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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 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 ...
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How long does it take for the first round review of physical review letters?

I am wondering how long it takes for the first round review for physical review letters (PRL) on average. I have three referees. One of the referees returned the report in 4 weeks. But the other two ...
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Is it okay to mention we're citing an article only because a reviewer told us to?

In a recent review, one reviewer said we must rework the paper in light of two other papers. One paper was a highly valuable suggestion, and we've enthusiastically taken it on board. However, the ...
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Suggesting my own paper when serving as a peer reviewer

I am reviewing a survey paper in a good journal, where the paper missed important papers in the field including my previously published articles. I plan to suggest a rejection due to this serious lack,...
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Register in IEEE A ranked conferences - Student or full registration?

I am trying to follow up with the instructions to register my paper for the conference. However, the system is not allowing me to finish the process. I just emailed the editor and he answered after ...
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Could a paper be rejected due to poor quality of figures?

I recently saw a paper (biological sciences, genomics) that had such poor figures that made consider if I as a reviewer could have suggested rejection based on that. Issues in said paper: i. 3D-...
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How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid?

A reviewer declines to review a paper because he wants to be paid. Some time later, this reviewer submits a paper to the journal (or to another journal who's aware of what happened – very possible ...
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Unpublished paper with published followup gathers citations: should it be published?

A few years ago I wrote a paper with three collaborators, where we introduced a model to describe a specific phenomenon. In the end we were not fully happy with the result, so we wrote it up, put it ...
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How to include text intended only for reviewers in main manuscript submission?

When I submit papers using blind review, I sometimes need to include text to reviewers that is not intended for the actual publication. For example, Sometimes I include a URL to the OSF that has ...
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What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

As a publisher, every now and then I saw reviews which are so good, I thought I should thank the reviewer with something more than "thanks". What can a publisher offer that will actually be useful? ...
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How can I provide a great external evaluaton of a faculty member's promotion and tenure case?

I recently received an email asking if I would be willing to evaluate a colleague's application for promotion and tenure. We are both at R1 universities in the US. According to the guidelines, I am ...
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A text which is not a draft, but expected to be updated - upload to arXiv?

I've been working on a text which you could call a short monograph. Without going into details (which might lead to another question) - I'm considering posting/uploading/"publishing" it on arXiv. It'...
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Why publish in a journal instead of in arXiv or in my blog? [closed]

I don´t know what is exactly the value of publishing a high impact paper in a journal or magazine (electronic or not, open-access or not). I have several doubts about the benefits of publishing on a ...
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Should article submissions be formatted in draft format, or in the format of a particular journal? [duplicate]

Some journals do not require article submissions to be in any particular format. Would it still be better to try and copy that journals usual format, or use a generic draft format? Would you as an ...
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Should I write a rebuttal for all for the reviewers or just the rejecting reviewers?

From a computer science conference, I have received 4 reviews. Two of the reviewers have accepted the article and have appreciated the work, while the other two have given "weak reject". The ...
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What does “awaiting reviewer reply” mean? [closed]

What does "awaiting reviewer reply" mean? Is it same as "under review" and "awaiting reviewer scores"?"
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During peer-review, should I comment on the authors' messy code?

I'm reviewing a paper in pure mathematics. A lot of results in the paper depend heavily on computer computations, and the authors have provided in the article a link to the Magma code they used for ...
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Can I edit my paper after submission if I discover additional literature?

While writing my paper, I was unaware of the existence of a sequence and I named the sequence (say X). Later I found that the same sequence is already known with some other name (say Y). Currently if ...
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Do the authors have to cite or make comparisons against works on domains such as arXiv?

I'm reviewing a conference manuscript (computer science) and i found 2 other recent methods related to the same problem which were published on arXiv. So, i think it is highly recommended to compare ...
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Publishing referee reports I have written - Yes or No and How? [duplicate]

I remember reading somewhere about someone who started publishing referee reports they had written online, along with sending them to the journal (or after). Unfortunately I do not remember where I ...
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Decision Pending | Send a Reminder?

I am a 2nd year PhD student (starting my third year soon). For the past 7 months, I've been struggling with finding an appropriate journal for my (hopefully) first article. I had to deal with many ...
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Paper rejected based on “informal review” - any point in appealing?

I've recently been trying to get one of my papers published, and have come across the following issue. I started by submitting it to a fairly high-impact journal. It got three reviews, two of which ...
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Is it possible/convenient to reply to the conference PCs regarding the meta-review result of a paper?

I received the reviews related to my recently submitted conference paper and it is selected as a poster, and there is no rebuttal phase provided. So they do not expect the authors to reply the PCs ...
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Possibility of acceptance when the editor clearly states that another revision will likely lead to a rejection

I received reviewers' feedback after the first round of major revision. One reviewer recommended acceptance, but the other is still not satisfied. The unsatisfied reviewer discounted what I have ...
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Nervous about submitting a paper - what if I made a mistake?

I'm an undergraduate and I've taken part in a summer internship. Part of the internship was writing a paper based on a model we developed, which we're hoping to submit. The paper is "finished" now, ...
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Adding new results during review process

I submitted a paper to an applied mathematics journal. I have since found a way to generalize one of the results. Is it acceptable to update the paper during the first review step even if I have not ...
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VERY Slow Review process

I have submitted a paper in a journal 19 months ago and the manuscript is still under review. Up to present, I have contacted the editorial manager several times but the results have not changed. They ...
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Do people feel free to review a Festschrift as any other book?

