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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When should we contact the editor to follow up on our submitted manuscript?

We have submitted our manuscript for publication on June 18, 2020. Until now, we haven't heard any decision from the journal. The status of the manuscript on the online system is 'under review' since ...
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Do reviewers get a deadline for reviewing a Paper, if yes, how much?

Do reviewers/editors receive a deadline for reviewing a paper? I wanted to know that whether reviewers/editors receive any kind of deadline for reviewing a manuscript for a journal or they are allowed ...
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How appropriate or common is it to recommend referees for your paper?

I sometimes receive review requests that says the authors have recommended me, and I know them in person but I have no COI, so I do my best to objectively evaluate their paper. Also, I do suspect some ...
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why was my paper sent to two referees instead of only one in Phys Rev A? [closed]

In my previous submissions to Phys Rev A, each paper was reviewed by only one referee. But in my last submission, it was sent to two referees. Does it mean that the editor has serious doubts about the ...
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Reviewer questioned credibility of paper and results after first revision, which led to us finding a major error. Should we revise or withdraw?

I and my team members worked on a machine learning paper to predict pass and fail on a standard academic test. The paper was submitted to a reputable journal. The first review came-back with a lot of ...
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What to do when the reviewer is wrong about your paper's scope, technically inaccurate, and clearly haven't read your rebuttals [duplicate]

You might think the title is a bit of an exaggeration, however this is exactly what has happened. Note: No, I can't find my answer on How to React to Incorrect Claims by Reviewers? as it addresses the ...
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How to deal with blinding when the new paper is a continuation of one's own prior research? [duplicate]

I wrote a paper (P1) which went through peer review and got published. The paper introduced a new graphical user interface (GUI) primitive. I then wrote P2, which extends P1, turning it into a new ...
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Cannot publish my research as I am a sole author

I am a Dr in Statistic. At my PhD journey, I developed four new ideas. During my study, I tried to publish my first paper. Therefore, I sent it to three different high-quality journals. They all ...
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Are the peer-reviewers of papers submitted to a conference that took a place in location X from X too?

Generally speaking, are the papers submitted to a conference (Scientific conference, say) that took place in region/country X reviewed by peer-reviewers in region/country X?
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Editor invited after minor revision submitted [duplicate]

According to editor guideline on springer website "Accept with minor revisions is actually a commitment to ultimately publish the paper, provided the authors answer the remaining concerns (which ...
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How to perform quality checks on a conference? [duplicate]

I want to present my paper to a conference which is related to graph and combinatorics. The problem is I don't understand the quality/reputation of the conference. The conference has a section "...
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What might be some reasons to ask to stop reviewing an article by the editor?

Recently I have been asked by a journal to review an article as a referee. I did it within 3 days, and the very next day another mail came asking me to review another article. I was reviewing it when, ...
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Finding time for the associate editor job – should one ask institute's management?

An early career researcher (ECR) is asked to become an associate editor for a reputable classical journal. Of course, no renumeration is offered. Based on the experience of other ECRs in a similar ...
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What happens if the editor cannot find reviewers?

I submitted to a journal a couple of months ago. The editorial flow is somehow quick and very transparent. I receive notifications for all events happening to the manuscript. Unfortunately, the ...
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Should peer review of conference proceedings be listed in a CV with journal peer reviewing, or should it be separate?

In my field, conferences are rarely peer reviewed. The usual categories of peer review are journals and grants. If I peer review for conference proceedings, should I list that in my CV under journal ...
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My paper was under review for two days and now is 'Awaiting AE Recommendation'. What does this indicate?

I submitted a research paper to a journal. After one day the status was EA assignment pending and after two more days it was under review. But only after two days under review the status changed to “...
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Is it acceptable, as a Reviewer, to ask the Editor about another reviewer?

I recently reviewed a manuscript submitted to a Journal. Today, I received the editor's response to the authors, which included all the reviews made by the (anonymous) reviewers. I was particularly (...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

I submitted a paper to a top tier conference and it did not get accepted. The paper contains an original idea, and I am afraid that the paper could get plagiarized between the time I send it to ...
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why do academics write peer reviews?

I do not understand what good it does them. A professor said it gives opportunity to read papers he would not read on his own. I am sure there is more to it but I do not see what they gain by ...
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In peer-review, is it common for a reviewer to be shown and asked to comment on other reviewers' reports?

Some months ago, I was asked to review a paper for a computer science conference. I submitted my report about a week before the deadline, and I strongly recommended acceptance subject to a few minor ...
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What is the benefit of review a scientific paper as a referee? [duplicate]

I got an invitation to review a scientific paper from a journal. I accepted the offer to review but was wondering what benefits I might get if I review a paper? Can I write it in my CV as I will be ...
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Why do some conferences not include the review scores in their notifications?

In my field, conference submissions are usually scored by all reviewers during the review process (for example using the following scores: 2 = accept, 1 = weak accept, -1 = weak reject, -2 = reject). ...
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As someone outside academia, how can I get my math paper peer reviewed?

I have written a math paper and I think/hope it is ready for peer review. I am 40+ years removed from academia and have no access to 'publications' but I have learned from my many re-writes and I have ...
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Can I write a referee report too fast?

As a math postdoc, I received my first invitation to referee a journal article today, and I accepted the invitation. I've already read a preprint of the submitted article (which has been available on ...
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I put a paper on arXiv and now I want to send it to a double-blind journal. What can I do?

