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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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Is it unfair for paper circumstances to play a role in the review of the paper? [closed]

Let me say beforehand that this question does not refer to scientific correctness and treats it as undisputed, i.e. the paper is assumed correct in the sense that it clearly states a valid purpose, ...
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Manuscript status changed from Review in progress to Ready for review [duplicate]

After two months the status of the manuscript under review changed from review in progres to ready for review. I dont understand is my paper yet to be reviewed? Dont know the workflow of River Valley ...
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Why do academics perform review for free? [duplicate]

Most of the work involved in producing a journal is done by people paid at rates higher than most academics, but the those with the rarest skills, those able to review specific scientific articles, ...
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Asked to be a reveiwer after submitting to a conference

I recently submitted a paper to a conference. Within days all of my co-authors and I received an email asking us all to select (bid for) papers in the same submission stream from the conference to ...
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Does adding professors' names in the acknowledgement section influence acceptance of a paper?

I'm working on a research paper and two well-known professors have reviewed and commented on the paper. They have also accepted that their names be mentioned in acknowledgments section. My question ...
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Is it acceptable for a referee to suggest changing “theorem” into “proposition”?

In mathematics, it is usual to call terminal results "theorems" and intermediate results "propositions" or even "lemmas" depending on importance and place in the overarching proof. Suppose that one is ...
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Comparison of current work to the state of the art in a (journal) paper

My last paper evaluations in journals (rejects/major reviews decisions) emphasized I should make more clear the novelty and strengths of my work in comparison to the state of the art. Which style is ...
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More than two weeks after submission of revised paper with “optional revision-o” in scholar one manuscripts [duplicate]

I have submitted my research paper to a journal in June 2017. The manuscript had gone through two "mandatory revisions - M". Recently I got a decision; the reviewers are recommending publication with ...
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Is it plagiarism if peer reviewers use sentences from submitted manuscripts?

I have a question about plagiarism. If a peer reviewer writes a negative review of a paper and rejects it, so that he or she can use the idea of the paper in their own work is that considered ...
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Are rejections usually quick for papers submitted to journals?

When submitting papers to journals, I understand from experience that acceptance can take quite some time (on the order of several months), even when a reviewer is immediately assigned to the paper. ...
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Why there isn't provision for writing comment on published articles like social media? [closed]

Although there is system for writing comments on an article by proper submission through editorial system. But sometime, we feel need of commenting on article like; the content is very good or content ...
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Making your code publicly available: Does it have to undergo review?

In cases when the authors would like to make their code available online after it is published, is it recommended for authors to make their code available for review when they submit technical papers ...
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When would they reject a paper in case of violating the double-blind review policy?

a month ago i submitted my paper to double-blind review conference, and their notification date is one month from now. However, i had presented the work (in an abstract way) 3 months ago in a small ...
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Copyright and Plagairism Policy for Reviewers of a Rejected Paper

I've read today a paper about my research field that seems similar to my submission (rejected) to a conference. It includes ideas, some scientific elements, and concepts but is not exactly a word-to-...
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How to react to unfair criticism to my published study?

Background Few years ago, I have published an article on a peer-reviewed internationally recognized journal. My study went through an extremely sound (blind) peer-review, which allowed me to improve ...
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All Reviewers Assigned : Nature Communications revised manuscript: What does it means? [duplicate]

I have a revised manuscript which I submitted to Nature Communications. The status of the manuscript says 'Reviewers Assigned' for about 24 days. What does it mean? Is it under review by the reviewers?...
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What happens if a reviewer withdraws himself from peer review process?

I submitted my manuscript to one of the journal of frontiers groups, It has been 3 months now since the submission, in the first round of the peer review process, One reviewer gave me minor revision ...
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Ethics of/rules regarding submitting multiple presubmission inquiries

It is well-established (and typically spelled-out in journals' instructions to authors) that is unacceptable to submit a single manuscript to multiple journals for peer review simultaneously. However, ...
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Manuscript transferred from editor to editor [duplicate]

I recently submitted a manuscript for publication, and soon after received a message saying that it was "with Editor". A few days later, I received a message saying it was "transferred to Associate ...
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My potential future PhD supervisor ask me to peer review a paper

I have been working for two years after my Master and I am now looking for a PhD. I got a PhD offer from one university, met the person who would supervise me and told them I am very interested, while ...
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In how many conferences should I serve as PC member?

Three months ago, I served as a PC (=Program Committee) member in a top conference in my field (CS). Now, I was offered to serve as a PC member in another top conference. Although I found this job ...
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Referee selection : Why would an editor pass up inviting the most suitable referees?

This question is related to this one, and is dual to it in some sense. Assume PIs A and B publish a few key papers in what turns out to be a new mini-area. Their work is well received, and they ...
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Is it OK to review a paper which builds on my work?

Suppose I've written a paper which someone else (who I do not know) has built on. The new work is intimately related to mine; it would not have existed without my paper. I'm now asked to review the ...
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How far should you go in compromising your work to get it published?

