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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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What to do if the editor's decision is not in your favor?

I had recently developed a method and submitted as a manuscript to a journal. Out of four reviewers, three accepted the method and asked for some clarifications about the method:- 2 with major ...
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Should I tell an editor that I believe an article I'm reviewing is not good enough for the journal?

Here's the scenario: I was asked to review an article for a given journal. I did, the authors addressed my comments/corrections, and now the manuscript is back with me for a second time to review the ...
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Are there publicly agreed-on standards or definitions of what constitutes peer review?

It seems like a very difficult problem to discern whether a "peer-reviewed" journal is reputable. When a journal claims to be peer-reviewed, is there a commonly-agreed-on definition of what this means?...
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Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals?

Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals? I am suspicious that it may violate the double blind review requirements and I couldn't find ...
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How to react to unfair reviewer comments?

I'm in a situation where my paper is accepted conditionally, thus I need to revise it in some way as stated by the reviewers. While two reviews were encouraging and mostly constructive, the third ...
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Definitions of IEEE RAS review “dimensions”

When reviewing for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, you are asked to rate the submission on the following qualities: Originality of concepts Theoretical contribution Technological ...
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Question regarding the review process in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia [duplicate]

I looked over previous questions similar to this topic but did not find any answers I appreciate if anyone has a similar experience: I submitted my paper to IEEE transactions on multimedia more than ...
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How important is the orthographic/typographic rigor? [closed]

Science and Orthographic/Typographical Errors Some people appreciate the attention to have their orthographic/typographical errors corrected/pointed out. Others find it uncool to just point formal ...
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Is it safe to use up all the words available in a word count limit when submitting a journal article?

Let's say that a journal article submission wordcount limit is 10,000 words. Does this mean that only really awesome or important submissions should be over 9,500 words? Or any article can be at 9,999 ...
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Is it rude to ask the associate editor about manuscript status for second time?

About six months ago I submitted a paper in one of the very reputed IEEE Transactions. I have observed from different papers published in that journal that the average time for receiving the first ...
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Is doing research alone and publishing solo frowned upon by colleagues and superiors in engineering sciences? [closed]

Research has become more and more complex and difficult to be successfully conducted by a single person. However, there are fields (such as some branches of engineering) in which a researcher can ...
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Basic paper outside area of expertise: reject or decline?

It sometimes happens that I receive referee requests for theoretical papers which deals with the same phenomena I do in my research, but from a totally different specific theoretical starting point. I ...
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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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Conflict of interests and the assignment of referee for a very narrow field

Consider a very small scientific field with three major contributors and a total of 15 authors, all of them had coauthored with everyone else. In this field how could the editor choose referee for ...
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Why do reviewers need to be selected again for a revised paper?

I submitted a paper to a marketing journal and the reviewers recommended a major revision and a minor revision. I had to shorten the text and get professional help for proofreading. I addressed the ...
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Ethics questions concerning a referee assignment

Asking this question here as it was suggested in one of the comments from MO. I recently refereed a paper that I returned to the author(s) for revision. The thrust of their argument relied on a claim ...
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I read online that one should wait at least 1.5 months before submitting a revised article. Is this advisable? [closed]

Otherwise the editor and the reviewers will think that one's work was rushed. Do you concur?
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What is the threshold for a software paper to be publishable?

I've been asked to referee a paper about a software tool. I'm struggling with whether this particular work is sufficient to warrant publication. The journal I'm reviewing for doesn't have a "...
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Should I refer to the line numbers in the PDF generated by the submission system?

When you refer to your revisions in your revision submission, should you refer to line numbers in your manuscript document or the line numbers in the PDF generated by the submission system?
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My R01 application was re-assigned to a study section that doesn't seem like a good fit (NIH)

I submitted my first ever R01 application a few weeks ago and indicated that it be assigned to a specific study section (let's call it study section A). Yesterday, I received an email from the chief ...
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Citation problems, in supporting general information, what kind of paper should I cite?

A country implements the most stringent environmental regulations in a region. For a general statement/common knowledge like this, I cited a peer-reviewed journal paper, which has a similar claim ...
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Sending a manuscript to editor of journal before submission to journal

I submitted my manuscript to two journals online (not at the same time). During the process of submissions I was asked to determine the editor and I selected the same editor in both journals. Need to ...
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Reviewer wants me to do massive amount of work, the result would be a different article. Should I tell that to the editor?

I received a major revision decision. But it is a strange one: Reviewer 1 loved my article, called it excellent and recommended publication with very, very minor comments against it. Reviewer 2 ...
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Asking an academic for a cursory look at a paper

Suppose that Alice has a PhD but then left academia more than a decade ago. Alice has written a short paper on a topic unrelated to her thesis. Suppose moreover that : the paper has been submitted a ...
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Is Notes and Queries peer-reviewed?

