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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 proposals; and post-publication review of a book or article, as is common in the field of mathematics.

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Long Delay from Springer Journal: Should I Continue Waiting or Seek Alternatives? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a Springer journal 13 months ago. Each time I inquire about the status, I receive the same response: "The paper is currently with the editor for evaluation and the ...
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A platform for collaborative research projects?

This question may sound unusual but I'm have been searching for a while now for a platform for collaborative research projects? The concept here is simple. Experienced researchers sign up and verify ...
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How do I become a peer reveiver in a journal [duplicate]

I have masters and have been working for 5 years. I have 1 paper published where I am in the list of contributors, basically not the first or second author. I have 2 other papers in the process where ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

We submitted a manuscript to a well-known journal. The first round of reviews came in 6 months later. We revised, resubmitted in about 3 weeks (they gave us two weeks to r&r) and we got a new, ...
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Polarizing paper "almost good enough", but no revision offered

For several years, I've been trying to publish a specific line of research, without success. Rejections are common in academia, so the lack of success is not surprising. During peer review the ...
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Can you share you got a Major Revision on LinkedIn?

I recently got my first Major Revision and I would like to share the good news, but I'm not sure if there is a non spoken rule that you shouldn't be publicly sharing that info during the review ...
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When is it worthwhile to report academic misconduct of a referee?

Sometimes academics become aware of misconduct of other academics. Reporting it can backfire if it comes off as petty squabbling to senior people. It’s also not clear that reporting misconduct often ...
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The number of ‘review invitations accepted' reduced?

I have a paper submission to Elsevier. It's a revised re-submission after one round of review. I got review feedback from 2 reviewers in the first round review. So for our re-submission I suspect the ...
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What does this kind of ”Decision Pending“ mean? [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript to Talyor Francis and it went to “Decision Pending” directly after the “With Journal Administrator” stage. Is it likely to be rejected? author dashboard screenshot Thanks a ...
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Pages and lines in a paper. What does the reviewer mean?

Recently the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly informed me that I should revise my paper according to suggestions of the reviewers. The problem is that the second reviewer suggests something ...
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Is a reviewer allowed to delegate their peer reviewing task to someone else?

I know that peer reviewing is yet another way for the publishing industry to get more stuff for free. However, I have been wondering lately if a person, who has signed up as a peer reviewer at a ...
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Potential Plagiarism by a reviewer (that we recommended to PC chair)

I recently submitted a paper to a conference and received four positive reviews and one negative review. The negative reviewer did not want any discussion on the paper, so we contacted the program ...
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What is the reasoning behind putting table and figures at the very end of submitted papers? [duplicate]

Sometimes papers I receive for review will not have the tables and figures placed in the text body where the are referenced, but instead at the very end after the bibliography. I personally find that ...
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How long do you ideally spend on reviewing a journal submission as a reviewer? [duplicate]

I am new to volunteering as a peer reviewer for a journal. I want to be helpful to the authors, but recognise that my time is valuable. I'm just wondering, how do you think about limits to time spent ...
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How do you validate the credibility of arXiv cited papers in IEEE conferences?

As a reviewer, should I point in the comments that, "I" think it is not right to cite a paper that is not peer reviewed -- arXiv papers, rather, cite a closely related/relevant peer reviewed ...
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Should I recommend a reviewer that I have no contact with?

I've received an invitation from an editor of a journal to review an article. After a brief reading, I've determined that the article's scope is beyond my area of expertise, leading me to decline the ...
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Why sometimes a paper containing old references is considered not ready for publication and sometimes not?

I was wondering if there are research papers that have references that are old (i.e., ten or more years old) and reviewers of those papers have recommended acceptance, but when you want to publish a ...
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How to Prevent Peer Review Misconduct under Time Constraints

In peer-reviewed computer science conferences, there is typically a strict schedule for peer-reviews, e.g., by when to submit reviews, during which period should reviewers discuss. Question: As a ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

I have seen many journals that refuse to even see the revision of a manuscript once it was rejected. But here is the thing: Reviewers provide recommendations to what should be changed; editors then ...
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How to write a review for an obviously bad article? [duplicate]

I have almost no expierence writing reviews and was recently asked (by an established publisher) to review. The review is completely free-form. The article is just gibberish. I cant even understand a ...
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Should we act as gatekeepers of the journals based on their reputation?

Initially in my career, when I was sent an article to referee my decision to reject/approve used to be influenced on how "good" the journal was (IF, SciMago's Q). I.e.: if the article was ok ...
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Concerns after Submitting Abstracts to a Special Issue

I am a PhD student in social sciences, currently based in the UK. I came across a CfA from a special issue published by an esteemed US university Press last month, which was quite relate with the ...
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Success of Aggressive Rebuttal Strategy

I have observed that in rebuttals (conference and journals) the author-side is usually very polite, positive, and submissive. Some phrases I commonly read are "Thank you for the detailed ...
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Revision without reviewer comments [duplicate]

Last year october, i have submitted one of my review paper to a reputed journal in springer.On march i received a mail saying that a minor revision is required along with reviewers comments.I have ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own? [duplicate]

In short, I'm wondering how likely is the following sequence of events. The context is research in pure mathematics. A researcher submits a paper containing new results for review in a journal in ...
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What is a “proper systematic order listing”?

