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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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Does in review mean an external reviewer is assigned ? [duplicate]

Three weeks ago, I have submitted a paper to a journal that has a reputation for fast publication process. On their website, they mention that decision on acceptance or otherwise are taken quickly ...
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Is it possible to ask the identity of a particular reviewer to oppose for future submission?

I am in an embarrassing situation. I have submitted my article three times, to three different journals, and always I get the same reviewer who copies and pastes the same reviews which actually make ...
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Copyright statement (US Government) in acknowledgments - what to do as a reviewer?

I am currently reviewing a paper, which has this statement in the acknowledgements: The United States Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges ...
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Unpublished research similar to mine

I am a PhD student and I wrote a paper in the social sciences. The contribution of my paper is that it's the first non-North American analysis on the subject. There is a working paper I found online ...
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Could/Should I cite a paper that I am refereeing?

I'm reviewing the paper X related to the topic Y for a conference which is single-blind (in Computer Science). Also, I'm about to submit a paper to a different conference related to the same topic (...
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What does the status “query to referee” in the tracking system of Physical Review Letters imply?

The editor explained further information is needed from the referee. This is basically what "query to referee" means. But I am wondering what it implies. Is the report good or bad? Does anyone has any ...
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Paper under editorial assessment for 4 months

I submitted my manuscript to EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing on April 6, 2018 (8 months ago). The journal is an open access journal. After the first review, I submitted my revised ...
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What is the chance of an 'invited manuscript submission' to be accepted?

I recently submitted a manuscript in a reliable journal in my field through 'invited manuscript' scheme. This is my first time to do such a thing since I mostly publish my paper on a regular ...
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When to retract a submission due to excessive length of peer-review process

Recently it happened to me twice that I had a paper which was under review for more than one year (first round) and that all inquiries about the status of the paper went unanswered by the handling ...
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How can l suggest reviewers? [duplicate]

This is the first time submit paper and l don't know any reviewers. I want to ask how can l choose reviewers?
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Uploading under peer review manuscript

I am applying for an institute and would like to upload my manuscript for a paper which is under peer review onto the Supplemental materials section. The manuscript contains the watermark "For Peer ...
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Invitation for a Manuscript Review

I have been invited to review a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal. Actually, this is my first invitation and I am a bit confused whether I should accept or decline. The subject is in the field of ...
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What are the arguments for “reviewers see each other's identities” conference reviews?

I have recently accepted to review for a machine learning conference. It's a conference with chairs, area chairs (AC), and then reviewers who are managed by the AC's. This conference is double-blind, ...
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Suggesting Reviewers: How to find institutional affiliations [duplicate]

Many journals recommend that authors suggest potential reviewers. They also often require the institutional affiliation to be listed. However, many researchers who have published in relevant, high-...
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Same review for Math Reviews and Zentralblatt

I have been serving for several years as a reviewer for both Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) and ZbMath. Earlier this year, I received an invitation for a paper for MR which I already reviewed for ...
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submission review is taking too long

I have submitted an article for a journal in which it was stated that the review time was from 80 to 120 days, that is approximately 4 months at most. The submission of my article was approximately 13 ...
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How to handle unprofessional negative reviews from a journal? [duplicate]

My problem is similar to this this and this question, but still slightly different. I am facing the problem that my paper was rejected form a journal (with the option to resubmit to the same journal ...
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I have been asked to change the review I gave to a paper

I rejected a paper after careful review and consideration, writing six pages to justify my decision. In less than 24 h I have received a petition to change my verdict to major changes. The rationale ...
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Editorial perception/bias regarding preprints in bioinformatics

The quality of a journal manuscript submission being equal, does posting a preprint on arXiv or bioRxiv hurt your chances of publication in a journal? I'm asking about bioinformatics, for journals ...
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What should an editor do if the authors have guessed who the reviewers are?

