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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How to deal [as a reviewer] with a paper in peer review that breaks anonymity

I work in the field of organization theory and labour sociology and to this point of my career, I have reviewed about 4-6 papers. I have been asked by a journal to review a paper. The journal's scope ...
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Can I revise a part of the paper that the reviewer did not mention?

I received a major revision recently. However, as I was making revisions, I realized that my first draft from a few months ago is badly organized and poorly written. I want to make some changes to a ...
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Do you know any peer review journals in environmental science that replies fast? [closed]

Do you know any peer-review journals in environmental science(q1 or q2) that reply fast?
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How long should I wait to contact the journal after all reviewers submitted their report? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to a journal. After three months under review, the status changed to "Evaluating Recommendation", which means that all reviewers have submitted their report. This ...
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Data used for analysis is not free. What should I do as a reviewer?

I'm doing a review of a paper (very well written, I think) for a journal with a fairly good reputation. This is my first review, and I have a question regarding data availability which is, according ...
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What's a good tool to help students perform peer review as a graded assignment?

I am teaching an academic writing course for grad students and part of the course content involves peer review activities on one another's writings. These peer reviews will receive a letter grade. Do ...
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I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review [duplicate]

I found an error in software implementation in the paper currently under peer review. Modifying the software does not change the idea of the paper and does not change the major conclusion and ...
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What does it mean to change the required status of completed reviews from to review each week? [closed]

I submitted my article to a journal from Springer in September, two months later it changed the status to "Required Reviews Completed". Then within a week, it became "Under Review",...
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Mistake in published paper by others. Clarification needed [duplicate]

There is no work that is free of error and people make mistakes :) But that is not what I am after, I am seeing advise on how to go about asking for clarification. Recently a paper was published in ...
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Do the referees see the profile of authors?

I am a mathematics PhD scholar (particularly in number theory). I have a question in mind. In general, a PhD scholar doesn't have much publications (or no publication) upto a certain stage. Suppose I ...
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How to repond to reviewer comment that findings in existing literature contrast my findings?

I recently received comments from the reviewers on my research paper. In my paper I look at the impact of X on Y and find that X negatively affects Y. One reviewer has commented that while my findings ...
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Requesting editor to transfer a manuscript to another journal

My manuscript has been in review for several months. I would like it to be published soon because it is supposed to be part of my thesis. I have already contacted the editor and was told that they are ...
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How to criticise a follow-up paper for an issue that should really have been discussed in the original article?

I am trying to get an idea about general best practices and productive reviewing in the context of a specific situation. Consider that I am reviewing an article that is a follow-up of a previous (peer-...
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As handling editor, should you invite mainly reviewers for manuscripts authored by people from a different country?

Further to my recent question on a similar topic (As handling editor, should you invite only female reviewers for manuscripts authored by women (eg 1st, last, and/or corresponding)?), I am wondering ...
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As handling editor, should you invite only female reviewers for manuscripts authored by women (eg 1st, last, and/or corresponding)?

As Chief Editor, Associate Editor, or Handling Editor of scholarly manuscripts, mainly but not solely focusing on cardiovascular disease), I have often the last say on which potential reviewers to ...
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What is the accepted percentage of overlap in the expanded conference version of a journal? [duplicate]

I submitted a journal paper to a Springer journal (Computer Science), and it is still under review for a year. I submitted the fourth revision recently. As it is taking more time than expected and I ...
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What does "research design" refer to in a peer review form?

One of the questions posed to me as a peer reviewer is: Is the research design appropriate? In my understanding, that would be an applicable question if the manuscript I am reviewing was presenting ...
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Can a peer review be too positive?

I have recently been invited to peer review an article for the first time. I must admit I went into the process expecting to find at least a number of faults with the manuscript and the idea that I ...
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How to highlight changes made in the manuscript as part of a revise and resubmit?

We have a journal paper that got correction requests and need to be resubmitted. The changes need to be highlighted in the manuscript. How do you mark the changes? Is changing the text color enough? ...
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What does "out for review" mean within the context of a ScholarOne submission system? [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper to a Taylor and Francis journal. The manuscript status has changed from "With Editor" to "Out for review". What does this change mean?
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How to address the reader to visit our supplementary material? (is it okay?)

Because of words limitation, I put many of important things in supplementary material. So, is it okay to ask the reader to visit our supplementary material in manuscript? For example, We encourage ...
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Peer reviewing with dyslexia

Background I am a postdoc in theoretical physics and have severe dyslexia. A consequence of my dyslexia is that I have a very low reading ability and comprehension level - in the lowest 1st percentile....
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Should I review a paper as an undergraduate?

I recently received an invitation to review a paper for publication in an MDPI journal. This is the first time I am being invited to review. I do feel qualified to do it since I have several ...
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How to review a letter to the editor?

Background: In some disciplines, a primary means of disseminating scientific results is publishing papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Often, the article is only available after peer-review ...
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Is it considered a breach of ethics (double blind reviewing) if I contact a potential reviewer after the final publishing decision by the conference?