In different fields, renowned academics are sometimes honoured with a Festschrift on the occasion of their birthday or in memory of their life. (The Festschrift contains articles by scholars close to ...
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Does simple paper take less time for publishing?

Suppose a simple to understand paper is submitted to a peer-review journal and the length of paper is also small. Suppose it takes at most 10 hours for an expert to review the paper. Then, is it ...
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Article submitted and clearly referee cannot understand basic premise-What to do? [closed]

I have submitted a mathematical investment article to a new journal (maybe two years old), based on the suggestion of the editor-in-chief, whom I had sent it to earlier, and who claimed he liked our ...
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What is the recommended level of detail for published mathematical proofs?

Suppose I am writing a Mathematics paper to a peer review reputed journal. I have to go from step 1 to step 2 in the paper which needs the knowledge of some well-established theorem X. Can I go from ...
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Do author name(s) dominate the content of the paper?

Suppose I did not publish any papers till now in reputed journals and I want to publish a paper with a novel idea. Colleagues are suggesting me to ask any expert to proofread the paper and then to ...
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How to communicate with reviewer who has waived his anonymity?

(Within the standard review process) I received review comments on a paper, one of the reviewers, say A, waived his anonymity in the review submitted to the journal (I know A personally). Now, A made ...
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Why is peer review so random?

8 Scientific Papers That Were Rejected Before Going on to Win a Nobel Prize Funding Analysis: Researchers Say NIH Grant Funding Allocation Seems No Better Than Lottery The same paper resubmitted to ...
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Publishing articles in not peer-reviewed journals

There are several important journals out there that are not peer-reviewed, such as Network Security. Do such papers provide any value for the author(s), especially for whom want to apply for a PhD ...
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Is there anything that has been tried to stop publication shopping

I find it very annoying as a reviewer when I get asked to review a paper several times as it gets submitted to different journals/conferences or, worse still, I help send it to the reject pile only to ...
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fix non-significant errors in a manuscript that is not accepted and currently under review after 1st round of revision? [duplicate]

I'm in the field of Psychology. One of my manuscripts is now under review after the 1st round of revision. However, I found one of the variables was calculated in a wrong way, the results are better ...
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How to deal with insignificant work / wrong methodology in papers, when it is discussed correctly?

I had a strange situation a few months ago: I was reviewing a paper which was on an interesting problem and the authors used machine learning to solve this problem. Unfortunately, they seemed to ...
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Compressing a huge paper for a double blind review process

Continuing How to cite a technical report for a double blind review process?, how would you proceed if your paper is acutally 53 pages long, most of it occupied by mathematical proofs, but you have to ...
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How can I get an idea on relevance of my data?

I have a lot of data from my PhD, which I believe confuses my supervisor quite a lot. Therefore, he is hesitant to publish them for now. How can I get good academic feedback on this data without ...
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Is pasting an excerpt from Wikipedia in a paper without reference plagiarism?

Assume you are reviewing a paper and discover that some general definitions therein have been copied from Wikipedia without mentioning the source. Should it be considered plagiarism or can it be ...
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Contacting journal editor asking for final decision after all reviews were submitted weeks ago?

Should I email the editor of a journal to ask for a final decision on an article when I know that all reviewers' comments were submitted weeks ago? The online article submission interface shows me ...
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Do non-native English speakers appreciate it when I carefully correct their English in peer reviews?

As a native English speaker, when I review papers I sometimes carefully go through the English and list my proposed changes, which adds a fair amount of time to the review process. The most extreme ...
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Manuscript Revision: How to include the response to reviewer comments as an attached file?

I have recently received a major revision from a journal. In the manuscript upload portal, I find only one place in the form of a text box where I could include the response to reviewer comments. But ...
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Should I submit a rejected paper as it is in some other place so that publication decision comes quickly?

I am a Phd student (thesis submitted in January 2018, not defended yet) in applied mathematics. My first paper was published in February 2018 in a tier 1 applied math journal, two other papers were ...
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As a referee, is it appropiate to ask for further details on a model extracted from another work?

I'm reviewing a work in applied mathematics, and on it, the authors work on an equation that is derived from a previous work. There is a parameter that has been chosen in a way I would like to be ...
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Conflict of interest as a referee?

I am currently collaborating with three researchers on three non-overlapping and independent research projects/papers (i.e. one with each). I have been asked to review a paper for a journal, for which ...
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How to cite a technical report for a double blind review process?

Some conferences follow the double-blind review process. As such, you cannot reveal your identity to the reviewers. Further, these conferences restrict the number of pages, say to at most 8 pages. I ...
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How to reply to unprofessional negative review from a journal? [duplicate]

Some time ago I submitted a paper to a preeminent journal, and yesterday I received the review letter from the editor. The email contained reviews from two reviewers. Reviewer 1 has been very ...
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Research paper feedback: “interesting idea but does not add scientific value”

Where is the border line between a novel, creative work and work that is of scientific value? I have received reviewer comments like: the ideas are creative and interesting but work adds little ...