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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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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Contacting previous authors instead of contacting the associate editor/editor in chief

Is it okay to contact authors (in the same research area) who published in a journal to which I submitted lately, in order to get information about the peer-review process, or will this be considered ...
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What do you do if you are being 'ghosted' by the Chief Editor of a journal?

My situation/timeline is this: Submit paper ~ 9 months ago 6 months in peer-review, at which point I sent 2-3 unanswered emails after 4-6 months asking if any update No acknowledgement of those ...
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How to deal with an inadequate paper reviewer

We have submitted a paper to a peer-reviewed journal. The paper was accepted subject to revision. Reviewer A gave superficial, general comments without any specifics. Reviewer B was slightly more ...
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Why are referees anonymous? [duplicate]

For context: I had this question when reading this question. I'm not in academics, but I wonder, why is a referee anonymous in the first place? The only reason that comes to my mind is that a referee ...
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Is it ethical to make an anonymous referee realize we know who he is?

A year ago we submitted a manuscript to a high-profile journal. I was a co-author. The review process for this journal is single-blind—that is, the authors do not know who the referees are, while the ...
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What are the reasons that keep manuscript status as 'manuscript submitted' over five months? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to a journal five months ago. And the status has remained 'manuscript submitted' since then. I wrote two letters to politely ask EIC about my manuscript but there's no ...
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Is it ethical for a referee to recommend rejection after many months from receiving the manuscript?

I am an early-career researcher in mathematics. In general, after submitting a paper to a journal, it is advised to wait six months before requesting information about the status of the review process....
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I received a referee report that was not properly redacted

Recently I had a paper sent back to me (rejected) with two referee reports. This is not that surprising as this was a very good journal. The problem is that the identity of one of the referees is ...
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What are the ethics of reviewing a paper, spotting issues, not raising them in the review, and then trying to publish a paper on the issues?

I had a paper that went through a long peer-review process (~1 year). One of the reviews seemed to obviously be from a specific individual who strongly disagreed with the paper because it critiques ...
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How far ahead does NSF recruit panelists for proposal review meetings?

NSF has in person meetings as part of the peer review of grants. How far ahead of time are the participants recruited? I am looking for a general rule of thumb, like three to four months, not an ...
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Inability to review a conference paper

I am reviewing a paper for a conference. The paper contains a lot of work, and from a high-level perspective seems good. But when I go into detail I can't actually parse the paper. I don't understand ...
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What to do about a dubious competing publication in the same journal I'm submitting to?

Before submitting my predictions paper, I spotted a paper with alternative methods for the same predictions. It appeared two weeks ago online-first in the same journal I'm submitting to. Digging into ...
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What does the following editor response mean in Physical Review journal? Major revision or minor revision?

After the third round review of my paper, I receive the following letter from the editor of physical review journal (not PRL) The above manuscript has been reviewed by one of our referees. Comments ...
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Has there ever been a discussion about the nationalization of academic publishing?

I have read a few articles in the last couple days about several problems with academic publishing. To me, the primary critique is that oftentimes, research is funded with public money, in public ...
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Why did I only receive reviews from reviewers 3 and 4?

I have recently received reviews for my manuscript from Elsevier. There are comments from Reviewer #3 and Reviewer #4 only, does that mean reviewer 1 and 2 rejected the article??
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Manuscript status changed to under review within 24 hours of submission [duplicate]

We recently submitted to a journal via the scholarone manuscript Central system. I noticed that within less than 24 hours of submission the status changed to under review with an EA assigned, the name ...
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What should be done if a paper's decision is accept, but the copyeditor identifies a potential technical issue?

This question has been in the back of my mind since it happened many years ago. A paper was submitted to a not-very-good journal, and the process was: Paper shown to editorial board member, who says ...
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What is the difference between Abstract and Author Summary?

What is the difference between "Abstract" and "Author Summary"? Example: OpenAWSEM with Open3SPN2: A fast, flexible, and accessible framework for large-scale coarse-grained ...
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How many [conceptual] sections should an "Introduction" contain? [closed]

How many [conceptual] sections should an "Introduction" contain? I need to know this so that I can better arrange the Introduction section of my paper.
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Peer-review duration and journal quartiles

Does the journal's quartile have anything to do with the peer-review duration? While reading papers in my discipline, which is Mathematics, I found out that often Q1 ranked journals take about a year, ...
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Similarity index software for research proposals [duplicate]

There are some software which are checking similarity. For a research proposal when we express a statement in the literature review section with citing to its reference (source), is it counted as ...
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Should I contact journal editor?

I submitted an article to a journal last year in July. It took some months for it to be processed and peer reviewer to be assigned. I received the first decision in March (major revisions). The ...
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As an editor, what to do when a referee recommends citing their own papers?

