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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Very long duration for the first round of review

I submitted my paper to a prestigious journal of Taylor and Francis publisher. I get my first response after three months (which is average for the first response). The comments were around adding a ...
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How does Clarivate incentivise journals to market Publons?

I've observed that MDPI sends out an awful lot of emails marketing Publons to me as a peer reviewer. I think they are not the only publisher to do so. It seems to me that Clarivate/Publons is an ...
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Confusion regarding manuscript status in IOP's article tracking system and ScholarOne Manuscript System [duplicate]

I had submitted a manuscript in an IOP journal a month back. In the IOP's article tracking system, the status changed from "1st reviewer agreed to report" to "Editorial Assessment" ...
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Preface to a special issue on a contested work [closed]

This question is about the preface to the special issue of Pub. RIMS which has just been publised and contains S. Mochizuki's contested proof of the abc conjecture. Since I do not have access to the ...
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Complaining about a published paper

I have seen a paper recently published in a reputable IEEE journal but this paper is completely wrong, using other algorithms and making false statements. This is degrading the complete research ...
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'Awaiting recommendation' on Scholar One before any review process [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to ScholarOne about 10 weeks ago. I'm aware of the typical workflow of a journal. There are two bullet points that have remained unchanged for about 8 weeks now - one saying '...
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How to format my response letter for the journal? [closed]

I apologize in advance for my lengthy post. My paper has taken a 'revised' status with the following editor's message. However, I have ambiguity about the format of my response. For example: Should I ...
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Word “believe” in scientific context

I am trying to write a paper. We have done certain experiments and results from it are good. So, I feel that if our idea can be implemented in other sites, it can benefit those sites. Now my question ...
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“With Editor” for more than forty days [duplicate]

Is it normal for a journal submission to show “With Editor” for more than forty days?
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Is publishing in open access journal a good impression? [duplicate]

Is publishing in open access journal a good impression ? I mean publishing in such journals (where one has to pay money), will it be valuable compared to other journals ?
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How do you become a referee for a math journal? [duplicate]

I am in the early stages of my career (post PhD) and I would like to referee papers to (1) get the experience and (2) be exposed to unpublished writing to learn to improve upon my own writing. How do ...
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How does a researcher disassociate him or herself from the Openreview conference management system?

I submitted a paper to openreview almost 3 years ago. It was never my intention to publish anything to the conferences on there, and I only did it because I was pushed by my then supervisor. It was an ...
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Awaiting AE recommendation - Can be rejected? [duplicate]

I already referred to this post, post, post I recently submitted my paper to a journal 40-45 days back. For the first 10 days, it was reviewed by the managing editor and sent to us for some format ...
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How to learn the language writing requirements for a specific Journal before submitting a paper for reviewing [duplicate]

Recently I received this comment from an Elsevier editor "The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal.". Since then have been found some answers but also ...
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IEEE Reviewer Comment Abbreviations

In the reviewer comments of an IEEE journal, I noticed that the comments were preceded by a two-letter abbreviation such as OP, MA, MI, etc. What do these abbreviations stand for? Can you point me to ...
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Are journals biased towards more famous authors? [closed]

Say you are an independent researcher, with no affiliation and no famous co-author. Assume that you have authored a paper, which you believe is decently written and reports a method that is at least ...
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Can reviewers ask questions of or communicate with the author outside of the formal review process?

It's typical in my field that after we post to the arxiv, people from the community reach out to the authors to ask questions about the paper. Every time this has happened to me, I've responded with ...
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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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Review Comments for Program Chair — what to write?

I am preparing some reviews of conference contributions. The online review management asks me to grade the assigned papers, add comments for the authors and comments for the program chair. I cannot ...
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Manuscript awaiting EIC decision 3 weeks after submission [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript through ScholarOne on 14th Jan 2021 and now (08/02/2021), it is showing awaiting EIC decision. In those three weeks, it went through the following steps. Awaiting Admin ...
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Inderscience peer-Review Process

I submitted my paper two months ago to an Inderscience journal. Well, this is my first experience with Inderscience publisher, so while checking my paper updates, I can not understand the meaning of “...
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Getting peer review for research without submitting to conference or journal

Is there a way to get your research article peer reviewed without submitting to a conference or journal? I am imagining something like openreview.net or even some private peer review system since you ...
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Use of “this reviewer” in a review

I sent a article for reviewing before publication. In the review I received, I had the following comment: From very similar studies this reviewer knows well that [...] This is the first sentence of ...
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Reviewer asked for dataset section within the manuscript

Recently, a paper of mine received a major revision. Among different comments, one reviewer asked "the authors to include dataset section in MS". Now, my problem with this request is that ...
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What to do if own theory gets not accepted by community? [closed]

Inspired by a recent question regarding Crackpot research paper, I was asking myself, what to do, if you have a new theory or approach but it is not accepted in the community? You are not allowed to ...
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Crackpot research paper in mathematics

How does a math journal react to a crackpot math research paper? In mathematics (especially in Number Theory) there are many meaningless papers on the web, and possibly a ton of meaningless ...
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“Required Reviews Completed” [duplicate]

"Required Reviews Completed" Is that normal that this status lasts more than one month after Major Revision? Thank you for your contribution
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Is it legal to ask an intern to write a peer-review report? [duplicate]

I would like to ask you concerning a situation I was a few years back. I was an unofficial intern at a research institution. The aim of the internship was to study and search for new methods from a ...
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Can a Scopus journal be fake/predatory?

