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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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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How to referee a paper when I am not particularly familiar with the methodology employed?

I completed my PhD a year ago and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher. I have been invited by my PhD supervisor to be the referee of a paper, as he thought it would add value to my CV. The paper ...
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How is it possible that [insert known crackpot] has articles published in Peer-Reviewed Journals?

Note: This question is intended to be a generic version of something that gets asked occasionally on this site. I apologize for making it overly-contrived, but it's intended to be a generic template ...
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How can I improve my scientific article when the peer review process was so short on feedback? [closed]

Last February I submitted a research paper, the sum result of 18 months of experimental work during a technology transformation process at a startup enterprise. The reviews comments were distilled so ...
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Rejecting a mathematical paper for not describing a notation

I am currently reviewing a conference paper. In the main mathematical proof in the paper, the authors have used a variable 'X' without specifying what it means. And, it is not trivial to figure out ...
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How long should I wait for review of minor revision? [duplicate]

I received an email form AE that "your manuscript will be accepted under the condition that revisions are made". Two of the reviewer's comments were not seriuos, suggesting minor revision ...
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How do you credit people who review your paper before submission?

How do you credit people for reviewing a manuscript prior to submission? I am referring to individuals with more knowledge and experience than myself, such as a professor. Where in the manuscript do ...
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Answers to Reviewers

We submitted a manuscript, received the reviews, and answered them all. We answered all of their comments, every single one, but my simple question is that if we are obliged to mention every minor ...
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How should data be cited and referenced?

I'm doing research in macroeconomics, using time series from a national statistics department, nevertheless I'm not sure how should I properly reference my data sources, I have seen that in most ...
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IEEE TRANS 'with associate editor' This state has lasteded for a long time, what does this mean? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to TC. I received a major revision in January, and another one in March. I resubmitted the revised paper again on May 6. After ten days, the status changed from 'Under Review' to '...
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Why would article processing fees be waived for this journal? Is this suspect?

Here is the link to the journal: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/computer-methods-and-programs-in-biomedicine-update/ I'm not sure why the fee is waived or if this is a red flag in any way?
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If the status date does not change while an article is under review, does it mean things aren't moving along?

Initially, it took a very long time for the editor to finally screen the article and invite reviewers. My concern is that some reviewers will decline to review, and the editor will not invite new ones ...
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Meaning of “ADM: not assigned, Under Review” for IEEE Access

I submitted a paper to IEEE Access (at the website : https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ieee-access) This is a re-submission revised according to reviews (all were accept with minor edits). On the ...
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Submission status changed to “submitted” after “awaiting reviewer scores” [duplicate]

I submitted my article to a SAGE journal roughly six weeks ago. The status of the submission was "awaiting reviewer scores" for four weeks and few days ago it changed to "submitted"...
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Should I send answers to reviewers comments to a new journal? [duplicate]

I recently got a paper rejected at a very good journal. Reading the reviewers comments, I think the suggested scores were: Reviewer 1: Accept Reviewer 2: Major revision Reviewer 3: Major revision ...
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The editor can't find additional reviewers [duplicate]

I received this message form the editor "Thanks for note. We have tried 11 potential reviewers to date and have one review at hand and another that is promised. We will be in touch once the ...
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Why do Reviewers behave like this? [closed]

Why do Reviewers intentionally delay or write negligent reports? I submitted a manuscript to a SCI indexed journal 7 months back. It was under review for 5 months. I received a report which said "...
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pros and cons of accepting ORCID Reviewer Credit / Recognition

When submitting a review, some Publishers/Journals ask whether one would like to getting Reviewer Credit, by asking the following question ORCiD Reviewer Recognition. Publisher xyz can send ...
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Reviewer asking to do a study beyond our knowledge

I submitted a manuscript to a journal and recently I received the reviews. We have many reviewers assigned to the review process. One of the reviewers is asking us to perform some calculations that ...
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Why is there still so much academic gibberish? [duplicate]

I was checking a paper that was posted on Twitter where everyone seemed to be so enthusiastic about, so I had a short check on it. Here is the first line: Post-Cartesian frameworks, including ...
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Disclosing peer review results

My paper was recently published and I submitted a report to my institution for a promotion. However, the research administrator asked me to provide a copy of peer review of my paper, which was ...
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Is it appropriate for reviewer to offer cooperation on a reviewed paper?

