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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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Can I recommend rejection of a paper by simply reading its Abstract and Introduction?

I am reviewing a paper of a top-tier computer science conference. After reading the abstract and introduction of the paper, I think that the paper does not have that standard to make it up to the ...
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Listing number of reviews done [duplicate]

In an academic CV, it is very frequent to list the number of papers reviewed. I was wondering if a paper that has received several rounds of reviewing (typically 1st round is a major revision, 2nd ...
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Is repeated citations from the same region a cause for concern?

I have just accepted a paper for reviewing for a journal in neuroscience. While skimming through the paper, it appeared that the authors had heavily cited literature originating from the country where ...
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Is it normal for a conference to let the submissions modifiable long after the deadline?

Is it normal for a conference to let the submissions be editable on easychair website by the authors (and still be able to submit new papers) after 3 weeks of the hard deadline and only one week ...
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Should researchers/journal editors ever solicit referee reports from companies that are negatively affected by the research?

This is a general question inspired by an interesting question where a researcher investigated the efficacy of a product produced by a company and made adverse findings against the product. In that ...
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Should a fellowship application justify why the fellowship would be more advantageous than a permanent position?

TLDR: Is it normal that an applicant for a limited term fellowship should have to justify why that fellowship would be more advantageous than a permanent academic position? If so, why? The details of ...
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Can I validate the results of my package with that of any tutorial or workshop? [closed]

I have developed a software package for the analysis of genomic data, in which, I have implemented a variety of functions like normalization, clustering etc (from already available tools i.e., clubbed ...
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How do I indicate deleted text from a manuscript?

I had a manuscript accepted with major revision. I have now revised it and will resubmit shortly. The editor requested that I highlight any changes in the text, which I have done in yellow. However, I ...
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Is having too many papers under-review something frowned upon by a PhD panel? (PhD CS USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in the US. I have multiple posters published along with some mid tier conference papers. Along with these, I have 6 journal papers under review. ...
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Under Review status vs Decision Pending (Taylor & Francis journal) [closed]

In the ScholarOne system (one of Taylor & Francis journals), the manuscript status is "Under Review". However, under the regular submission system, the status is "Decision Pending&...
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How to handle a harsh negative review? [duplicate]

Context It is the first time I am submitting a research article as a first author. The review reports finally came back. Review A is positive, suggesting acceptance and a few modifications. Review B ...
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Rebuttal: directly address reviewers with "you"?

I'm writing a rebuttal (response to the reviewers) with a group of co-authors. Someone in this group changed all the formulations referencing the text of the review (e.g., "To address this point, ...
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Requirement on referees for a peer-reivew

I'd like to know if there are any requirements for referees to review a paper in a peer-review journal. For example, for an editor in another journal, is it OK to be a referee for the paper? I think ...
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The benefits of strong PhD dissertation referees in case of a 3 paper dissertation?

I have submitted a three paper PhD thesis. At my university, there is no defense. Instead, four referees read, make a decision, and may ask for revisions, similar to a paper review process. My ...
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Is the review process at MDPI fair to reviewers? [duplicate]

I was asked to review for an MDPI journal and realized while requesting to extend the deadline for my review that the editor at MDPI intended to send review requests to several reviewers, to gather ...
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Why can't we just use platforms such as arXiv for proper peer-reviewed publishing?

Many of you will know that, whether per subscription fees or via open access models, there is a ridiculously absurd amount of money flowing to many big (or medium-size) publishers for getting our ...
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Can I submit a manuscript to arxiv while it is under review in a journal?

My paper is under review in an Elsevier journal. It has been over a month and it's still in review stage. It might take another month for the reviews to come back. I should have submitted it to arxiv ...
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Taylor& Francis Manuscript status from "Awaiting Editorial Office Processing" to "Under Review" in 3 days [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript in a journal (Taylor&Francis) and after 3 days the status of my MS changed from "Awaiting Editorial Office Processing" to "Under Review". What does ...
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The status of Revised manuscript is with editor since one month [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper in one of the top journals in elsevier. After one year I received the major revision with one month deadline. I submitted the revised manuscript and status is showing with ...
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Paper got rejected and meanwhile a similar paper was submitted to another journal

I have been working for 1-2 years on a manuscript to be submitted to a journal with a relatively high impact factor. The journal has pretty strict rules about the length of the paper which is ...
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Is it common for a journal not to return a revised paper for the reviewer?

Recently I reviewed a submission to a journal. The editor even sent me an email saying the review was received. In my review I suggested correction of several minor mistakes but there were also a ...
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Should I continue with revisions after two reviewers accepted and one made bullying comments about the research? [duplicate]

I am in the following situation: two reviewers said it was a good investigation and suggested some changes and some new references. But a third reviewer is making bullying comments for the second ...
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Do I need to follow all the suggestions of reviewers? [duplicate]

I have got my submitted paper`s review comments. One of the reviewers commented and suggested as follows: Reviewer 1 Recommendation: Accept (minor edits) Comments: The paper has been carried out in ...
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Does “under review” status after minor revision always mean the paper has been sent back to reviewers? [duplicate]

I have a paper which was invited to be resubmitted after minor revisions. Normally, the editor decides the outcome after this. In this case, however, the status went back to under review after I ...
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Rejection only because of incremental publication (salami slicing)?

I am reviewing conference submissions (specialized branch of engineering). One of them, although technically more interesting than some of the other submissions, is a typical case of "salami ...
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When should I cite a paper?