Several months ago, I wrote a working paper and put it on arXiv. Now, the paper has improved considerably, and I would like to submit it to the American Mathematical Monthly. Their author instructions ...
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Overly long review process (>2 years) without feedback [duplicate]

We submitted a paper to a journal more than 2 years ago. After 1 year had passed without any news, I asked the editors for an update on the status of our paper, and they mentioned they were still ...
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With editor status changes to Submitted to Journal After 5 weeks [duplicate]

May I please ask what does this mean. I submitted a manuscript to an Elsevier journal, for 5 weeks it had "with editor" status, now it has changed to "Submitted to Journal". What ...
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How to address contradictory comments from two reviewers? [duplicate]

I have got reviews for a Survey paper in IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials. I have got contradictory comments from two reviewers (R-I and R-II) The first reviewer R-I says that the tutorial ...
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Scanned detailed comments for a paper review

Sometimes I find my self reviewing papers with authors who are not very capable English writers. I am a non-native speaker myself, and I know how difficult it can be to proof-read a paper in English, ...
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My manuscript status says “18 reviewers invited.” Is it a bad sign if that many reviewers were invited to review my manuscript?

So far, that is the only information given to me by the journal. I have no idea if all 18 reviewers were invited at the same time, or if one at a time. In either cause, is this a bad sign, something ...
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Delayed conference review notifications

We recently submitted a paper to a large IEEE conference (ISIT 2019). We have not yet heard back from our reviewers and the dates for the same have passed (it has been a week since). Is this anomalous ...
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Five handling editors changed in a span of 1 month. What could be the reason?

The submission system shows the name of editor assigned and the name has changed 5 times till now. Its been a month since submission. what could be the reason and does it say anything. Its a ...
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Do medical journals require the authors to upload their raw data in addition to the manuscript?

A clinical trial paper published in one of the most prestigious medical journals (The Lancet) was found by the readers to be using fabricated data. This paper had a huge effect in the world like ...
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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a computer science paper?

I am currently reviewing an interdisciplinary computer science paper which is heavily based on previous works in logistics and process engineering that have been unfortunately published only in German ...
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Should we reply to the editor after a paper has been rejected and we don't plan to revise/resubmit?

After receiving a rejection (not revise and resubmit) decision from the editor/associate editor of a journal, should we write an email to thank him/her for the time, or just do nothing? I imagine one ...
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Why don't all disciplines follow a double-blind review system?

I'm new to the journal publishing world, and I can't but help wonder why the review process isn't completely blind? By blind, I mean the reviewers don't know who performed the research or (more ...
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Are there systems to automatically blind a paper?

I am looking for systems to make a research paper blind (i.e., remove all information about authors, affiliations, maybe even anonymize self-references to previous work) and do this automatically, i.e....
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Peer-review — Can I ask to cite my already published paper that is relevant?

I have to review a paper for a journal that is on some work related to a paper I published 2-3 years ago. The authors do not cite and compare our work although they try to solve the same problem. In ...
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Recent data supported by media report, not by peer-reviewed article? [closed]

In the letter of intent for the dissertation proposal, the student reports data about the number of minority hires for x-number of program positions in the upcoming season. The source for the data is ...
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Developing a framework publication - if I have developed a new method for data extraction, can this be published in a peer-reviewed journal?

I'm new to publications, so I could use some advice. I study in the area of agricultural remote sensing, and for a graduate degree, I have developed a method of extracting data from research plots and ...
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Does posting a preprint to the arXiv reduce the chances to acceptance? [duplicate]

Depending on the submission journal, there may be some explicit rules allowing or forbidding the posting of a preprint before the peer review process is complete. However, for those journals that don'...
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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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Waiting for one more reviewer due to being unresponsive - what to expect? [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper to an Economics journal in September 2019. It was assigned to reviewers in October of the same year. When being assigned, I was told by the journal office, that the review ...
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Reject a paper based on relevant but pointless research direction

Disclaimer: this is a hypothetical question, not (immediately) related to any concrete past, present or future reviewed paper. My context is the no-fly zone between Computer Science and Applied ...
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Citation problems, in supporting general information, what kind of paper should I cite?

A country implements the most stringent environmental regulations in a region. For a general statement/common knowledge like this, I cited a peer-reviewed journal paper, which has a similar claim ...
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Having a hard time understanding reviewer's comment [closed]

I received a major revision decision from IEEE Transactions and one of the reviewer comments is as follows: "With the defined optimization problem and optimization method, wouldn't this yield a ...
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How can the reader verify the validity of the claims in a published clinical trial paper?

I am from the field of Mathematics. If you find some published articles in a mathematical journal, you can check the validity of the claimed results just by reading the proof or provide a ...
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Is the maintainer of a database a good or bad reviewer in principle?

I have used a large database comprising the equivalent of about 10 studies. Would the researcher in charge of this database be a good peer reviewer? As an editor, would they be a good selection? On ...
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How does peer review assess the validity of experiments carried out? [duplicate]

In a research paper scientific experiments are carried out and their results recorded. Anybody can just fabricate experiment data saying they did an experiment and these were the results. The only ...
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What should I do if the author didn't do what I asked them to do when I reviewed their paper?

I had reviewed a manuscript two months ago. Though the manuscript was interesting and well written there were some minor flaws. I had pointed to the author the flaws and asked them to correct them. I ...

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