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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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Reviewing paper (probably) written by mentor?

I am a grad student reviewing papers for a small workshop at an upcoming conference. I am fairly certain one of the papers assigned to me is written by my direct research mentor, with whom I'm doing ...
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Which journal to choose for publication? [closed]

I would like to hear an expert opinion about the journal quality. I am choosing a journal to submit my manuscript, and came across journal A, never really heard of it and have no colleges ever ...
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How does having a new journal editor impact likelihood of acceptance? [closed]

I recently submitted an article to a journal whose EIC, who had been there for ~8 years, ended their term and a new EIC took over the journal while my draft was undergoing peer review. This is a top ...
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Handling cases of "potential" ChatGPT-generated reviews in non-anonymous program committees (as a PC member)

I am currently serving on the program committee (PC) of a top-tier venue in computer science. Every paper is reviewed by 3-4 PC members; then, the authors can then see the reviews and respond with a &...
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The number of ‘review invitations accepted' reduced?

I have a paper submission to Elsevier. It's a revised re-submission after one round of review. I got review feedback from 2 reviewers in the first round review. So for our re-submission I suspect the ...
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Review not needed after review

After reviewing a paper 1 month ago, I received the following email: "It has since become clear that I will not need you to review the submitted manuscript at this time." Has anyone ...
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Do published articles go through detailed check? And often require a extra data to be submitted

I have published a paper and one month after publication my supervisor is telling me that I should prepare a bunch of statistical tests for that published paper, even though usually in my area (...
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What is the best way of citing a colleagues not yet given conference presentation?

I am finishing a paper and will probably submit within the next month or so. I would like to cite the upcoming conference presentation of a colleague (wich will also be published as a conference paper ...
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Is a reviewer allowed to delegate their peer reviewing task to someone else?

I have been wondering lately if a person, who has signed up as a peer reviewer at a journal (or multiple), can then delegate their duties to someone else (think senior scientist tells lower level ...
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How should a manuscript "cut in parts" be evaluated?

This concerns some mathematics papers submitted for review. Essentially, I have received requests from two different journals asking me to referee papers, which are parts 2 and 3 of a sequence; ...
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Do authors normally check their own papers for plagiarism?

I was recently asked to review a paper (for a very reputable journal). In the cover letter, it says "This paper has been checked with turnitin to ensure there is no similarity to other papers." I ...
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A platform for collaborative research projects?

This question may sound unusual but I'm have been searching for a while now for a platform for collaborative research projects? The concept here is simple. Experienced researchers sign up and verify ...
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How does author-initiated peer review differ from double blind peer review?

Some journals (example) today ask the authors to initiate a peer review rather than initiating a blind peer review themselves. Are these articles different in terms of quality and bias? Are these ...
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Long Delay from Springer Journal: Should I Continue Waiting or Seek Alternatives? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a Springer journal 13 months ago. Each time I inquire about the status, I receive the same response: "The paper is currently with the editor for evaluation and the ...
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Would a journal paying money for reviews, with open access and ad-based revenue, work?

I am considering developing a new journal, with an innovative publishing method, and would love to hear some insights. The main concept is to change the review process. I would like to have a extra ...
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How do I become a peer reveiver in a journal [duplicate]

I have masters and have been working for 5 years. I have 1 paper published where I am in the list of contributors, basically not the first or second author. I have 2 other papers in the process where ...
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Do mega-journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, BMJ Open, Sage Open, ...) have longer peer review durations?

We recently discussed mega journals (PLOS One, Scientific Reports, SAGE OPEN, BMJ OPEN, ...) in our group. One member argued that said journals have longer peer review and processing times than field-...
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Aggressive stalling of a publication: how do I publish?

I am unable to advance three papers written while I was a postdoc, even to submission. Two coauthors constantly stall. They send 'additional rounds' of edits, pre-submission, with minor changes, stall ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

We submitted a manuscript to a well-known journal. The first round of reviews came in 6 months later. We revised, resubmitted in about 3 weeks (they gave us two weeks to r&r) and we got a new, ...
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Conflict of interests of reviewing paper if I have talked to the author

I found an interesting poster during a workshop, and I had an engaging communication with the authors (even in a banquet). They told me that their work was just submitted to a journal. Quite ...
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Polarizing paper "almost good enough", but no revision offered

For several years, I've been trying to publish a specific line of research, without success. Rejections are common in academia, so the lack of success is not surprising. During peer review the ...
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Should I list my work as a frequent journal reviewer as a volunteer work in LinkedIn?

I am a frequent reviewer for a particular (computer science) journal, and I wonder if the review work I do counts as a "volunteer" work? I do already list this work in my CV under (PROFESSIONAL ...
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How do you validate the credibility of arXiv cited papers in IEEE conferences?

As a reviewer, should I point in the comments that, "I" think it is not right to cite a paper that is not peer reviewed -- arXiv papers, rather, cite a closely related/relevant peer reviewed ...
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How can I get a job reviewing math or comp sci articles and books in advance of publication?

I spend a great deal of time identifying and figuring out how to fix mistakes in published papers and specialized books. Time and time again an author's careless error has sent me down a rabbit hole. ...
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What to do if the corresponding authors do not share the referees' response?

My PhD advisers and I have an under review paper in a top tier journal. Recently, I received an email from the chief editor of the journal informing us that the paper has been reviewed and they ...
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When is it worthwhile to report academic misconduct of a referee?

