accepted the article and have appreciated the work, while the other two have given "weak reject". The ...
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What does “awaiting reviewer reply” mean? [closed]

What does "awaiting reviewer reply" mean? Is it same as "under review" and "awaiting reviewer scores"?"
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During peer-review, should I comment on the authors' messy code?

I'm reviewing a paper in pure mathematics. A lot of results in the paper depend heavily on computer computations, and the authors have provided in the article a link to the Magma code they used for ...
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Can I edit my paper after submission if I discover additional literature?

While writing my paper, I was unaware of the existence of a sequence and I named the sequence (say X). Later I found that the same sequence is already known with some other name (say Y). Currently if ...
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Do the authors have to cite or make comparisons against works on domains such as arXiv?

I'm reviewing a conference manuscript (computer science) and i found 2 other recent methods related to the same problem which were published on arXiv. So, i think it is highly recommended to compare ...
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Publishing referee reports I have written - Yes or No and How? [duplicate]

I remember reading somewhere about someone who started publishing referee reports they had written online, along with sending them to the journal (or after). Unfortunately I do not remember where I ...
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Decision Pending | Send a Reminder?

I am a 2nd year PhD student (starting my third year soon). For the past 7 months, I've been struggling with finding an appropriate journal for my (hopefully) first article. I had to deal with many ...
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Paper rejected based on “informal review” - any point in appealing?

I've recently been trying to get one of my papers published, and have come across the following issue. I started by submitting it to a fairly high-impact journal. It got three reviews, two of which ...