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 okay to re-send a manuscript to another editor if there's no answer after three months?

I sent a manuscript to a refereed journal and got no response three months after submission. The journal doesn't specify how much a review lasts, or when should I expect to hear back from them. ...
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Different results according to the method use

I am preparing a rebuttal letter to reviewers and the editor about one of my manuscripts. The reviewers were concerned about the results and they suggest running the same models but using another way ...
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Withdraw a manuscript then submit a revised version [duplicate]

I wrote a manuscript and submitted it to a journal. One day I realize there is a critical mistake in the manuscript, so I revised my manuscript. Now I don't know if I can submit a revised manuscript ...
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First author is against further experiments prior to publication, but corresponding author decides to do so anyway. Is this justified?

We submitted our paper and got rejected. Now we want to submit somewhere else. Me (first author) wants to submit the paper as it is, while the corresponding author wants to do further experiments. Is ...
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Research motivated by referee assignment

I was recently asked to review a paper. I liked the paper a lot and eventually recommended it for publication after minor revisions. The paper inspired me to do further research on some questions ...
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The reviews are completed but the editor does not send the final decision and I am in a hurry

I have submitted a paper and both reviewers stated that the work is very well-written, novel, very well-done etc., and asked only some very easy questions. After I sent the revised version, on the ...
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Can editors affect the odds of a paper being accepted into their journal?

Assuming one submits a paper to an academic journal where the editor is positively or negatively biased towards you, what can they do to affect the odds of the paper getting accepted? An ideal answer ...
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How to properly criticize/comment on literature without being offensive?

For example, many of the published papers didn't take A into account when running some simulations to calculate B and I am trying to address the importance of A in my paper. How should I properly ...
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Is it ethical to submit papers under a false identity and affiliation to avoid peer review bias?

According to Huber, J., Inoua, S., Kerschbamer, R., König-Kersting, C., Palan, S., & Smith, V. L. (2022). Nobel and novice: Author prominence affects peer review (August 16, 2022): We invite more ...
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Rejected by Editor-in-Chief based on 'incorrect grammar' 18 months after submission. Who to contact?

A colleague of mine working outside of Europe has encountered an absolute bizarre and, IMO, utterly unacceptable situation for the first time in their decades-long career as a chemical engineering ...
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How to deal with demanding fees to accept the article

An author submitted a manuscript to a Scopus and a Web of Science Journal. Few months later, he received an email including the full name of the author, name of Journal and the title of the submitted ...
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Can I recommend my own [non-academic] article to an author in a peer review?

I am currently peer-reviewing a paper for a journal. I will recommend acceptance with majors, though the journal has asked for any other citations which may be useful to be presented to the author. I ...
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My manuscript suddenly went from "Awaiting Final Decision" back to "Awaiting Reviewer Scores" ... what do you think happened there? [duplicate]

Does it happen that the editor asks the reviewers to re-review a paper? For about 10 days or so it has been "awaiting final decision" after a few months of under review and then awaiting ...
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What to do with authors who ignore all the criticisms and suggestions from reviewers?

In reviewing a paper in analysis (mathematics), I provided a detailed review report that I feel was not too harsh (at least well within the realm of reasonable). Today, the authors came back with a ...
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How long should one wait before submitting to another journal after a mistake in the decision-letter was made by the first journal?

I have received a decision letter with a rejection. The letter contained two reports recommending publication and two reports, with negative comments, which have nothing to do with the manuscript, and ...
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Major revise with three reviewers. What will editor consider after sending revision?

Our paper recently got a "major revision", with comments from three reviewers. Two of them were actually ok, just answers for a few questions and rephrasing of some parts. The third reviewer ...
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How to contact the editor about a possible mistake in the decision letter?

I have received the decision on a manuscript that I have submitted. The editor in chief decided to reject the paper stating that the reviewers are advising against the publication of the manuscript. ...
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Is it normal to reject a paper due to a large amount of ambiguity and lexical errors instead of recommending a major revision?

I'm writing a report regarding a paper in mathematics, which I have spent three months reviewing. During this period, I have tried to understand the ideas presented by the authors, but in vain. The ...
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Should I accept an invitation to review a research paper as an undergraduate?

I recently received an invitation to review a paper at a conference in China. This is the first time I am being invited to review. I do feel qualified to do it since I have worked on the topic for ...
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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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My "in review" article appeared online on ResearchGate - uploaded by a reviewer

My team submitted an article to an MDPI journal 7 weeks ago. The manuscript quickly went into peer review. After a few weeks, MDPI contacted us and asked us to provide a list of potential reviewers. ...
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What alternatives are there to Publons for finding good journal reviewers?

Publons has been recently integrated with Clarivate ResearchID and it is no longer posible to look for reviewers by discipline, country, etc. We collaborate in university journals and that feature ...
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How should I respond to a review request after a review was declined?

I reviewed a manuscript for a journal from a well-known publisher. I received A gentle reminder that we sent you an invitation on ... to review the revised version of the following paper I responded ...
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What to do if one reviewer asks to delete and another asks to add more details to a proof?

I received a referee report for my single authored paper recently in Mathematics. Both the referees have asked for a revision. I am having a problem with a proof of a theorem in the paper. Reviewer A ...
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Answering a reviewer when I am not sure if I am right

One of the reviewers has asked a technical question that is not related to the main scope of the paper that I submitted. On top of this, I am not sure if the answer I am going to give is correct or ...
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Is it normal to be given two weeks to accomplish major revisions?