I am a PhD student in Mathematics. I am writing research papers but I am confused with one thing: What papers should I cite? I want to know, in particular, what the criterion is for which a paper ...
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When submitting a major revision, does it matter whether the revised manuscript or the response to reviewers appears first?

I submitted a major revision for an article to a World Scientific journal today. However I am in a confused state. I had to submit two documents: 1. Revised Manuscript, 2. Response to Reviewers, both ...
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Will my objection that our paper is more complete have any effect?

I recently did a research study and submitted it to a suitable journal which covers the field. One of the referees said that the same analysis has been already done and referred to an article that ...
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Direct quotation vs indirect quotation

I submitted a manuscript to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, which is a journal for computer science applications and automotive/mechanical engineering. A reviewer of my ...
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How to politely ask the editor to freeze my submission

I am facing an inconvenient situation that I will try to explain as well as I can. Here is my case: One and a half years ago, I submitted my paper to Journal A. The reviewing process started and I ...
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Can I call out a researcher for using Maple without citing it?

I am currently reviewing a theoretical CS paper that is incredibly technical and mathematical. I’ve been reviewing the paper for longer than a year now, and I am finally recommending the paper to be ...
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Should I let minor grammar and spelling errors go during peer-review to speed up the process?

I recently reviewed a paper for the second time. The authors competently solved all issues that were raised in the first review round, and the only remaining issues were minor grammar and spelling ...
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MathSciNet is apparently refusing to index my paper. Has this happened to anyone?

Over 6 months ago, I published a paper in a journal that is on MathSciNet's journal list, and has been for a long time. It's not the Annals, but it's a solid and reputable journal. My paper is in ...
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How to handle a seriously unresponsive journal?

I have submitted a paper to a journal that says the time to first decision is generally X months, and that there are strict deadlines for reviewers to complete their review. After X months were up, I ...
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As a reviewer, is it appropriate to look up other work by an author and factor that into your decision?

Assuming the process isn't double-blind, do you often look at other work by an author out of curiosity, and do you think this should influence your decision on a paper?
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Is it ethically okay to share an article that is in arxiv and under review?

In the ML word, it's a common practice to upload a paper to Arxiv when it is still under review. But is it okay to share it with other people? Let's say someone writes a paper for congress. And while ...
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Sending a math paper to a journal and to experts

I have written a math paper myself, and wonder whether I have errors or not (I have not found ones, but maybe there are). Now I wish to send it to a math journal, and simultaneously send it to several ...
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Request an extension for paper revision

The deadline for submitting my revised paper for a journal is July 30th. I emailed the editor and asked for the deadline in two weeks, but the editor did not respond. Where is the problem? Why didn't ...
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Are there areas where top researchers are not asked to referee?

Does it ever happen that some form of consensus (tacitely, maybe) forms by which people in a field that "X is doing exceptional work these days, let's not ask them any refereeing for a couple ...
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Journal that rejected paper to disclose identity of referee to the next journal?

I've just had a paper rejected by a certain math journal -- nothing new so far, but the journal made a (rather unusual?) offer in the rejection email, and I'm not sure what to make of it. They said ...
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Are journals allowed to publish papers without a final approval from a reviewer?

Is it true that in most peer-reviewed journals the editorial office can decide to publish a paper without at least one reviewer approving some version to be published as is? I am asking whether they ...
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Could putting a manuscript onto arXiv affect the probability of a journal accepting it (even if the journal explicitly allows pre-prints)?

I am wondering if anyone knows, thinks or has measured whether putting a paper on arXiv before submitting to a journal has any impact on the paper reviewing process and on it being accepted or ...
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In what ways do authors of an anonymous paper reveal themselves unintentionally?

I am asking this question simply out of curiosity. I have reviewed around 4-5 papers of double-blind conferences. One pattern that I have found in common is that when authors use techniques/results ...
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Strategies for avoiding "You forgot to cite paper XYZ" criticism despite having an extensive related work section

Discussing the related work is expected in many (if not all?) types of research papers. In the related work section, the author explains the relationship of the current work to previous work and ...
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Is it acceptable to directly email the Editor-in-Chief if the editorial staff are not responding?

I have submitted a paper to a journal that says the time to first decision is generally X months, and that there are strict deadlines for reviewers to complete their review. After X months were up, I ...
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Ignoring referee reports [duplicate]

Let's consider the following situation: Author A submits a paper to a journal. Referee B writes a critical referee report and recommends rejection. Author A then resubmits the same paper to another ...
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Ethical issues related to refereeing for a top journal [closed]

Are there specific ethical issues related to being a referee for a top journal? I was thinking that one might subconsciously be tempted to recommend a very good, but not groundbreaking, paper in one's ...
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Clarification regarding rapid publications in journals

I had a query regarding some reputed journals in mathematics that claim rapid publication: in particular, the New York Journal of Mathematics. I normally see papers in that journal that have been ...
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Sharing an article under review within research group

I am conducting research with a Ph.D. scholar under a supervisor, who is, in some sense, heading this group. The Ph.D. scholar and the supervisor have two articles undergoing a second round of review. ...
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Reviewing a paper that is build on a paper not peer-reviewed yet

I am reviewing a paper 'X' that is heavily built on an existing paper 'Y'. The paper Y is available on arXiv; however, it has not been peer-reviewed yet. It is only 4 months since it has been ...

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