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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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How to handle unprofessional negative reviews from a journal? [duplicate]

My problem is similar to this this and this question, but still slightly different. I am facing the problem that my paper was rejected form a journal (with the option to resubmit to the same journal ...
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I have been asked to change the review I gave to a paper

I rejected a paper after careful review and consideration, writing six pages to justify my decision. In less than 24 h I have received a petition to change my verdict to major changes. The rationale ...
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Editorial perception/bias regarding preprints in bioinformatics

The quality of a journal manuscript submission being equal, does posting a preprint on arXiv or bioRxiv hurt your chances of publication in a journal? I'm asking about bioinformatics, for journals ...
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What should an editor do if the authors have guessed who the reviewers are?

For whatever reason, authors are occasionally able to guess who the reviewers of their papers are. Sometimes these guesses have even gotten published: "We appreciate the very candid critical ...
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Deadline for resubmission in Physical Review E [closed]

As the title suggests, does anyone what is a typical deadline for the resubmission in the mentioned journal? As it was not specified anywhere.
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Can I use British English in an Australian conference paper?

I have written a peer-reviewed paper for an Australian academic conference. The reviews are favourable with a number of small and helpful suggestions. However, one reviewer has criticised the use of ...
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I got the same referee report from two different journals

My coauthor and I submitted our article for publication to one of the best journals in our field. After a long time of review, we got a rejection decision by the editor based on the referee report ...
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Is it normal for referees on a paper see to the names of other referees? [duplicate]

I recently refereed a paper for a journal. There were four referees, which for the field in question(number theory), is a lot, especially for a short paper in a minor journal. I recommended a ...
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Which journals make peer review history documents publicly available?

Nature Communications has had a policy since 2016 that authors are given the option to publish the peer review history of their paper. Are there other journals with the same initiative?
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Is it unethical to not able to complete a journal review within provided time ?

I was invited to review a paper from a decent journal in my field. I was provided a month to review the article. However, due to some work related commitments, I was not able to provide reviews ...
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Contribution vs. novelty in the papers, especially in computer science?

I'm a little confused about the two concepts of contributions and novelty especially when I want to clarify them in my papers (CS scope). For example, as a common practice, people talk about their ...
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Revised manuscript take too long to process

I send out my first article to be reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 and received comment from reviewer from Journal of international quantum chemistry on 13 July 1018. Problem is, I have sent in revised ...
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To what extent are reviewers influenced by other reviews?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at to what extent reviewers are influenced by other reviews? For example, ICLR 2019 published reviews publicly before all reviewers had written the ...
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Should I simply ignore it if authors assume that I'm male in their response to my review of their article?

I received a response about a manuscript I reviewed earlier, and the authors write about the reviewer (i.e., me) and his concerns. As a woman, I'm not so keen on this. Obviously this isn't ...
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The unfortunate case of a paper with extremely slow review process

One of the first papers I ever wrote has a rather unfortunate history. Mistakes were made, especially by me, and after around 3+ years the paper remains unpublished. Below is a rough timeline of how ...
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Paper accepted with no report?

I submitted a 60-page paper to a reasonable math journal (Journal of Algebra) about 6 months ago. A few days ago I received an email stating that my paper was accepted. I did not get a referee report. ...
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Examples of harmless mistakes (on purpose) in submitted papers [closed]

Some paper reviewers feel the pressure to criticize something in order to appear competent. Sometimes they feel this pressure due to huge blank form fields for criticism in the reviewing system. As a ...
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Writing High-Quality Research Papers [closed]

I have submitted a manuscript to a reputable journal, the article was rejected because it didn't pass the grammar check. The journal editor also mentioned the low quality of the figures. My ex-...
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As a reviewer, is it inappropriate to make unsolicited comments on another reviewer's comments?

I'm reviewing a paper after minor revisions, and can partially see another reviewer's comments in the response letter. The other reviewer asks the authors to do X, but the authors argue that it's not ...
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Looking for conferences / journals with non blind peer review in computer science

I was wondering if there are any computer science related conferences or journals that review their submissions publicly. So everyone can see what the authors submitted and what the reviewers ...
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A paper review I've undertaken turning out to be harder than expected

I recently agreed to review a journal paper (in theoretical computer science). After I started to read it in depth, I found out it is much harder than I expected - over 60 pages with over 20 theorems ...
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How do conferences / journals select reviewers?

When you submit a paper / manuscript to a peer-reviewed venue, the organizers usually forward your work to 2-3 other "experts in your field" to assess your work. I'm curious how this process of ...
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Submitting a paper to a new journal with responses for the rejection to the first journal

I submitted my paper in IEEE Transcations of XXX and got a rejection. But the comments were really helpful and has helped me a lot in improving the paper. But, unfortunately, I cannot resubmit that ...
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Why do some conferences have a variable amount of reviewers for each submitted paper?

Why do some conferences have a variable number of reviewers for each submitted paper? For example, I read on https://redd.it/9nomv1 that the AAAI 2019 conference has between 3 and 5 reviewers for ...
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Quoting instrument prices in a scientific paper

I’m writing my first scientific paper as a PhD student and it’s a comparison of 6 different instruments that measure precipitation. The instruments differ massively in terms of cost, and their ...
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What exactly the reviewers mean by saying “the contribution/novelty is limited”?