I have recently received a decision on a manuscript in the field of mathematics, which I have submitted to a journal a while ago. The reviewers comments were typical: modifying the abstract, ...
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Is it common to not have comments when reviewing a revision of a paper?

After reviewing a journal paper, I typically receive the revision of the paper to review. This is expected, but most often, my comments are addressed by the authors, and I have no further comments. I ...
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Is is unethical to review a major revision manuscript just by reading the point-by-point response?

I'm new to peer-review and my experience in this domain was receiving a reviewer report rather than providing one. A while ago, I have requested a major revision to a manuscript that I have been asked ...
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Can I contact an author I reviewed for a typo in his manuscript without saying I'm his reviewer?

I reviewed a manuscript which used my work. I recommended acceptance with minor revisions. Only after submitting my review, my wife discovered that my name is misspelled once in the manuscript. I'm a ...
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Is it okay to send the same article to be reviewed by two different journals at the same time? [duplicate]

Is it okay to send the same article to be reviewed by two different journals at the same time? Or this is considered to be dishonesty? If so what are the consequences?
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File formats in the peer review process (if some do not use office/libreoffice editors)

I was wondering if there are any journals that do not use 'doc' or any other similar file formats in the review process In my experience I have used 'track changes' in some document editor to ...
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Will publishing two papers in a short succession on the same topic raise eyebrows?

I work in Theoretical CS for context. There is this problem A I've been working on for the past year and wrote and submitted a paper X 3 months ago on a new bound we proved for A. I just recently (...
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Submitting revised manuscript long before due date

I have submitted a manuscript five months ago and received the first decision of the journal which was "Major revision". The first reviewer recommended accept after major revision. His ...
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Revised manuscript sent to a new referee after editor hearing back from one referee: What's the possible reason?

Early this year, we submitted a manuscript to a journal and heard the revision suggestions back very quickly from two referees. Both the two referees suggest some revision while remaining generally ...
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After I chose a preferred referee for a submitted paper, is it un ethical to drop an email to the referee saying that I suggested their name?

I journal I recently submitted a paper to asked me to suggest two referees, which I did, with explanation of why I picked them as referees. While I was writing the paper, I had informal email ...
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How to tell reviewers that I can't update my results

I spent a lot of time during my post-doc doing a big-data analysis using cloud credits paid for by a grant. I got the research conducted, written up, and submitted to a journal. The modeling I did ...
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What does "Check the proof of theorem x" mean as a comment from a referee on a mathematical paper?

In the reviewers comment. A comment from one of the referees was as follows "Check the proof of theorem x" Does this mean the theorem is wrong, it should be just rechecked for typos or is it ...
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Editors, having a initial idea about the final decision from the first look at the paper?

The first type of review a manuscript gets when submitted is the internal review done by the editor, who is in general an expert in the field. Given their expertise, can an editor have an initial ...
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Should I color the edited sentences in a minor revision?

My paper has been accepted with minor revision. When I revise the paper, should I mark the edited sentences by using a different color like for a major revision?
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Should a meaningless novelty be considered a novelty?

Is a useless novelty still considered a novelty? I am reviewing a paper and the method is meaningless. But the authors used somewhat creative methods (I mean it is their own method) that suggest their ...
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When do I get the notification for the final acceptance? [duplicate]

Does the paper that was accepted by the editor and transferred to the reviewers not mean that the paper got the final acceptance? Or can the reviewers still reject the paper?
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Does MDPI systematicly choose new reviewers after each round in order to speed up the process?

I wrote a detailed and long review on the first round and requested a minor or major revision. Then after 1 or 2 weeks I got a mail notification that the paper is published. I never had the chance to ...
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Re-submission to another journal - should I include old review reports in light of the editorial board

I am new to this forum and although I have found comparable questions (Can I submit the anonymous referee report from a previous submission to another journal together with my manuscript?), none seem ...
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Can/should I mention other peer reviewers' comments in my revision review?

In my field, it's common that once the first round of reviews are complete and the manuscript is revised, the revised document includes detailed responses to all peer reviewers' comments. There are ...
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Being a peer reviewer: does it positively affect the chance of getting a Ph.D. admission?

Does anyone know how being a journal peer reviewer affects the chance of getting a Ph.D. admission? Note that I majored in mechanical engineering. I've published a few papers in some prestigious ...
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Mathematical manuscript flaws between major revision and reject

For mathematical manuscripts, what makes the editor opt for a rejection rather than major revisions and vice-versa? Usually, the editor determines the gravity of the mistakes within the manuscript. If ...
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Do journals avoid you as a reviewer if you are too fast?

A couple of years ago, when I started publishing in my field, I received several requests of review from 4/5 different journals in a row. Because I happened to have free time, I submitted those ...
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Associate editors status and its effect on peer-review invitations getting accepted

Associate Editors (AEs) are experts in their research fields and some of them are widely well-known to the research community. However, sometimes AEs' peer-review invitations are faced with refusal ...
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What is happening in this review process? [duplicate]

This is in reference to my recent submission I made on Theoretical and Mathematical Physics journal published by the Russian Academy of Sciences. A screenshot of the status terminal is as follows. If ...
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Passing meta-info to future anonymous reviewers of my paper

I have meta-info (about a paper I'm submitting) that could help reviewers but can't go into the paper itself. For example, it may preempt questions like Why didn't you address the cutting-edge topic X?...

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