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

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Does it have a bad effect on my career if I publish in Frontiers journals?

Recently, one of my articles has been accepted in Frontiers. At first, I thought, Frontiers' journals are reputable and they acted like a reputable journal by just assigning an associate editor and ...
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When to reject a manuscript for publication?

As a reviewer, when would it be appropriate to reject a paper (rather than recommend "major revision") for publication? I am interested in views from seasoned reviewers/editors who served for journals ...
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How to response to the editor for a minor suggestion given by the reviewer via a formal letter?

I submitted a paper and after about five months the editor sent an email: "I have decided that your manuscript can be accepted for publication after you have carried out the corrections as suggested ...
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Pointing to problems without suggesting solutions

As a peer reviewer, I sometimes feel there are issues in the manuscript but I'm not sure how they should be corrected/addressed, partly due to my inadequate expertise in those exact issues. I also ...
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The concept of state of the art references in review of a paper

My question is that what improvement in introduction of a paper or other parts of paper the authors should do when the reviewers wrote the following sentence: The authors have missed many important ...
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Etiquette to recontact the editor when he says the he will give the news as soon as he has some [duplicate]

Assume that the last time that one has contacted the editor of a journal (about 10 months ago) to obtain the progress of submitted manuscript, the editor has said that he will give news as soon as he ...
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Is there hard evidence that the grant peer review system performs significantly better than random?

Funding agencies in academia use peer review to assess the quality of submitted grant proposals and to decide which proposals should be funded. I have some doubts that this system actually works based ...
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Waiting for an overdue review?

I have submitted my paper on 12-Jan-2019. The journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submission. The status has been changed to Awaiting Reviewer Scores in the same week I created the ...
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Asking the Managing Editor for Manuscript Update

I submitted the 3rd and final revision of my manuscript last 3 weeks ago, however, it is not yet sent for review. I know that sometimes manuscripts take time to be reviewed but this one is quite ...
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Comment of a referee [closed]

In a decision I have received from a journal about my manuscript, one of the referees has said: "The article reads as a chapter in a subject closely related to its title." It seems that this is a ...
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Outcome of journal as out of scope

I got the outcome of my paper after 2 months from IEEE Transaction. The editor said its out of scope and suggested to submit in a sister journal and he cc the outcome to the editor of that journal. ...
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Re-submission of rejected manuscript without informing co-authors

A paper we submitted was rejected without a review because of journal scope issues. After the rejection, I decided to send the same manuscript content (changed formats only according to the journal's ...
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Manuscript status changed immediately from “With the Editor” to “Decision in Process”

I submitted a manuscript in a journal (Springer) and after 3 days the status of my MS changed to "With the Editor" followed by "Decision in Process" after 5 days. My MS apparently did not undergo peer-...
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Is there any anonymous website that authors can rate journal submission experience?

Yet again one of my papers is just stuck in limbo at a journal for over 6 months now. One referee has seemingly returned his review and the second referee is playing truant. I knew this after a ...
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Can I ask for a manuscript status after I submitted a revised version?

I submitted a major revision of my manuscript on March 12th and the manuscript's status changed to "Editor Assigned" on March 19th. The journal does not allow a second "major revision," so I'm ...
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Meaning of draft status? [duplicate]

I would like to ask a question about the meaning of the status "Draft" of my submitted article in a Taylor and Francis journal?
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Is it convenient to ask the journal's editor for two additional days to complete a review?

I am assigned as a reviewer of an article for IEEE TNNLS (computer science), but unfortunately, I would be super busy during the week of the deadline. In fact, I need to submit a paper and also two ...
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Inappropriate reference requests from Journal reviewers

A journal article I submitted to a highly reputable journal has been returned with a number of revisions requested, most of which are useful and helpful and will improve the quality of the article. ...
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Dealing with a rejection from a journal

I am a post-doc in economics. I know that rejections are quite usual but I feel very sad (I think more than necessary) because of rejections. For a paper on which I worked for four years, I got two ...
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Review your own paper in Mathematics

I sent a paper to a good journal with other coauthors. Some days ago, one of my coauthors was sent an invitation to review this paper. Is this logical? I mean, has anybody of you ever received an ...
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Is your peer-reviewing service ever important for career advancement?

Recently, there have been a couple of active questions on Publons (e.g., Publons - is it a serious thing? and Is it worth creating a profile with Publons?). One of the supposed selling points is that ...
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How to evaluate the research level of a paper before any publication?

There are three differents cases when the research level of a paper must be evaluated before any publication: for author: to choose the most appropriate journal, for referee: to recommend ...
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Delayed conference review notifications

We recently submitted a paper to a large IEEE conference (ISIT 2019). We have not yet heard back from our reviewers and the dates for the same have passed (it has been a week since). Is this anomalous ...
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How should I state my peer review experience in the CV?

I've been invited to review manuscripts for two journals in my field frequently. I noticed in the first couple of cases my supervisor was the associate editor which has selected me in the process, but ...
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Can I compare my research work with another work published many years ago?

In scientific research and publishing (as I have been told ), one should compare his work with previous published works. I am intended to compare my results (working on now in 2019) to another ...
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How can I maintain my anonymity for double-blind review when building upon prior work? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the process of preparing a manuscript for a double-blind peer review journal that builds significantly upon prior work. Currently the manuscript is written along the lines of, ... ...
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What to do for a paper with a very long review process?

