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 my former PhD supervisor publish my research work without my permission?

I have been working as a research assistant at one of the U.S universities for 4 year. Generally, I was not in a good relationship with my PhD supervisor. After the graduation, I found that my PhD ...
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Should I send an email to the editor-in-chief regarding the delay in receiving the editor's decision for my submitted research paper?

I submitted my research paper to a Springer journal called Electrical Engineering a few months ago. After exactly three months, I received a major revision, and the editor gave me 14 days to send back ...
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What is the workload like when being a volunteer reviewer for NSF?

For those of us who have volunteered to review grants for the NSF, what was it like? E.g., How much time did it take for you? How many proposals were you asked to review? How long were the proposals ...
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How long to wait (already over 14 months of waiting) before being firm

I submitted a book manuscript to Springer. They accepted the project, I signed the contract and they told me over 14 MONTHS ago that they'd send it for peer review and be in contact with me in due ...
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Potential overlap in manuscript revision with later submission

My group submitted a paper with journal A and it spend a really long time in review, the editor seemingly had a lot of trouble finding suitable reviewers. There was a revision about half a year ago. ...
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What to do when a math paper “under review” contains a true but not clear step in a proof?

A few weeks ago, I submitted a mathematical paper in which the main proof contains a sentence that says: “by X and by Y, then Z is true”. It turns out that, luckily, the sentence is true. However, it ...
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How to react being the 6th reviewer of a first submission to a renowned journal? [duplicate]

Recently I was asked to review a paper for a renowned engineering journal of IExx. After all reviewers submitted their comments, I downloaded the review PDF with all commments and learned the ...
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Where to report research misconduct discovered in published papers? [duplicate]

If someone, without any academic affiliation or academic job, encounters scientific misconduct such as manipulated images, misinformation, and errors in the academic literature, what should they do? ...
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Should the first editorial board position be a "big shot"?

I was recently invited to join the editorial board of a Wolters Kluwer journal. The journal is decent and publishes 4 issues per year. It has been in the field for about 15 years. The journal is China-...
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submitting article with currently no access to data used

Say one works on a scholarly article with data that were available at her institution. Then, she leaves the institution (data is no more accessible), but wants to submit her article to a scientific ...
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Should there be consequences or penalty when such mistakes published?

These days many people use GPT, but to what extent should it be used, and how come journals and many authors do not check the papers they publish? I am having a really hard time publishing my papers ...
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Can I not pay the APCs in IOP? They offer only open-acess

I submitted my paper in IOP-MRX without knowing it only offers open-access. It went through peer review and got accepted. When I received the email for paying APCs, I requested a waiver from the ...
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what does this status mean please? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal and it was under review for 2 months but now the status changed to reviewers assigned then it became under review .. what does that mean please
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How to tactfully (and constructively) discuss language issues when writing a referee report

Recently I read an article (Prestigious journals make it hard for scientists who don't speak English to get published, study finds) stating that there appears to be minimal effort in a wide swath of (...
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Should I review for a journal that charges authors excessively? [closed]

This is a follow-up/correction of this previous question (which I cannot alter since it has been answered, but was advised to ask a new question instead). Of course, journal publication has its costs, ...
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Better to mention a paper as "under review" on the CV, or provide a paper's arXiv link (on the CV) to a selection committee?

I have a research article (a large work that lasted years) that just went "under review", in a well-regarded journal. More or less at the same time, i.e. in around 1 week, there will be the ...
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Short comment paper - time to review Vs urgency of the topic

Several weeks ago, I submitted a comment paper/policy brief of about 800 words to a journal. The paper critiques frequent reports published by major international organizations, which I believe ...
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publishing a paper in a journal with different scope

Several times I have read papers published by the journals where the scope of the publishing journal is totally different (if you consider the scope of the journal as it is explained in their homepage....
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Should I review for a journal charging authors?

One of the main journals in my field has recently switched to 100% open access, and charges an article processing charge (APC) of about 2500 ($/€/£). For some researchers this is automatically covered ...
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Is it OK to provide referees report from round 1 to a new referee in round 2?

In a referee report from round 2, a new referee (ref C) mentions conclusions from round 1 reports (from ref A). Is it a common practice to provide the reports from previous rounds to a new referee? I ...
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Why does the status of my manuscript keep changing? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a philosophy journal published by Springer. It has been 6 months since I submitted but the status keeps changing. It went under review for 2 days (after going through a ...
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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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How is the “quality scale” defined in the journal Frontiers in Oncology? [closed]

After submitting my manuscript to Frontiers in Oncology, I recently received feedback. The comments were overall minor, but I am concerned about the quality assessment provided at the end: QUALITY ...
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How long does it take a journal to assign an associate editor? [duplicate]

I submitted my paper more than a month and a half ago and the journal still hasn't assigned an editor yet. It passed initial validation, though. I found out that for others, it generally takes 1-2 ...
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Reviewer's Concerns about Excessive Simulation Results [closed]

I am currently in the process of addressing the feedback received from a reviewer regarding a manuscript I've submitted. The primary concern raised is that there are "Too many simulation results ...
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The electrical engineering journal editor decided on a "major revision." Do I still have hope? [closed]