For whatever reason, authors are occasionally able to guess who the reviewers of their papers are. Sometimes these guesses have even gotten published: "We appreciate the very candid critical ...
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Submitting a Blind Peer Review for initial submission of IEEE conference

I'm planning to publish a conference paper under IEEE. The conference website has instructed not to write any authors name for initial submission. My question is without authors name how should I ...
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Deadline for resubmission in Physical Review E [closed]

As the title suggests, does anyone what is a typical deadline for the resubmission in the mentioned journal? As it was not specified anywhere.
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Can I use British English in an Australian conference paper?

I have written a peer-reviewed paper for an Australian academic conference. The reviews are favourable with a number of small and helpful suggestions. However, one reviewer has criticised the use of ...
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I got the same referee report from two different journals

My coauthor and I submitted our article for publication to one of the best journals in our field. After a long time of review, we got a rejection decision by the editor based on the referee report ...
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Is it normal for referees on a paper see to the names of other referees? [duplicate]

I recently refereed a paper for a journal. There were four referees, which for the field in question(number theory), is a lot, especially for a short paper in a minor journal. I recommended a ...
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Which journals make peer review history documents publicly available?

Nature Communications has had a policy since 2016 that authors are given the option to publish the peer review history of their paper. Are there other journals with the same initiative?
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Is it unethical to not able to complete a journal review within provided time ?

I was invited to review a paper from a decent journal in my field. I was provided a month to review the article. However, due to some work related commitments, I was not able to provide reviews ...
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Contribution vs. novelty in the papers, especially in computer science?

I'm a little confused about the two concepts of contributions and novelty especially when I want to clarify them in my papers (CS scope). For example, as a common practice, people talk about their ...
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Revised manuscript take too long to process

I send out my first article to be reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 and received comment from reviewer from Journal of international quantum chemistry on 13 July 1018. Problem is, I have sent in revised ...
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To what extent are reviewers influenced by other reviews?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at to what extent reviewers are influenced by other reviews? For example, ICLR 2019 published reviews publicly before all reviewers had written the ...
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Should I simply ignore it if authors assume that I'm male in their response to my review of their article?

I received a response about a manuscript I reviewed earlier, and the authors write about the reviewer (i.e., me) and his concerns. As a woman, I'm not so keen on this. Obviously this isn't ...
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The unfortunate case of a paper with extremely slow review process

One of the first papers I ever wrote has a rather unfortunate history. Mistakes were made, especially by me, and after around 3+ years the paper remains unpublished. Below is a rough timeline of how ...
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Paper accepted with no report?

I submitted a 60-page paper to a reasonable math journal (Journal of Algebra) about 6 months ago. A few days ago I received an email stating that my paper was accepted. I did not get a referee report. ...
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Examples of harmless mistakes (on purpose) in submitted papers [closed]

Some paper reviewers feel the pressure to criticize something in order to appear competent. Sometimes they feel this pressure due to huge blank form fields for criticism in the reviewing system. As a ...
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Writing High-Quality Research Papers [closed]

I have submitted a manuscript to a reputable journal, the article was rejected because it didn't pass the grammar check. The journal editor also mentioned the low quality of the figures. My ex-...
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As a reviewer, is it inappropriate to make unsolicited comments on another reviewer's comments?

I'm reviewing a paper after minor revisions, and can partially see another reviewer's comments in the response letter. The other reviewer asks the authors to do X, but the authors argue that it's not ...
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Looking for conferences / journals with non blind peer review in computer science

I was wondering if there are any computer science related conferences or journals that review their submissions publicly. So everyone can see what the authors submitted and what the reviewers ...
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A paper review I've undertaken turning out to be harder than expected

I recently agreed to review a journal paper (in theoretical computer science). After I started to read it in depth, I found out it is much harder than I expected - over 60 pages with over 20 theorems ...
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How do conferences / journals select reviewers?

When you submit a paper / manuscript to a peer-reviewed venue, the organizers usually forward your work to 2-3 other "experts in your field" to assess your work. I'm curious how this process of ...
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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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...