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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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Are contributions to the American Political Science Review labeled “Letter” peer reviewed?

I suspect that in general, they are not, but perhaps someone who knows better could clarify. However, I am looking specifically at the American Political Science Review, where contributions labeled "...
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Is it ethical to cite a reviewer's papers even if they are rather irrelevant?

We have just received reviews on a paper, and in reading through one of the "borderline" reviews, I recognized that the "voice" of the review sounded like a researcher I associated with at a ...
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Reviewing papers at a journal where your own work is currently submitted

As an editor, how appropriate do you think it is to send a referee request to an author who currently has a paper under review at the same journal (with you as the editor with final say on whether ...
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Slow peer-review process for a Major Revision

I have submitted a paper to a journal in which the reviewers have suggested some major revisions. I have submitted the revised manuscript on 27-May-2019. After the two days the status changed to ...
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How can one's career as a reviewer be ended?

In this forum, I am reading this great question (What is required of a mathematics referee?) by a user with the name mathprofessor. There is an answer by a user with the name Buffy which starts with: ...
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What is required of a mathematics referee?

To review a paper that was submitted to a good journal, what am I required to do? Must I understand everything presented in the paper? Must I check the details and verify each argument/proof? Or is ...
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Should I include TPC membership and peer reviewing on my Linkedin and CV? [on hold]

I assume the answer to this would depend on the stage of the academic world one is at. I am a final year PhD student. Also, I am talking about top conferences and top Journals (as a reviewer).
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How and why do references in academic papers work?

This question applies both to papers people write to attain a degree, as well as academic papers submitted to journals by researchers. In theory, the way science works is by building your own ...
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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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Can I ask a publisher for a paper that I need for reviewing [duplicate]

I was asked to review a technical paper for a journal at a large commercial publisher. The paper extends on another publication that is cited several times throughout the document. The cited paper was ...
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Pros and cons of writing a book review?

I am a postdoc in a biology department. I am friends with a professor in the philosophy department who is the editor of a Nature journal which publishes book reviews. A 150-page popular science book ...
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Extension work to a paper which is currently under review process : Is it good to communicate this?

I have submitted a paper for a math journal and it is currently under review for the past 4 months. Meanwhile I have come up with an important work, that directly builds on top of that paper, which I ...
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How to get (a payed?) feedback with discussion?

I try to publish a text without success. In peer-review most replies are "does not fit our journal", even though some journals gave me full referee's report (with negative opinion). I understand it is ...
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What does it mean when an editor needs additional reviews despite a status of “reviews completed”?

I have submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal. After two weeks of required reviews completed status I have sent and E-mail to the editor. He replied: Your paper is still under review. We need 1 or 2 ...
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Being in “Reviewer invited” state for 3 months, What could it say? [duplicate]

For a math journal, after 4 weeks of submission, the status went from "with editor" to "reviewer invited", and its been in that particular state for the past 3 months. If you have any editorial ...
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How can I tell if I'm being too picky as a referee?

I am a mathematician, frequently asked to referee papers. (As my career progresses, I now find myself frequently asked to referee good papers.) I have found that I've gotten pickier and pickier as a ...
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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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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 ...