I submitted a simulation-based research paper to the Springer journal 'Electrical Engineering' three months ago. Today, I received a response inviting me to revise my paper. To maintain the continuity ...
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A paper with two ADMs [closed]

Is it normal for ACM journals to assign two ADMs? What does it mean? In what situation this can happen? Does it mean that the journal accepted to review the paper? Does it means that the journal is in ...
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Assigned to Review a Paper I Previously Reviewed

In a previous conference I was assigned a paper, which I rejected and the authors later withdrew with no comments. Now, in another conference, I was assigned the exact same paper. Choices: Refuse to ...
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Review request for DFG (German Research Foundation)

I recently received an email, requesting me to review a grant proposal for DFG (German Research Foundation, https://www.dfg.de/en). Though in other circumstances I might be happy to accept this, right ...
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Revision took way too long to finish - how do I handle the situation?

I am a postdoctoral fellow in a STEM field. Quite some time ago, I submitted a long research book project to a publisher. I received two positive referee reports in August 2022. I have not yet ...
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Attaching previous reviews - avoiding pitfalls of desk rejection? [duplicate]

I just got rejected during a review process in a prestigeous journal. The paper has received a lot of valid criticism, which (to my best current knowledge) could be incorporated in its further ...
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Status still “Pending decision” but date has changed [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a Taylor & Francis journal. It was peer reviewed and the status has been “Pending decision” since January 30. On January 31, the status stayed the same but the date had ...
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How to deal with possibly lazy authors? [closed]

Let's assume a researcher received a paper to review. The paper is decently done and it is composed of an introductory part (about 30% of the work) and a complex part (about 60% of the paper). The ...
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I reviewed a paper that was rejected, and the authors have posted the paper online without corrections. Do I intervene?

I wrote a thorough review that included many suggestions for improving the methodology, and criticisms of their analysis. Initially, the main problem with the paper was that the authors only reported ...
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How to make a small correction in an equation in a manuscript after acceptance but before publication?

Recently one of my papers was accepted in Physical Review B. I found that one of the equations (say, A) has some typo. This equation is not a new result, and is a standard formula in the field. I ...
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If someone upload their submitted journal both for peer-review and as a pre-print, how they are sure that their work will not be copied?

If someone upload their submitted journal both for peer-review and as a pre-print, how they are sure that their work will not be copied from random readers that have downloaded the pre-print in order ...
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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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How to deal with possibly lazy referee?

I have received the referees' reports for my paper. The reviews were both positive, however I am quite baffled/disappointed with their content. The comments of both referees regard the easy part of ...
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Is there a feasible mechanism by which reviewers can indicate papers they want to review?

Currently, the process of selecting reviewers for journal papers is based on take-it-or-leave-it offers: the journal editor invites me to review a particular paper, and I can either accept or decline. ...
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Speed of review with respect to the paper's quality

Sometimes the review process can take a long time, sometimes it can be very short. I suppose that one of the important factors determining the speed of review process can be the quality (i.e., the ...
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Decision after 13 months without any peer review. Do all Wiley journals have such a slow review process?

The first time I submitted an article to the journal "Software: Practice and Experience". It took a month and a half to make a decision. It didn't get to peer review. Only the decision. The ...
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Can reviewers work on my book chapter themselves?

I am new here, and relatively young. This is my first book chapter, I usually publish articles, and I was invited to write a chapter as a co-author by a colleague. After analyzing what my contribution ...
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Is there anything wrong with letting people know I am anonymously refereeing their paper?

I've been assigned as an anonymous referee to review a paper submitted to a prestigious journal by coworkers of a friend of mine and have told him about it without mentioning the authors' names. My ...
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Who chooses the number of reviewers in a submitted journal?

The question is very simple: Who chooses the number of reviewers that will peer-review a submitted paper on a journal (for Round 1)? Also, if there are more than 2 reviewers (2 I believe is the ...
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Is Failure to Cite OpenAI in an AI/LLM Research Paper a Valid Reason for Rejection?

As a reviewer, I'm currently evaluating a research paper in the AI/Large Language Models (LLM) field. The paper itself is quite comprehensive and meets most of the standard criteria in terms of ...
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Supervisor does not want to contact reviewer after publication

At the end of last week, a paper I wrote (PhD, second year) got a Minor Revision (IEEE Transaction, TAFFC), receiving good comments from all three reviewers involved. Two unknown reviewers plus an ...
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Virtual Special Issues in Elsevier good or not? [closed]

From the information available online, I understand that Virtual Special Issues (VSIs) can be either curated (comprising previously published articles) or dedicated to new work. As a PhD student, I ...
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Does Responding Quickly to Rebuttal Questions in Peer Review Benefit the Review Process? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the midst of the peer review process for a paper I've submitted. Recently, I received a set of rebuttal questions from the reviewers. I am able to provide answers to these questions ...
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Mistakes in calculation found after submission of a manuscript

I submitted a paper recently to a journal. In that paper I showed some calculations and compared some experimental results with the calculations. The calculations show good agreement with the ...
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Editorial manager system and Firefox password manager

This is maybe a rather special specialist question... I review and hold Associate Editor positions for various Elsevier and Springer journals that use editorialmanager.com (actually I believe both ...
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