I get "spam" emails advertising journals listed in Scopus. Can a Scopus journal be fake/predatory? Or does Scopus has enough strict conditions to list only reputable journals? Or do spammers ...
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Has anyone had any experience with Editsprings? [closed]

I received the following email from a company called Editsprings: Dear Prof./Dr. XXX, It is our great honor to write you this email. Here is an invitation about working as a part-time editor from ...
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Does convoluted use of language negatively impact a work reviewed by a committee? [duplicate]

This question is a reformulation of a previous one that I deleted. I'll try to be more specific. I'm a student in the field of International Relations, a sub branch of the Political Sciences. Reading ...
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How does peer review detect cheating when replicating a study isn't an option? [duplicate]

Disclaimer: This is the third incarnation of my question because the previous two have met with silence. Adapted to this site: For a scientific study to be accepted as "truth" the standard ...
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Can you recommend an excellent book or article about how to critique a journal article? [closed]

I am a novice researcher. I received an article to review, and I don't know very well how to critique such an article. Can you recommend an excellent book (or other source of information) about how to ...
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Contributing to a software project vs double blind review

We have added a new experimental feature to an existing software project (e.g. on GitHub), and we would like to publish a paper about it. However, we want to publish it in a venue which uses double-...
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What should I do if the editorial process 'may' cost me my publication?

I have submitted a manuscript on COVID-19 to a scientific journal in mid-2020. Since then, I have not heard from the journal, although the status says 'Under Review'. As the publication is related to ...
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Asked to referee a paper on a topic that I think another group is working on

I have been asked to serve as the (only) referee on a paper that is in my field, but is not within my specific area of expertise. As far as I can recall, this paper seems to be on a topic that is also ...
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Can you post an article on arXiv while under peer review? [duplicate]

Would doing so go against the declaration many journals require that the author has not submitted the work anywhere else?
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How much feedback to provide for unsalvageable manuscript during peer review [duplicate]

When reviewing a manuscript as a peer reviewer and providing written feedback on a manuscript that is clearly a Reject, how does one decide how much feedback to provide? By "clear Reject," I ...
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Peer review process in a math journal

I am a resident of a 3rd world country in a south Asian country. I have completed my Msc in math from a place which is not well known for math. While an Msc student, I wrote a solo author paper on ...
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Spot a possible improvement when reviewing a paper

In reviewing a paper I notice that the result presented there can be improved. However, the improvement may not be significant enough to appear in a good journal. Therefore, to me the best situation ...
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Do you always need to show statistical significance of results in a paper?

Is it enough to discuss a higher mean in one set of results than another without statistical significance (as long as you are clear that significance wasn't tested)? Can this, in your experience, ...
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I reviewed a paper but was not informed of the decision — is this common?

I occasionally review articles for a prestigious but high-throughput journal. The most recent time, I went to check on the decision of the article, and saw that a decision of minor revision had been ...
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As a reviewer, should I act when the second reviewer did not seem to review the manuscript carefully?

I reviewed a manuscript and suggested a major revision, which was done in meantime. Now that I receive the revised manuscript again, I see that the 2nd reviewer wrote only one sentence in his review ...
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Status Change in Science submission System changed from “to review” to “under evaluation” to “to review” again [duplicate]

we have submitted our paper and have gotten 3 relatively positive reviews from the reviewers, one of them asking for a few additional experiments. After sending our revision back to the editor, the ...
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Why do journals prohibit authors from acknowledging reviewers?

Pretty much in the title: why do several journals prohibit authors from acknowledging reviewers? I have seen this in many (neuroscience) journals across publishers (both clinically oriented and non-...
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When should one recommend rejection of a manuscript versus major revisions? [closed]

Is there any good way to determine when it appropriate to reject a manuscript versus merely recommending major revisions? I.e., at what point do you declare a manuscript a lost cause? I understand ...
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Loss of novelty while under review

Asking this question for a friend (also motivated by this PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission). Field: Neuroscience. Initially, when the paper was written up, there was no ...
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Peer review: Is this “citation tower” a bad practice?

I am peer-reviewing an article "A" and I found something interesting. The authors use a mathematical lemma (which is just an inequality) for which they cite article "B". I have ...
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What to do when I can prove a conjecture of a paper I'm peer reviewing

I was given a paper to peer review. A result of that paper has been obtained with some extrapolation trick and so they present it as highly plausible conjecture. It turns out that me and another ...
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Is participating in open peer reviewing good or bad for early career scientists?

I see a few questions about open peer review (OPR), as more publishers move towards open access and open review. As an early career scientist I wondering if publishing my name as a reviewer is a risky ...

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