I have a paper under review at a journal, and in it I have included a table of all of the species which exhibit a particular behaviour. Species are grouped by Order, and then family, and then species. ...
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Should I wait until after peer review to apply for a change of authorship?

My boss submitted my paper to a journal, but he seemed to make a mistake when he entered the authors' names in the submission form. Another one was registered as the first author, so I'd like him to ...
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Can my former PhD supervisor publish my research work without my permission? [duplicate]

I have been working as a research assistant at one of the U.S universities for 4 year. Generally, I was not in a good relationship with my PhD supervisor. After the graduation, I found that my PhD ...
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Should I send an email to the editor-in-chief regarding the delay in receiving the editor's decision for my submitted research paper?

I submitted my research paper to a Springer journal called Electrical Engineering a few months ago. After exactly three months, I received a major revision, and the editor gave me 14 days to send back ...
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What is the workload like when being a volunteer reviewer for NSF?

For those of us who have volunteered to review grants for the NSF, what was it like? E.g., How much time did it take for you? How many proposals were you asked to review? How long were the proposals ...
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How long to wait (already over 14 months of waiting) before being firm

I submitted a book manuscript to Springer. They accepted the project, I signed the contract and they told me over 14 MONTHS ago that they'd send it for peer review and be in contact with me in due ...
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Potential overlap in manuscript revision with later submission

My group submitted a paper with journal A and it spend a really long time in review, the editor seemingly had a lot of trouble finding suitable reviewers. There was a revision about half a year ago. ...
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What to do when a math paper “under review” contains a true but not clear step in a proof?

A few weeks ago, I submitted a mathematical paper in which the main proof contains a sentence that says: “by X and by Y, then Z is true”. It turns out that, luckily, the sentence is true. However, it ...
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How to react being the 6th reviewer of a first submission to a renowned journal? [duplicate]

Recently I was asked to review a paper for a renowned engineering journal of IExx. After all reviewers submitted their comments, I downloaded the review PDF with all commments and learned the ...
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Where to report research misconduct discovered in published papers? [duplicate]

If someone, without any academic affiliation or academic job, encounters scientific misconduct such as manipulated images, misinformation, and errors in the academic literature, what should they do? ...
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Should the first editorial board position be a "big shot"?

I was recently invited to join the editorial board of a Wolters Kluwer journal. The journal is decent and publishes 4 issues per year. It has been in the field for about 15 years. The journal is China-...
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submitting article with currently no access to data used

Say one works on a scholarly article with data that were available at her institution. Then, she leaves the institution (data is no more accessible), but wants to submit her article to a scientific ...
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Should there be consequences or penalty when such mistakes published?

These days many people use GPT, but to what extent should it be used, and how come journals and many authors do not check the papers they publish? I am having a really hard time publishing my papers ...
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Can I not pay the APCs in IOP? They offer only open-acess

I submitted my paper in IOP-MRX without knowing it only offers open-access. It went through peer review and got accepted. When I received the email for paying APCs, I requested a waiver from the ...
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what does this status mean please? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal and it was under review for 2 months but now the status changed to reviewers assigned then it became under review .. what does that mean please
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How to tactfully (and constructively) discuss language issues when writing a referee report

Recently I read an article (Prestigious journals make it hard for scientists who don't speak English to get published, study finds) stating that there appears to be minimal effort in a wide swath of (...
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Should I review for a journal that charges authors excessively? [closed]

This is a follow-up/correction of this previous question (which I cannot alter since it has been answered, but was advised to ask a new question instead). Of course, journal publication has its costs, ...
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Better to mention a paper as "under review" on the CV, or provide a paper's arXiv link (on the CV) to a selection committee?

I have a research article (a large work that lasted years) that just went "under review", in a well-regarded journal. More or less at the same time, i.e. in around 1 week, there will be the ...
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Short comment paper - time to review Vs urgency of the topic

Several weeks ago, I submitted a comment paper/policy brief of about 800 words to a journal. The paper critiques frequent reports published by major international organizations, which I believe ...
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publishing a paper in a journal with different scope

Several times I have read papers published by the journals where the scope of the publishing journal is totally different (if you consider the scope of the journal as it is explained in their homepage....
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Should I review for a journal charging authors?

One of the main journals in my field has recently switched to 100% open access, and charges an article processing charge (APC) of about 2500 ($/€/£). For some researchers this is automatically covered ...
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Is it OK to provide referees report from round 1 to a new referee in round 2?

In a referee report from round 2, a new referee (ref C) mentions conclusions from round 1 reports (from ref A). Is it a common practice to provide the reports from previous rounds to a new referee? I ...
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Why does the status of my manuscript keep changing? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a philosophy journal published by Springer. It has been 6 months since I submitted but the status keeps changing. It went under review for 2 days (after going through a ...
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Conflict of interests of reviewing paper if I have talked to the author

I found an interesting poster during a workshop, and I had an engaging communication with the authors (even in a banquet). They told me that their work was just submitted to a journal. Quite ...
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How is the “quality scale” defined in the journal Frontiers in Oncology? [closed]

After submitting my manuscript to Frontiers in Oncology, I recently received feedback. The comments were overall minor, but I am concerned about the quality assessment provided at the end: QUALITY ...
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