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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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Got rejected with limited scientific validity

I recently submitted an abstract to a conference and got accepted. However, the full paper to be included in the proceedings has been rejected by just one reviewer with a comment of "manuscript of ...
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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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General considerations about sharing referee reports

I have occasionally noticed that an author chooses to share publicly referee reports from a journal, usually because they are feeling aggrieved about a rejection. I also know that now and then people ...
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What is scholarship score in paper review?

I got paper reviews and I found there is an item scholarship, Can anyone tell what is scholarship score mean in paper review?
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CS Conference paper reviews, decision and supervisor issue [closed]

I have submitted one research paper in a famous Top rank conference, my main supervisor was not happy to submit because he thought it will be rejected and still needs to be improved but my co-...
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Any suggestions for a rapid publish journal in material science? [closed]

I am looking for a rapid publish journal in material science, environmental science or electrochemical science, open access journals are OK. This is so weired that my defense committee requires me 3~...
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How important is the orthographic/typographic rigor? [closed]

Science and Orthographic/Typographical Errors Some people appreciate the attention of the other to correct their orthographic/typographical errors. Others find it uncool to just point formal errors, ...
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Identity of a supposed anonymous referee revealed through “Description” of the report

I received a referee report from a journal (with single blind peer review policy). If that matters, the journal uses "Editorial Manager" system. By clicking on "View Attachments", one can see 5 ...
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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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Typo errors in a submitted paper

I have submitted a paper 3 weeks ago for a good journal + conference and I just figured out that there are small typo mistakes. It is very disappointing as I have made a great effort (who does not) to ...
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Interaction with peer- reviewer

I received a peer review of my research paper. I answered the question arises there in comments. I didn't find such details of the reviewer to give information about some question arises in peer ...
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The concept of solid when it is used about the contribution of a paper

My Question: What does it mean when the reviewer wrote the following sentence The contribution is quite solid Thanks in advance
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Could a manuscript be under review even if the AE was not assigned?

There are three things written on the journal’s home page: EIC (editor-in-chief), AE (associate editor) and ADM (administrator). The EIC is assigned, whereas the AE and ADM are not. The status is "...
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What is the correct etiquette when one would like to include the alternative proofs supplied by the reviewer

Sometimes when one receives referee's reports, the referee supplies alternative proofs for the results of the paper. Sometimes the supplied proof is much shorter and more elegant than the original ...
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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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Elsevier journals peer review record

A few months ago, I found a web app that showed statistics on my experience as a reviewer, especially with respect to Elsevier journals; it just displayed the number of referee reports I had submitted,...
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Minor Revision with suggestion of an alternative proof by reviewer

I submitted a paper to a mathematical journal, and recently received a Minor Revision decision from the Editor. One of the reviewers suggested an alternative and much simpler proof to my main theorem. ...
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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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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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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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What to do when the claims in a paper are proven to be wrong?

What can be done to correct an error that might be hiding a certain author's sole purpose of publishing a paper, no matter the soundness of their method? In a nutshell, the particular case that ...
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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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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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Make changes to (my own) already published IEEE paper?

The initial copy of IEEE paper that I had submitted required some changes which the conference convenor requested after reviewing. So I made the changes and submitted again but the convenor ...
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Appropriateness of a second-authored article in external review file for tenure

I am wondering what others thought of including a second-authored article being included in an external reviewer file for tenure review in the health sciences. This is my second tenure review, since I ...
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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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I've found what appears to be a fake paper in a non predatory journal

I received a paper for review from MathReviews (so, not an actual peer review). It is from a journal with Q2 classification according to Scimago, so I expect it to not be a predatory journal, ...
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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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Probability of acceptance when editor requests “major revisions” but one reviewer recommended “full rejection”

I recently received reviews on a paper that I submitted to an Elsevier journal, with 2 reviewers. One had some minor comments and recommended minor revisions, while the second reviewer recommended ...
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Does the reviewer ever get the same manuscript twice?

Consider the scenario where an author sends his paper to Journal A. Journal A then sends the paper to reviewer X and the reviewer rejects the papers. After rejection, the author send his paper to ...
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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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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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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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In a peer review system, what does “accepted for first look” mean for a submission?

As the title puts it, what is the real meaning of this stage of a peer reviewing process and how are the odds for having a submitted paper accepted change if it's accepted for this stage? (Does it ...
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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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Is it worth creating a profile with Publons?

I had a look at the publons webpage, a website for tracking academics such as peer review, editorial contributions etc. They claim that it could be used for promotions and funding. Being a Ph.D. ...
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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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Is there a free (as in freedom) alternative to Publons

I have just reviewed for a journal that allows me to transfer my information to Publons. It seems Publons is a relatively new thing with limited uptake. It also seems like the type of thing that would ...
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How to become a peer-reviewer?

I am in an interesting situation, I have a masters degree in electrical engineering but have been working as a software engineer for about 10 years. I have a lot of interest in doing peer reviews and ...
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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 ...