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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 normal for journal reviewers to reject submissions based on non-scientific reasoning?

Is it normal for reviewers to use nonfactual statements as reasons to reject journal submissions? Here, nonfactual statements will be defined as statements that are in contradiction with verified ...
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Should you ever pick "recommended" or "opposed" reviewers for journal submissions in social science?

This question applies to all disciplines but I am curious here about social science journals in particular. Is it ever a good idea to name/identify specific reviewers that you would like to have them ...
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What are good reasons for declining to referee a manuscript that hasn't been posted on arXiv?

This question is inspired by the comments under this answer, specifically the points raised by user TimRias. The discussion was about a paper submitted to Physical Review D (PRD), a journal covering ...
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Paper was submitted 24 months ago, what is wrong with the journal and publisher? [closed]

People often complain that 3 months is long or 6 months or even 12 months. Well, my paper has been with this journal for 24 months and the process has not yet concluded. In the process I have sent ...
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Status of a manuscript whose required reviews are completed

I have submitted a paper to a good math journal in first week of May 2024. After a month (+ a week at most), the online system shows the status “Required reviews completed”. However, to this day, I ...
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Does quick review means likely rejection?

I recently submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal in the management area, where I can track the review status. After submitting the paper, I found that one of the reviewers completed the review just ...
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Waited almost a year and a half for a review. The reviewer reviewed the wrong paper. What to do?

Waited almost a year and a half for a review. The reviewer reviewed the wrong paper. What to do? Can I ask the editor to really expedite the next review?
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Is this an invitation to submit or a polite rejection?

I have sent an email to an editor of a highly competitive math journal, asking if they think I should submit my paper there or not. The editor is an expert in the field of the paper, so my email was ...
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Minor Revision Response Waiting Period [duplicate]

I've submitted a paper to a Q2 journal of economics after which I've got a response 5 months later recommending minor revision. I have then submitted the revised manuscript which I believe has ...
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Refereeing for American Journal Experts

I was asked via mail (which looks borderline suspicious) to referee a paper for the American Journal Experts AJE, who claim to coordinate the refereeing for a Hindawi journal dedicated to applied ...
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'Decision on process' directly from with editor [duplicate]

I have submitted my original research manuscript to a reputed journal in Elsevier, initially it showed with editor and after 5 days it started showing decision in process.Its been 20 days since it ...
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Probability of Acceptance After Two Minor Revisions [closed]

I submitted an article to a Springer journal on November 25, 2023. I received a major revision in March with comments from Reviewer 1 only. In the second round, I received a minor revision with ...
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Do you think that publishing a documented script in R (e.g. on GitHub) can increase the chance of publication?

I am involved in environmental science. The data analysis for my following scientific paper is done 100% in R. I'm wondering if I should clean up my script before submitting the article for review and ...
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Is it possible that the editor is still looking for other reveiwers while one reviewer has submitted the reviewer report? [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript in April 2024, and it was sent out for review 10 days later. As this is an Elsevier journal, I can track the progress of the peer review. More than two review invitations ...
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Should Conference Paper Reviewers Conduct Preliminary Literature Searches Before Evaluating Submissions?

I am curious about the extent to which reviewers should engage with the existing literature before evaluating a submitted paper. Specifically, is it advisable or expected for reviewers to search for ...
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When is it appropriate to suggest a nonpreferred reviewer?

I submitted a manuscript to a journal and got desk rejected by the editor who also gave feedback on why the manuscript was rejected. We made changes to address this feedback but after some back and ...
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Reviewers do not live up to own quality standards

I have the impression that some reviewers have quality standards that they themselves cannot, or do not fully live up to when in the author role. However, since in most journals/conferences, the ...
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My supervisor is promoting my work (that I think has flaws) everywhere - what to do?

I am in a situation that might seems a bit odd. I published my research work in a pretty good journal. However, I believe that peer review wasn’t very strict (in my opinion). And this work is ...
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How much is simplicity of ideas/approaches in a paper appreciated by journals and reviewers?

I'm about to publish a paper (in a STEM-related field) that is based on a simple (but effective) idea that can be described in a few sentences, so it sounds almost trivial upon reading the description....
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Reviewing paper (probably) written by mentor?

I am a grad student reviewing papers for a small workshop at an upcoming conference. I am fairly certain one of the papers assigned to me is written by my direct research mentor, with whom I'm doing ...
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Review not needed after review

After reviewing a paper 1 month ago, I received the following email: "It has since become clear that I will not need you to review the submitted manuscript at this time." Has anyone ...
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Handling cases of "potential" ChatGPT-generated reviews in non-anonymous program committees (as a PC member)

I am currently serving on the program committee (PC) of a top-tier venue in computer science. Every paper is reviewed by 3-4 PC members; then, the authors can then see the reviews and respond with a &...
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Do published articles go through detailed check? And often require a extra data to be submitted

I have published a paper and one month after publication my supervisor is telling me that I should prepare a bunch of statistical tests for that published paper, even though usually in my area (...
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What is the best way of citing a colleagues not yet given conference presentation?

I am finishing a paper and will probably submit within the next month or so. I would like to cite the upcoming conference presentation of a colleague (wich will also be published as a conference paper ...
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How should a manuscript "cut in parts" be evaluated?