Sometimes academics become aware of misconduct of other academics. Reporting it can backfire if it comes off as petty squabbling to senior people. It’s also not clear that reporting misconduct often ...
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Can you share you got a Major Revision on LinkedIn?

I recently got my first Major Revision and I would like to share the good news, but I'm not sure if there is a non spoken rule that you shouldn't be publicly sharing that info during the review ...
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What does this kind of ”Decision Pending“ mean? [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript to Talyor Francis and it went to “Decision Pending” directly after the “With Journal Administrator” stage. Is it likely to be rejected? author dashboard screenshot Thanks a ...
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Pages and lines in a paper. What does the reviewer mean?

Recently the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly informed me that I should revise my paper according to suggestions of the reviewers. The problem is that the second reviewer suggests something ...
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public opinion about published articles

As a young scientist I find it increasingly difficult to filter out the good vs not-so-good research publications. Especially given the number of publications that get published every day. Reports on ...
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Are there major non-APS/AIP journals that do not practice confidential peer review?

One of the things that I think is particularly notable about the Physical Review journals (and other journals published by the American Physical Society and/or American Institute of Physics) is that ...
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Potential Plagiarism by a reviewer (that we recommended to PC chair)

I recently submitted a paper to a conference and received four positive reviews and one negative review. The negative reviewer did not want any discussion on the paper, so we contacted the program ...
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Why do some journals want figures at the end?

This is one question that probably has an archaic answer. I recently reviewed a paper for a journal that stuck all the figures at the end (with placeholders in-text). Where I publish, we typically ...
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Is it normal that the editor says "the referee report is for editor's eye only so I cannot share it with you"?

I recently receive an editorial letter that is unwilling to share referee reports. The letter explicitly mentions the existence of such report but the editor don't want to send it to me. Is not ...
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Should I recommend a reviewer that I have no contact with?

I've received an invitation from an editor of a journal to review an article. After a brief reading, I've determined that the article's scope is beyond my area of expertise, leading me to decline the ...
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What is the reasoning behind putting table and figures at the very end of submitted papers? [duplicate]

Sometimes papers I receive for review will not have the tables and figures placed in the text body where the are referenced, but instead at the very end after the bibliography. I personally find that ...
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Can I contact the author as a reviewer?

In my field (chemistry), the authors are known to the peer reviewers. A critical point is vague about a manuscript I am reviewing; it can be rejected or accepted based on this point. Can I directly ...
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How long do you ideally spend on reviewing a journal submission as a reviewer? [duplicate]

I am new to volunteering as a peer reviewer for a journal. I want to be helpful to the authors, but recognise that my time is valuable. I'm just wondering, how do you think about limits to time spent ...
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Should we act as gatekeepers of the journals based on their reputation?

Initially in my career, when I was sent an article to referee my decision to reject/approve used to be influenced on how "good" the journal was (IF, SciMago's Q). I.e.: if the article was ok ...
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Can I update the search of a systematic review at revision?

I have recently received peer review on a systematic review after six months, with revisions requested. This is on a dynamic subject with significant literature published since. I re-screened the ...
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How to convince co-authors it is unethical to include false research citations in "working paper" being submitted to a conference?

I'm third co-author on a paper that was re-submitted for publication after primary author redid data analyses when I discovered that our original data had been significantly flawed. A month or so ...
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Why sometimes a paper containing old references is considered not ready for publication and sometimes not?

I was wondering if there are research papers that have references that are old (i.e., ten or more years old) and reviewers of those papers have recommended acceptance, but when you want to publish a ...
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Does suggesting potential reviewers for one's submitted paper increase the likelihood of the paper being accepted?

Some journals propose authors to suggest potential reviewers for their submitted papers. Is there any research/study/survey that tried to quantify to what extent suggesting potential reviewers for ...
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Should I be concerned when an editor tells me that I have the final say about the paper he sent me to referee?

I have been asked to referee a paper for a middle-tier physical science journal. I have reviewed for this journal many times before, although it was several years since I had gotten a paper sent to ...
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Can I revise a part of the paper that the reviewer did not mention?

I received a major revision recently. However, as I was making revisions, I realized that my first draft from a few months ago is badly organized and poorly written. I want to make some changes to a ...
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How to interpret reviews that focus only on grammar mistakes but a decision of "consider after major changes"?

I recently received the reviews for an article I submitted a few months back to a journal. Reviewers did not comment on the results proved; i.e., they did not indicate the presence of any errors in ...
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Is "ghosting" a reviewer's suggestions common behavior during revision of a manuscript?

This is an issue I have run into multiple times as a reviewer on a paper. During a manuscript review I pointed out several areas of concern. Some of these are methodological issues but in other cases ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

I have seen many journals that refuse to even see the revision of a manuscript once it was rejected. But here is the thing: Reviewers provide recommendations to what should be changed; editors then ...
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How to Prevent Peer Review Misconduct under Time Constraints

In peer-reviewed computer science conferences, there is typically a strict schedule for peer-reviews, e.g., by when to submit reviews, during which period should reviewers discuss. Question: As a ...
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Does Iran's sanction play a pivotal role in rejecting papers from a journal?

After 1.5 years of hard work on a project, my former supervisor sent our paper to a journal. After about 10 hours, they sent the following response: After careful internal editorial consideration ...

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