There was one reject review of the paper, but the final decision was accept. The rejecting reviewer wrote a lot of useful feedback, and was fair and balanced: my intentions are certainly not to ...
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Many referees refused to review my paper

I sent a manuscript five months ago to an APS journal (American Physical Society) and five referees refused to review my paper in this time interval. Some of them responded after about four weeks and ...
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Should I do peer-review for a predatory conference? [duplicate]

As a first, I recently received an invitation to peer review for a predatory (or at least shady) conference - in contrast to the tons of unsolicited invitations to publish papers with their journals ...
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I feel bad about rejecting a paper during review

I'm must declare at the very beginning that I'm a PhD student that suffers from major impostor syndrome, and very much feel very unconfident about myself or my abilities. That being said, I recently ...
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What does 'AE Recommends' imply in journal submission systems? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to an IEEE transaction after four months of being under review, the status has been updated to 'AE Recommends', what does this imply? Does this mean chances of ...
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Understanding reviewers comments on research paper

I sent my Review Paper to a journal and it took almost 4 months to respond to me. In the first decision, the reviewers suggested some revisions. Their comments on the first decision were: Reviewer: 1 ...
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Will the transferred manuscript at the new journal (B) be sent back to the same reviewers at the transferring journal (A)?

I submitted a manuscript to Journal A. After review, 2 reviewers were positively endorsed for publication. However, 1 reviewer and editor suggests publishing it in another journal (B) in the same ...
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How do editors choose referees?

Do editors have 3 of 4 simple rules they typically fall back on when selecting referees? Such as picking candidate among recent citations in the submitted paper, or recent citations that appeared in ...
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Should I use strikethrough while the article revision? [duplicate]

I got an email from a reputed journal of Taylor & Francis pointing to the Major Revision of our systematic review article. As an author, I started the revision work by colouring the revised text &...
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Do academics make decisions like other humans?

There are now 100s of studies from behaviour change sciences that show that humans take mental shortcuts to make decisions. For instance we eat at a busy restaurant, because, as a rule of thumb, they ...
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Can I recommend to a journal that an entire research group not be used as reviewers for my paper?

I have recently — and prematurely — interrupted a work relationship with a research institution, due to a series of professional/scientific disagreements. Considering that these disagreements were ...
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Can you quote peer-reviews in papers?

I'm writing a commentary-ish paper on what NOT to do on peer-reviews. Like many of you here, I've received numerous reviews ranging from very good and constructive to absolute garbage. Some background:...
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Does extensive peer-reviewing service help with faculty job applications?

I am sent a lot of papers to review, from an expanding set of journals. Currently I am a postdoc on the job market, with little time. Even though recently I only agree to review for better journals, ...
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Problems in paper affects my reputation

I am a postdoc in math who defended his Ph.D. a year ago. I have 5 papers where three of them were written by me(only author). I have always made some (minor) problems that the most referees (except ...
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Submission for IEEE-template-based paper in Arxiv

Can we submit our journal paper(formatted in IEEE-paper style) in arXiv which is already submitted in IEEE journal for review(the paper's decision is not yet made)? or it's mandatory to publish the ...
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Accidental dual submission

I have accidentally found myself in a dual submission situation. I submitted it to one journal over four months ago. A few weeks later I sent another email inquiring about the status of the article. ...
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What incentives do reviewers in top conferences have to reject or accept a paper properly?

What would be the consequences, for instance, if the reviewer just rejected/accepted whatever paper they got, with a trivial or even nonsensical justification for it? Does the reviewer avoid doing ...
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Peer review: Dealing with vague/open-ended/out-of-scope questions during review

I recently received some reviewer's comments on a paper I have under review. One reviewer (out of three) in particular has raised a large number of points. Some are very clear and target specific ...
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Awaiting AE recommendation before "acceptance or rejection"

Is it ok to ask the journal about the status of my manuscript or it will affect their decision about it?
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The status "pending editor assignment" after "undergoing initial checking" [duplicate]

I submitted an article to one of Wiley's journals. One week later, the status was changed from "undergoing initial checking", to "pending editor assignment". For the first status ...
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Rebuttal stage optionally allows authors to revise their papers. Should I make use of that option?

I am contributing to a top conference. It is now in the rebuttal stage. During the rebuttal stage, it's allowed to revise the submitted papers, in addition to the mandatory rebuttal text of 800 words (...
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Do reviewers see other reviewer's comments/scores?

I have read that reviewers actually see other reviewers' comments during reviewing process of a conference (e.g. via easychair website). If that is the case; is that including the scores too? If so, ...
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What does the status "reviewers invited" mean after minor revision submission? [duplicate]

After a major revision and a minor revision before publication, the statues of my paper turned to "reviewers invited". Does it mean new reviewers were invited? Or this paper was just sent ...
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Is it normal to ask a reviewer to reconsider his evaluation score?

I am in the process of writing a rebuttal response for a conference submission. Unlike others, a reviewer who only looked at the first 3 pages stated that there is a fundamental error (that he ...
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How should I write rebuttal?

I contributed to a conference. I just received feedback from reviewers. I need to write a rebuttal. But I am limited to 800 words. Three reviewers pointed out some writing problems. For example, the ...
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Is it possible for the paper to be accepted in this case?

I am a computer professional. I submitted a paper to the top conference in our field. I just received comments from reviewers. Now is the rebuttal stage. There are six reviewers in total. 2 Accecpt, ...

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