This concerns some mathematics papers submitted for review. Essentially, I have received requests from two different journals asking me to referee papers, which are parts 2 and 3 of a sequence; ...
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Long Delay from Springer Journal: Should I Continue Waiting or Seek Alternatives? [duplicate]

I submitted an article to a Springer journal 13 months ago. Each time I inquire about the status, I receive the same response: "The paper is currently with the editor for evaluation and the ...
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A platform for collaborative research projects?

This question may sound unusual but I'm have been searching for a while now for a platform for collaborative research projects? The concept here is simple. Experienced researchers sign up and verify ...
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How do I become a peer reveiver in a journal [duplicate]

I have masters and have been working for 5 years. I have 1 paper published where I am in the list of contributors, basically not the first or second author. I have 2 other papers in the process where ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

We submitted a manuscript to a well-known journal. The first round of reviews came in 6 months later. We revised, resubmitted in about 3 weeks (they gave us two weeks to r&r) and we got a new, ...
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Polarizing paper "almost good enough", but no revision offered

For several years, I've been trying to publish a specific line of research, without success. Rejections are common in academia, so the lack of success is not surprising. During peer review the ...
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Can you share you got a Major Revision on LinkedIn?

I recently got my first Major Revision and I would like to share the good news, but I'm not sure if there is a non spoken rule that you shouldn't be publicly sharing that info during the review ...
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When is it worthwhile to report academic misconduct of a referee?

Sometimes academics become aware of misconduct of other academics. Reporting it can backfire if it comes off as petty squabbling to senior people. It’s also not clear that reporting misconduct often ...
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The number of ‘review invitations accepted' reduced?

I have a paper submission to Elsevier. It's a revised re-submission after one round of review. I got review feedback from 2 reviewers in the first round review. So for our re-submission I suspect the ...
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What does this kind of ”Decision Pending“ mean? [duplicate]

I submitted my manuscript to Talyor Francis and it went to “Decision Pending” directly after the “With Journal Administrator” stage. Is it likely to be rejected? author dashboard screenshot Thanks a ...
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Pages and lines in a paper. What does the reviewer mean?

Recently the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly informed me that I should revise my paper according to suggestions of the reviewers. The problem is that the second reviewer suggests something ...
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Is a reviewer allowed to delegate their peer reviewing task to someone else?

I have been wondering lately if a person, who has signed up as a peer reviewer at a journal (or multiple), can then delegate their duties to someone else (think senior scientist tells lower level ...
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Potential Plagiarism by a reviewer (that we recommended to PC chair)

I recently submitted a paper to a conference and received four positive reviews and one negative review. The negative reviewer did not want any discussion on the paper, so we contacted the program ...
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What is the reasoning behind putting table and figures at the very end of submitted papers? [duplicate]

Sometimes papers I receive for review will not have the tables and figures placed in the text body where the are referenced, but instead at the very end after the bibliography. I personally find that ...
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How long do you ideally spend on reviewing a journal submission as a reviewer? [duplicate]

I am new to volunteering as a peer reviewer for a journal. I want to be helpful to the authors, but recognise that my time is valuable. I'm just wondering, how do you think about limits to time spent ...
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How do you validate the credibility of arXiv cited papers in IEEE conferences?

As a reviewer, should I point in the comments that, "I" think it is not right to cite a paper that is not peer reviewed -- arXiv papers, rather, cite a closely related/relevant peer reviewed ...
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Should I recommend a reviewer that I have no contact with?

I've received an invitation from an editor of a journal to review an article. After a brief reading, I've determined that the article's scope is beyond my area of expertise, leading me to decline the ...
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Why sometimes a paper containing old references is considered not ready for publication and sometimes not?

I was wondering if there are research papers that have references that are old (i.e., ten or more years old) and reviewers of those papers have recommended acceptance, but when you want to publish a ...
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How to Prevent Peer Review Misconduct under Time Constraints

In peer-reviewed computer science conferences, there is typically a strict schedule for peer-reviews, e.g., by when to submit reviews, during which period should reviewers discuss. Question: As a ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

I have seen many journals that refuse to even see the revision of a manuscript once it was rejected. But here is the thing: Reviewers provide recommendations to what should be changed; editors then ...
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How to write a review for an obviously bad article? [duplicate]

I have almost no expierence writing reviews and was recently asked (by an established publisher) to review. The review is completely free-form. The article is just gibberish. I cant even understand a ...
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Should we act as gatekeepers of the journals based on their reputation?

Initially in my career, when I was sent an article to referee my decision to reject/approve used to be influenced on how "good" the journal was (IF, SciMago's Q). I.e.: if the article was ok ...
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Concerns after Submitting Abstracts to a Special Issue

I am a PhD student in social sciences, currently based in the UK. I came across a CfA from a special issue published by an esteemed US university Press last month, which was quite relate with the ...
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Success of Aggressive Rebuttal Strategy

I have observed that in rebuttals (conference and journals) the author-side is usually very polite, positive, and submissive. Some phrases I commonly read are "Thank you for the detailed ...
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Revision without reviewer comments [duplicate]

Last year october, i have submitted one of my review paper to a reputed journal in springer.On march i received a mail saying that a minor revision is required along with reviewers comments.I have ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own? [duplicate]

In short, I'm wondering how likely is the following sequence of events. The context is research in pure mathematics. A researcher submits a paper containing new results for review in a journal in ...
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