I am currently reviewing a paper for a journal (area of ecology, organism-environment interactions at various spatiotemporal scales, so including macroecology and evolutionary ecology). Now I am doing ...
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How to ask for an extension on a manuscript review?

I accepted a request to peer review a manuscript from a journal, but was not able to view the attached files correctly and reached out to the journal three times about this problem. They finally ...
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Can I create anonymous repositories for double-blind peer review via GitHub organizations?

When submitting a paper to a conference/journal for double-blind peer review, one usually has to anonymize source code, if there is any. In my situation, I have to do it in a form of GitHub repository....
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What's the point of publishing your peer review report along with your new paper?

One journal that I think of, for example, is Nature Communications. Why does the author choose to publish the peer review report of their new paper? Is it to educate others who are submitting papers ...
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Responding to reviewer comments in IEEE conference

My paper was accepted into IEEE COMPSAC (a comp sci conference). As far as I can tell, it was a straight accept and not "conditional acceptance". The reviewers had some comments/questions on ...
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Rejected Paper by the Associate Editor

I am a very objective person and I don't mind constructive criticism. I have submitted a research paper to an IEEE journal with high reputation. The co-authors of this paper have broad experience in ...
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Publishing Valuable but Incremental Result

I am a Ph.D. student and recently I solved an important problem in my domain. Unfortunately, the paper got rejected stating that the results are interesting but incremental. I discussed this issue ...
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Fellow student doesn't share progress in joint paper for coursework - how should I react?

I'm currently enrolled in a course (Masters-level) where we are supposed to write a paper together with another fellow student. The paper will not be published publicly. It has been difficult since ...
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Reviewing a paper with suspiciously good results

I'm currently reviewing a paper which deals with iris recognition, submitted to a top conference in the field of biometrics. The paper's main contribution is a recognition model that, while presented ...
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(Why) Is post publication peer review (not) taking off?

I know, this is a bit of a broad question. But looking at the developments and having experienced a reasonable amount of pain with established publishers and their either complex, slow, or restrictive ...
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When journals falsely assume I already have my PhD, do I need to correct them?

I have published several papers and have done a number of peer-reviews (on request by the journals) as well. In the communication with these journals, I frequently get addressed as "Dr. Lastname&...
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I got a very bad review from one reviewer, but the paper was not rejected

Some time ago, I submitted my paper to a reputable journal (but far from being one of the best in my field) and have recently received two reviews. One review was positive overall and the reviewer ...
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Asking for help in refereeing a paper?

I was asked to referee a paper. The topic is within my field but not in my exact area of research. The paper seems all good and fine, but I struggle to judge the originality or whether they miss ...
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Review claims reference was omitted, but it was not

In a review to a manuscript I wrote one of the reviewers claimed in strong words that two important references were omitted. In fact, both references were cited in the text. I suspect the reviewer is ...
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There is an uncommon icon for my submission on EasyChair

I have submitted a manuscript via EasyChair. I assume that iIt is still under review because I had no notifications of any sort. When I click on my role on the main page, there is a link which allows ...
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My paper was rejected, and some colleagues say this is due to the “reviewer's mindset.” What does this mean?

I'm pursuing my PhD (fourth year). My institute has the following rule: At least Two SCI papers is mandatory for awarding doctorate degree. I tried for publishing an SCI paper recently and got ...
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Does the authors opinions or solutions to the reviewed problem have to be inculded in a review paper?

I have submitted a review article and one reviewer stated "Authors should propose their solution(s) in this topic based on the analysis of different literatures." So my question is: it is ...
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Reviewer asks to add more references to already many references

For a submitted review paper, I got a response from one of the reviewers: "More related references should be added". The thing is, I already have around 70 references, and as the topic is ...
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In academic papers, is it always necessary to show the full mathematical description of well-accepted norms?

For example, let's say you use a well-excepted data normalization method like z-normalization. To avoid clutter and help the flow of the paper, can you simply cite a source for z-normalization and ...

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