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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Can you post an article on arXiv while under peer review?

Would doing so go against the declaration many journals require that the author has not submitted the work anywhere else?
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How much feedback to provide for unsalvageable manuscript during peer review [duplicate]

When reviewing a manuscript as a peer reviewer and providing written feedback on a manuscript that is clearly a Reject, how does one decide how much feedback to provide? By "clear Reject," I ...
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Peer review process in a math journal

I am a resident of a 3rd world country in a south Asian country. I have completed my Msc in math from a place which is not well known for math. While an Msc student, I wrote a solo author paper on ...
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Spot a possible improvement when reviewing a paper

In reviewing a paper I notice that the result presented there can be improved. However, the improvement may not be significant enough to appear in a good journal. Therefore, to me the best situation ...
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Do you always need to show statistical significance of results in a paper?

Is it enough to discuss a higher mean in one set of results than another without statistical significance (as long as you are clear that significance wasn't tested)? Can this, in your experience, ...
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I reviewed a paper but was not informed of the decision — is this common?

I occasionally review articles for a prestigious but high-throughput journal. The most recent time, I went to check on the decision of the article, and saw that a decision of minor revision had been ...
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As a reviewer, should I act when the second reviewer did not seem to review the manuscript carefully?

I reviewed a manuscript and suggested a major revision, which was done in meantime. Now that I receive the revised manuscript again, I see that the 2nd reviewer wrote only one sentence in his review ...
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Status Change in Science submission System changed from “to review” to “under evaluation” to “to review” again [duplicate]

we have submitted our paper and have gotten 3 relatively positive reviews from the reviewers, one of them asking for a few additional experiments. After sending our revision back to the editor, the ...
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Why do journals prohibit authors from acknowledging reviewers?

Pretty much in the title: why do several journals prohibit authors from acknowledging reviewers? I have seen this in many (neuroscience) journals across publishers (both clinically oriented and non-...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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Loss of novelty while under review

Asking this question for a friend (also motivated by this PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission). Field: Neuroscience. Initially, when the paper was written up, there was no ...
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Peer review: Is this “citation tower” a bad practice?

I am peer-reviewing an article "A" and I found something interesting. The authors use a mathematical lemma (which is just an inequality) for which they cite article "B". I have ...
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What to do when I can prove a conjecture of a paper I'm peer reviewing

I was given a paper to peer review. A result of that paper has been obtained with some extrapolation trick and so they present it as highly plausible conjecture. It turns out that me and another ...
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Is participating in open peer reviewing good or bad for early career scientists?

I see a few questions about open peer review (OPR), as more publishers move towards open access and open review. As an early career scientist I wondering if publishing my name as a reviewer is a risky ...
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Is it always necessary to mathematically define an existing algorithm (which can easily be researched elsewhere) in a paper?

I'm writing a paper which explores a new forecasting method. I compare the results with those of an existing algorithm as a baseline. Plenty of literature already exists on the existing algorithm, and ...
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How to answer a reviewer asking for the methodology code of the paper?

Recently I have submitted my paper to IEEE Access Journal which has a binary peer review process, and I got rejected. Still, they allow me to answer the reviewers' concerns and resubmit again. One of ...
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Is it preferable to list the limitations of the presented method in the paper?

I don't remember I have seen authors (in CS) explicityl listing the limitations of their approaches. Most of the cases, the approach is presented as complete solution of the addressed problem*. ...
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PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission

Location: India Field: Neuroscience Background: A few years ago, at the time of joining my PhD, I submitted a proposal which was eventually approved by the institute and the ethics committee. At the ...
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How to proceed after reject & resubmit

I recently got a reject & resubmit which usually would not bother me too much, however, this case is a bit special: The specific journal runs a single-blind peer review process. One review was ...
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What does “Awaiting Assignment to Batch” mean?

My paper was accepted a week ago, at that time the status in the ScholarOne manuscript center changed from "accept" to "awaiting production checklist". They also said I would ...
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Can a paper be rejected for only detailing an algorithm mathematically and not programmatically (via pseudocode)? [closed]

Imagine you are a peer reviewer presented with a paper that states an algorithm was implemented in python to test an analytical process on large datasets. The details of how the algorithmic process ...
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For most journals, do peer reviewers expect common notions such as arithmetic mean to be formally defined?

If making use of standard statistical notions such as arithmetic mean, do peer reviewers still expect to see a formal definition such as μ = ( Σ Xi ) / N, or is the notion so common that it'd be ...
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Do peer reviewers generally care about alphabetical order of variables in a paper?

I am wondering if some peer reviewers may nitpick about the choice of variables in a math-heavy paper, namely whether they follow alphabetical order throughout the succession of the presentation of ...
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Question for review [closed]

What are the type of question you can ask someone when you send you manuscript to for review. The person may not necessarily be in your field.
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I submitted my revised paper in elsevier journal. It's been more than 15 days, how much time it takes to give final decision [duplicate]

After submitting the revised manuscript in the Elsevier journal, how much time it takes to give a final decision or minor revision. It's been already more than 15 days. Should I wait or can I enquire ...
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Manuscript status is in “Revise and Resubmit” with only 1 reviewer's comment [duplicate]

Manuscript submitted in an elsevier journal is now in "Revise and Resubmit" status. Journal editor provided only one reviewer's comments. The comments suggested some minor changes only and ...
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Should I edit reviewer quotes (typos, etc.) in a response to reviewers?