I sometimes receive a comment from 1-2 of my reviewers saying something similar to "the contributions and novelty of the work/method is limited". Consider it in the context of CS where you develop ...
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Should papers peer reviews be done publicly? [duplicate]

Three reviewers assessed my paper and all of them rejected it (weak reject), and to be honest I am not so mad about the rejection. One of the reviewers gave really good feedback and his arguments ...
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How to prepare a good response to referee reports when I have a weak reject and two accepts?

I received a weak reject, an accept and a strong accept from a top-tier conference in CS. So, I need to prepare a careful rebuttal response! The problem is that the weak-reject reviewer did not ask ...
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How to respond in the rebuttal phase when the reviewer's concern is a blind review issue?

I recently received the reviewers' feedback for my paper and I need to respond them in their questions in the rebuttal phase. One reviewer (who also gave me a weak reject) mentioned that one of my ...
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Why Preprints.org ignores my suggestion regarding accepting or rejecting the pre-prints? [closed]

I do some pre-publishing review and screening for Preprints.org in my field, which basically I check the submitted pre-prints based on their structure (title, authors, affiliation, structure of ...
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List of peer review platforms and social networks [closed]

I recently stumbled upon Publons, a social network of peer reviewers, with a database of potential reviewers, along with their areas of expertise, stats, and contact details. I wonder if there are ...
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Paper rejected based on one very short wrong comment

My paper is rejected based on a wrong (I am almost certain that it is wrong) comment of a single reviewer and the content is as below The manuscript focuses on the problem of "Some Technical Things"...
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Accessing previous versions of papers in EasyChair

EasyChair allows authors and chairs to "replace" previous versions of a submission. Is it possible to access previous versions? (Context: I'm interested in the extent to which EasyChair supports a ...
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Why did the editor give my peer review to another peer reviewer before their review was written?

When the editor of a paper I recently reviewed circulated the final decision letter to myself and the other reviewer, I was surprised to see that the other reviewer had apparently had access to my ...
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What can I do if the reviewers' comments on my manuscript are not correct? [duplicate]

I sent my paper to one journal, which took about 3 months to respond to me. They decided to reject my paper, and gave me some comments and reasons why my paper was rejected. The first reviewer said ...
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What should I do with a workshop paper which is peer reviewed, but only available on the workshop website?

I presented a paper in a workshop in CS. The workshop was related to a good conference, and they had a peer review system for evaluating the papers. But they do not have a proceeding and only made the ...
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Editor is asking for two referees and single column

I submitted a double columned paper to a journal and the editor returned my email with requests such as: Several formatting changes including making the paper single column, no automatic features ...
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As a referee, is it okay to ask for references to be removed?

Say I received a paper for review. Afterwards I discover that there are cited references that are not related to the discussed subject, or there are elements in the bibliography that are not ...
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Is it ethical to share a controversial reason for declining to review with other editors/journals?

This question is a follow up to How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid? Most actions by a reviewer are logged in the editorial management system, such as: Whenever a reviewer agrees ...
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Why do non-governmental organizations tend to publish non peer-reviewed “grey” literature?

Is there any reason why most non-governmental organizations (NGOs) tend to publish non-peer reviewed literature? I have seen some NGO scientists as co-authors, even in some important papers, but most ...
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The status of my paper is “Ready for Decision (30 days)”. Should I write an email and ask?

I submitted my paper in Elsevier, the status of my paper is "Ready for Decision (30 days). Should I write an email and ask why does it takes so long? Thanks
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What is the workflow of an editor in this case? [closed]

I am rather new to the academic so I am bit insecure about the whole process. I have a small question regarding the publication process. Context: Recently I submitted a paper to a physics journal. ...
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Is there a correlation between how enthusiastic reviewers are and how much impact a paper has?

If I have a paper which five reviewers agree is good, does that mean it'll probably also have high impact? Both reviewer enthusiasm and impact can be difficult to measure objectively, so I'm thinking ...
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ADM: Not Assigned Under Review [duplicate]

I recently submitted a paper to the international journal of adaptive control and signal processing Wiley. The statute of the paper is: STATUTE: ADM: Not Assigned Under Review Can someone tell me ...
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Can an article published in a non-peer reviewed venue later undergo peer review?

As we all know, once a paper has been published in some form (whether or not in a peer-reviewed format), most journals will balk at the idea of publishing it again. Does this apply solely to ...
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What happens if an author acknowledges a potential anonymous referee in the paper?

Let's say that you thank Professor X in your paper that you will submit to a Journal Y for providing you some insightful comments. It is never possible to know but let's assume that Professor X is the ...
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Is it okay to choose a non-peer reviewed research paper as Master's thesis topic?

I am interested to work and improve on one of the research papers which published on https://www.casact.org/pubs/forum/ but I found out that, research paper published on Casualty Actuarial Society, ...
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What can a person who hasn't enough time do about the unpredictable nature of the publication process? [closed]

I'm talking about a narrow sub-field of Computer Science - algorithm execution high-level simulations. However, I guess, this applies to many fields to some extent. When you are submitting an ...
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Mistake in replies to peer review

I recently submitted my replies to peer review to a journal. After submission I found out I had missed out on turning on track changes to the last part of my manuscript. Will this cause a problem? Do ...
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How to write/represent the state-of-the-art analysis in a research paper?

I have found that one of the most common remarks from the reviewers is regarding the "state-of-the-art". Especially in terms of applied research. Something like: The authors have not discussed the ...