I have a paper submitted in an Elsevier journal. The review process has been quite long. I submitted the paper on the 20th of December 2017. After 7 months, I have received first-round reviews. It was ...
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Is it ok to include an epilogue dedicated to colleagues who passed away in the end of the manuscript?

We are writing a dedication in the form of an epilogue to honour our colleagues who recently passed away. Both colleagues have substantially changed our field and we believe they deserve to be ...
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Changing some part of the paper after getting accepted for a conference

My paper got accepted in an A* CS conference, however, the reviewers criticized several points and suggested many others. They suggested improving the method by adopting and involving other approaches ...
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How to resolve: Reviewer #1 says remove section X vs. Reviewer #2 says expand section X

I am experiencing conflicting reviews with my manuscript that recently received its reviews. The reviewer #1 wants me to delete the analysis X for the clarity and focus of my MS, while reviewer #2 ...
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Being asked to review a paper in conference one has submitted to

As stated in the title (an IEEE conference). Does this create a conflict of interest antithetical to the reviewing process? Is it possible that accepting or refusing to review could jeopardise the ...
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Citing contemporaneous (interlaced?) preprints

In my area of research distributing preprints of results is very common. Consider the following seqence of events: Group A finishes paper P, distributes it as a preprint and submits to a journal ...
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How do I response “accept (minor edits)” without suggestions? (IEEE ACCESS)

I just received a decision letter from IEEE ACCESS. The recommendation of reviewer1 is "Accept (minor edits)" and the recommendation of reviewer2 is "Reject (update and resubmit encouraged)". While ...
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How to properly claim credit for peer review?

I acted as a reviewer for a paper this year and would like to mention this in my CV. However, I would like the authors not to know that I was the reviewer before some time. At the moment, I have ...
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Zero or blank space in a table

For an article that I want to publish, I would like to report the results from a survey in a table format but I do not know if I should put Zero or just a blank space/dash (-) whenever the score/...
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Do journals allow authors to bring their own reviewers [duplicate]

Some papers are published under category "communicated by ...". Do this mean the author contact this person to review the paper instead of editorial board? My question is: do journals generally allow ...
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What is the meaning of “review is overdue”?

I have a status for my paper " a review is overdue" after 20 days of reviewing my paper, however it is mentioned in the web site that review takes 1 month. What does this means?
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Is it reasonable for authors and editor to ignore review comments without explanation?

I recently reviewed an experimental molecular biology paper for a mid-tier journal. I found the work valuable but missing some important controls, and recommended a list of major and minor revisions. ...
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Does the acceptance rate of a conference influence its reputation or rank?

Top conferences such as CVPR, ECCV, etc. typically have a low acceptance rate, i.e., ratio of accepted to submitted papers. Does this give them a high reputation or rank? For example, this year the ...
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Aggressive stalling of a publication: how do I publish?

I am unable to advance three papers written while I was a postdoc, even to submission. Two coauthors constantly stall. They send 'additional rounds' of edits, pre-submission, with minor changes, stall ...
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What makes papers publishable in top-tier journals?

What are some factors that enable some papers to be published in top-tier journals while others (apparently similar) cannot? For example, in the field of control theory, there are so many papers with ...
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Is there a celebrity culture in academia and should we discourage it? [closed]

I work in STEM, and in recent years I have been troubled by this trend in academia where certain individuals are elevated to the status of celebrities. Their appearances alone draw crowds in the ...
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What is the meaning of the terms “bimonthly”, “semimonthly” and “quarterly”?

I don't understand the following terms in a journal where I am going to publish. This is in reference to this series of journals. What is the meaning of the terms bimonthly, semimonthly and ...
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I was given to review a journal paper that overlaps with a submitted paper of ours [duplicate]

I was recently given to review a journal paper that significantly overlaps with a work that we recently submitted to a conference (about half of the contributions are the same). Any advice on what to ...
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What are acceptable citations within a research paper for a peer-review journal?

For a bit of background, I'm a non-academic, so I'm not familiar with the process of submitting a paper for peer-review or anything technical (I have learned that non-academics can submit papers but ...
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Are there apart from single, double-blind… review other common categories focusing choice/number of reviewers [closed]

A current question here reminded me on the Sokal affair/hoax initiated by physicist Alan Sokal in 1996 by publishing a nonsense article in an social journal. I am wondering whether this triggered any ...
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The variance of peer-review types across research disciplines

While I clearly encounter the fact that the preferred type/types of peer-review varies/vary across research disciplines, like pointed out in this question, I wonder which disciplines prefer which type/...
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Awaiting AE Recommendation to Awaiting AE Assignment

Paper just went to this after review. Any idea what this means in terms of the paper's status at this point?
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Reviews are in but incomplete. Is it preferable to send manuscript for revision, or wait till complete?

Let's say I'm handling a paper which has been reviewed, but the reviews are incomplete. For example: The journal needs N reviews as a policy and I only have N-1 reviews. The journal needs at least ...
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Associate Editor is our faculty member, so he/she will not handle our paper, right?

We submitted to peer-review journal that has several Associate Editors. One of them is a lecturer in our department. Thus, the editor will not assign our paper review to him/her. Do we understand ...