I am writing a response to reviewers. One reviewer's comments included typos and other incorrect English phrasing, but the intent of the reviewer's points was clear. When I reproduce or quote the ...
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If a reviewer comments that the overall writing needs to be improved will they reject if some errors remain?

I submitted the major revision and one reviewer's comment was to improve the overall writing. I'm trying to improve the flow and writing, but some grammatical errors and typos are still left. Will ...
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Reviewers comments refer to last (senior) author

I have recently received my first manuscript back for major revisions and found one of the reviewers comments strange. Within the comments the reviewer refers to the paper as "Author D et al's ...
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Can I use an exact sentence from reviewer in the later submission?

I submitted a paper and received reviewers' comments on it. Would using an exact sentence (just a single sentence) that one reviewer used in his/her comments be considered plagiarism? The sentence is ...
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Eleven reviewers invited but only one has accepted--is this a problem? [duplicate]

I have a manuscript under review at Nature Scientific Reports. The editorial system shows eleven reviewers invited but only one has accepted. Is this a problem? Is it normal?
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How does sending manuscript to new reviewers close the review loop?

I had sent a manuscript of mine to one of the IEEE Transactions journals a while ago. After the first round of revision, I received some comments of two reviewers (let's call them A and B). But after ...
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Reviewing article and bad-faith citation

I did my PhD topic in mechanical engineering. A decade later, I agreed to review an article on the exact same topic, that has a great number of similarities with mine. OK, that can happen. The authors ...
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Current status “minor review” what is next? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper in a journal under Taylor and Francis and after the first review the status of the paper is "minor review". Both of the reviewers said that my manuscript can be accepted ...
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Is it ok to add new details to the camera-ready version of the conference paper?

My conference paper got accepted. I was told I have an extra page for the camera-ready version. And my method is built upon an existing method. Now I realize that, in the existing method, there might ...
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Dealing with burnout from long review process

There are a number of other questions about dealing with non-response or the length of the review process and some here about burnout in academia. I'm in the end of getting a paper accepted, but (...
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What to do to speed up the paper publication process? [duplicate]

One month ago, I have submitted a paper in a journal under Taylor and Francis. 3/4 days later after the submission, the status changed to "under review" and till now the status remained ...
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Does ''recommended for publication subject to minor revision'' implies aceptance? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to one of the peer-reviewed journals of chemistry and the decision was 'recommended for publication subject to minor revision'. I have submitted the revision but two ...
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Writing a peer-review suggestions letter for a journal editor

I am submitting my review for a journal but they ask for a letter with peer review suggestions (3), but it is not templete, and i am not sure if I can suggest any peer for the review or they have a ...
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Pre-print service like Arxiv but with private option, so I can correct my mistakes without publicly advertising my mistakes?

As a student, I make mistakes all the times, and stealing my idea will not face a heavy retaliation. I don't mind if someone come-up with concurrent works, but I do mind if my key idea is leaked. Many ...
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Receiving a “Major Revision” After undergoing a “Minor Revision”

I submitted my article earlier this year in January. After 5 months i received a "Major revision", there was 3 different reviewers, and they made very relevant comments, that i found very ...
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Dilemma: Where to publish?

I am an early career researcher from India. I had earned a PhD from a top European University four years ago and then I moved to my home country early this year. I have been working on a century old ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

A colleague of mine, who I regard scientifically, just invited me to submit an article to a special issue of a journal which I consider predatory. I consider this journal predatory because its ...
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To what extent can I refer to closed-access reviewer comments in my public task management workflow?

I have written and submitted a manuscript to a journal owned by Oxford University Press. This manuscript describes the associated source code, which is stored in a public GitHub repository. The ...
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Is it appropriate for peer-reviewer to look for possible plagiarism?

I'm in the second year of a post-doc, and currently participating in my first experience as a peer-reviewer (my lab PI recommended me to the editor because he's too busy to do it right now). I noticed ...
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How concerned should one be if he/she does not get referee invitations?

A friend of mine is an experienced researcher in early career. We are surprised to learn that she never get invited to referee for any journal. I once rejected a referee request and referred the ...
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Contacting a researcher for academic queries, but he/she may be a potential reviewer?

So I have a paper submitted in a conference which requires double-blind review. But while this paper is under review, I had a query in a paper I was reading of the very same field. Now, the authors ...
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Are non-first authors less likely to be invited for peer review?

In fields where the order of authors matters (e.g., health and medical fields), does the order of authors of published papers generally affect how editors choose peer reviewers for new submissions? ...
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Should I point out a flaw in a paper, which will likely result in withdrawal and resubmission, before I start to write the review?

The paper I just got to review consists of Theorem A and its Corollary B, the latter settling a major open problem in the field, it is said. Unfortunately, the problem is not open, it was done in an ...
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Submitting a paper to a peer-reviewd journal after putting it on medRxiv

Most COVID-19 related papers(about 2/3) go as pre-prints on arXiv/medRxiv, and so I decided to do the same. Is it still possible to submit the same preprint to a peer-reviewed journal? In such case, ...

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