Notes and Queries is a very famous and very long-running humanities journal, noted for its pioneering question-and-answer format. It's spun off a number of regional editions, a series of anthologies, ...
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Fairness of assigning different reviewers for final decision on paper

I recently submitted a paper to a journal. My paper came back with a reject and resubmission allowed decision. When I resubmitted the paper it went to other reviewers. Under the journal's rules, this ...
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Waiting with a lot of uncertainty [closed]

I have to choose between industry and academia (1 year left). I think the success of below two points according to me is a minimum qualification to get accepted for PhD. But I am afraid of total ...
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Response to referee after rejection

I recently had a paper rejected: both referees pointed to a unique issue with our work. One referee's criticism was fair, hence I feel the rejection decision was fair. The other referee however, ...
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Does the GDPR cover reviewer blacklists, and if so, how? [closed]

I've served as an area chair for several conferences. Following the review period, the program chairs asked the area chairs to submit to them an annotated list of problematic reviewers. Mostly these ...
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How should I treat this prior work?

I submitted a theoretical paper about new algorithms to a computer science conference. Now I found out that the most important theorem of my paper was actually proved 20 years ago (in a workshop paper ...
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Should I withdraw a submission?

I worked on a paper in computer science (CS) from half a year approximately, so I decided to send it to the JUCS journal. They kindly informed me that they were not able to find enough reviewers for ...
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How to Present an (Essentially) The Same Proof, in a Different, Earlier Working Paper, in a Present Paper?

I was requested to provide a simple proof for a side assertion made in one of my submissions. Regarding feasibility, it can be done; but the simplest proof that I came up with is already present in ...
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My accepted paper now appears as “under review” - could it still be rejected? [duplicate]

I have a paper that was accepted at a conference and in publication of conference special issues of a journal. The acceptance email stated that we will be contacted by the journal editorial office for ...
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Why is my paper “under review” if it contains no results?

I've recently submitted a paper for review for a reputed math journal. The main paper is just 2 pages (everything else being in appendix), where I setup a new problem, and the central result I had ...
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Should I be asked to serve as a peer reviewer for other universities' Pre-Proposal Support efforts?

I received a request from the sponsored projects office person at a well known university, asking me to peer review a grant proposal that was in preparation at their university. The idea was for me ...
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Paper status “Accept with Shepherd”. What does it really mean?

Recently, one of my works have received the status of Accept with Shepherd. We have received many suggestions from the reviewers. I'd like to know in more detail in which real status is my paper and ...
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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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Paper unknowingly describing technical bias as if it was a biological phenomenon of interest

Let’s take a very hypothetical situation. Suppose that a scientific journal (let’s use Scientific Reports for the sake of the example) recently published a paper that seems to be completely off track. ...
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Is copy-editing/typesetting the only step in the publishing process where someone other than the author makes changes to the manuscript?

I have not published a scientific paper before. I am trying to understand the publishing process. As far as I understand, no changes are made to the manuscript by anyone other than the author(s) ...
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Should I withdraw my paper because the editor is delaying the report?

I am clearly disheartened by the editor's behaviour: I sent a manuscript for peer review nearly three months back to an Elsevier journal with impact factor 0.625 in mathematics. I inquired about the ...
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Is it appropriate to send out a manuscript under review to a professor?

I have a MPhil and planning to start my PhD soon. I sumbitted a manuscript to a popular journal in the field. After two rounds of major revisions, the editor is requesting a minor revision now. I ...
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Giving feedback as external reviewer for grant application outside own field of expertise

Asked to be an external reviewer of a grant application, I think the proposal looks good, but I don't know the small field well, though I'm in the same big field. So it's a bit hard to write comments. ...
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Anonymous reviewer disclosed his identity. Should I thank him by name?

A "friendly" reviewer purposely disclosed his identity to me (the author) during a previous round of reviews of a paper that was not published back then. However, he helped me to make the article ...
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Are there journals that prevent authors from contacting reviewers?

This question stems from a comment to a recent question - "instructions for authors at some journal(s) stating that authors should not contact (potential) reviewers". I was wondering whether ...
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How should I refer to myself (single author) when addressing reviewers comments?

I'm referring to the detailed answer to each of their comments. For example, under each comment, which of the following is appropriate: "The author believes that...", or "We believe that...", or "I ...
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How much should I refer to an anonymous reviewer's extremely helpful revisions?

I am in the enviable position of receiving an anonymous review from an extremely knowledgable member of my academic community and am incorporating all of their excellent suggestions into my article. ...
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Should I answer a revise decision saying that I will?

Should I answer an EiC email that communicates a revise decision and sends me the reviews, saying that I will? Or just revise an upload the revised manuscript when it is ready?
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Why is peer-review for journals free of charge but not for other academic documents?

Peer-review is an important part of decision-making in academia. Journal reviewers do not get paid. BUT funding agencies pay for the same peer-review (of research proposals). OR universities pay the ...
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grant application review request [closed]

If reviewers get requests for reviewing grant applications from people they know personally, what should they do if they don't know how to comment, as the proposals are good, but don't want to quit ...
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How to review bogus science without hurting feelings?

I've been forwarded a four-page outline of some sort of "theory of everything" whose ambition is to explain just about everything in the universe in terms of particles oscillating in and out of some ...