To get my first paper published I carefully followed all reviewers’ instructions as I was convinced that reviewers are experienced researchers and reviewers. After major revision my first paper was ...
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Removed as Co-Author for Resubmission

I was part of a university project team, and at the end of the semester we decided to submit a review paper related to the topic of our project. Our advisers gave us feedback and made suggestions on ...
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How common is it for journal to reject a solicited paper?

A guest editor at a peer-reviewed academic journal solicited me to write a paper. I initially hesitated for lack of time. But the editor's invitation was courteous. So I sent an abstract, which was ...
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Chances of getting accepted into a conference with conflicting reviews

I submitted my paper for publication in a very good computer science conference. When I got feedback for rebuttal: I had one review that said my work wasn't relavant to computer networking in any way,...
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How to handle newly discovered problems in second and third round reviews

For the first time, I had to review a revision of an academic paper (I have already reviewed several other papers, but they were all rejected after the first round). While the authors had clearly ...
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Suggestions to turn an “accepted, pending revisions” into an “accepted”

As far as I understand "accepted pending revisions" is not the same as "submission accepted". What are some important things to keep in mind while revising the submission in order for it to be ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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Long review time for my papers?

It took 5-6 months to hear from the referee in both of my accepted papers. In my one rejection it was only a couple of weeks. I do not think it could possibly take 5-6 months to read and ...
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Reviewing experiences effects on applying process

Can reviewing experiences for top notch journals in a specific field be considered as a distinguishing and effective factor for the applying process? I've read somewhere that having a fertile record ...
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My adviser is chairing a conference, as a PhD student how can I benefit from that

My adviser is chairing an upcoming conference and I am wondering as his PhD student how can I benefit from this opportunity? Other than attending the conference itself and benefiting from that, I am ...
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After Major Revision what is the decision? [duplicate]

I submitted an research paper to Elsevier journal after 4 months i got major revision i submitting my revised paper, After one month i receive comments from reviewers. Editor letter stated that "I am ...
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Minor editorial error during minor revision. Should I notify the editor or just correct it?

I recently submitted a manuscript to a prestigious journal in my field. The manuscript is now under "minor revision" status and the reviewer only asked me to provide percentages in one of the table. ...
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Major Revision on Experiment Conducted

Context: A paper has been conditionally accepted (subject to my major revision). Main issues that have been raised by two reviewers are: The author should compare the testing times of different ...
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Recommending a paper for rejection, then publishing my own

My question is similar to this one I am an editor for a lousy paper and I found a better algorithm than theirs. Must I share it with them? although there are some small distinctions that (I think) ...
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What to do when the tools I am supposed to compare my work with are no longer maintained and functional?

Recently I got a review asking me to compare my work with a few more works in the same domain. Now in my work, I developed a tool, and have made it publicly available. I have been asked by the ...
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Is my manuscript going to be rejected? [duplicate]

After submitting my manuscript to an Elsevier journal on 22 April, it was "Under Review" until 4 May, whereby the status date changed but the "Under Review" remained. On 25 May, the status then ...
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Can nice pictures be a deciding factor?

Let's say Paper A was recently accepted by a fairly prestigious journal (the top in my subfield). Now, there is a new Paper B, half of which gives a more detailed description of an object in Paper A ...
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Journal review failure

I submitted a review paper to a well-regarded A* journal 9 months ago. After about 6 weeks, I received a request for revisions. The email contained general comments from 3 reviewers and an attached ...
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Should poor syntax in a peer-reviewed article raise a red flag? [duplicate]

I am currently reading an article and I find the syntax is very poor. The journal I got it from claims to publish peer-reviewed work but I would think that there would normally be more attention paid ...
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How should I decline a referee request for the paper which I refereed before?

I have received a referee request for a paper that I refereed and rejected a few months ago. I would like to decline the request because although the recent journal's rank is lower than the previous ...
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Should arguments based on the proponent's gender be used in a grant proposal?

Recently I have reviewed a project from a female proponent. Among the scientific content there was a section about the under-representation of women in a specific field - saying that, on top of all ...
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Subreview papers, to what extent?

I am about to defend my PhD thesis in computer science and so far I have being asked to subreview 5 or 6 papers of different conferences. At the beginning, it was exiting because it was a new ...
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Sending the same proposal to multiple funding agencies

I am planning to submit a proposal for possible funding. There are three sources of funding I can apply for, and unfortunately the evaluation periods all three overlap. Typically there exists an ...
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Should a reviewer trust promises made in the rebuttal?

Many Computer Science conferences offer a rebuttal phase, and it often does not require the authors to upload an updated version. Instead, the authors clarify things and many also make promises. What ...
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Are there any implications about review paper acceptance if the proposal has been accepted?

So I recently submitted a proposal to a prestigious review journal. To my excitement, the proposal was accepted, and the journal has invited us to write a full review. Now the official policy of the ...
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How to cite a published review report of a journal article?

I found an interesting idea that was discussed in detail in a published reviewer report on an article in journal X (an open peer review journal) and I want to mention it in my manuscript. How to ...
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Should I change my proposed solution for paper rejected because of lack of novelty or originality?

From my understanding of the reviewers' comments, it means our proposed solution adds nothing new to the body of knowledge even if we get better results than the state-of-the-art work. The reviewers ...