Occasionally it happens that a referee suggests citing their own papers in a review. This may be a problematic practice, since there is a thin line between appropriate and inappropriate ...
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Submitted paper to journal, one referee report OK, other terrible and IMHO ignorant, wrong. How do I proceed?

One referee report is awful. Comments are basically two types: Please re-invent the wheel and write a primer to the whole field. Must supply more basic background to the field (analogy: paper is ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Time commitment to review very long article

I've been asked to review an 80 page article (63 pages + 15 page appendix, it's computer science). I've already sunk a lot of time into this, and am maybe 2/3rds of the way through. Luckily, it is a ...
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I just got invited to referee an article! Is it OK to share this achievement on social media?

I am very proud of this achievement and I am thinking about sharing the email to social media. Is it okay to post it as long as I remove confidential information, e.g. manuscript id, title, author? ...
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Why is the Editor behaving so rudely to me? [duplicate]

I have submitted a paper to an SCI index journal on Jan 15, 2020. After writing to the handling editor a couple of times, they said that the paper was under review. On Dec 10 2021, I received an email ...
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How to protect ourselves from predatory reviewers?

When authors submit paper to a journal, the paper will go through the peer review process. When a reviewer accepts to review a paper, the reviewer is then given the power to delay the publication of ...
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What are pros and cons for paid peer review? [closed]

I think in the current system the reviewers are not properly rewarded. Yes there are outstanding reviewers awards (even gift cards), but that's only a small fraction of reviewers, and the majority of ...
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Should new researchers volunteer to review conference papers?

I am a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Information Systems, and I have never published a paper before. I am planning to submit a paper to a conference, and the conference specifically ...
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Is it normal for a reviewer to comment about suitability for publication after addressing their comments?

I have a paper submission that now is going through the second round of revisions. Reviewer #1 suggested publishing after some minor changes, while reviewer #2 has been more critical of the piece. ...
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How long does it usually take for journals to resolve 'expressions of concern'?

The 'expression of concern' in question is this one. It says: The journal and publisher have been alerted to concerns about this article, and an investigation is in progress. In the interim, we alert ...
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Should I send an email to the journal to ask about a submission 4 months ago? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript in December, and it was assigned to an editor in March. It went under review and one reviewer report was ready in late March. I have been waiting for the last two months for ...
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How to improve quality of figures after reviewers have mentioned it? [closed]

The paper we are working on was accepted and we got a comment saying "Quality of Figures could be improved". All the figures that are given have been exported from matplotlib and have all ...
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Conference optionally requests prior versions and reviews - should I submit this info?

Besides the anonymized manuscript of the paper, a conference in my field (HCI) "highly encourages" to also submit the venue and ID where the paper was previously submitted (and rejected) a ...
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Should I tell the editor I'm declining a review invitation because the authors are hostile about feedback?

I have been invited to review a paper for a good journal. The paper is certainly on my expertise areas. However, I have reviewed papers for the same authors in the past (and accepted some/most of them)...
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Chance of publication in top combinatorics journals after complicated submission history

(First appeared in Mathoverflow) In May 2020, I submitted a paper to a notable Combinatorics journal where a couple of earlier papers in the topic of my paper had been published. It was one of my ...
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Wiley journal submission status question - "Pending editor assignment" [duplicate]

I have recently submitted a manuscript to a Wiley journal. I submitted it approximately 11 days ago. From then until now, my manuscript status was as follows: Undergoing initial checking Awaiting ...
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Article review: to decline or not decline

I've been invited to review a paper for Frontiers. I don't particularly like to review for them for several reasons not too relevant for this particular Q, but just to illustrate my baseline level ...
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Should I review papers according to my conviction about correct methodology or according to the usual methodology applied in published papers?

If you disagree with most of the research community about some methodological questions**, how should you act as a reviewer of a paper? Should you review as most reviewers would? Or should you follow ...
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How should I balance two very conflicting peer reviews on a manuscript? [duplicate]

I received reviews for a manuscript that are very conflicting, and I am not sure how best to proceed. One reviewer states the paper is a great contribution to the field, good length, provides some ...
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What to do if a reviewer's question is nonsense

I have received a reviewer comment that is not understandable. Specifically, the comment asks that I show that X is true, but I never mention X in the whole paper and X is not even related to my work. ...
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Why did the status of my paper change from "awaiting reviewer scores" back to "under review"? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to a journal that uses the ScholarOne submission system. The manuscript status has changed from "awaiting reviewer scores" back to "under review". What does ...
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What is the difference between Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation and Awaiting Reviewer Invitation? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and the status changed from Awaiting Reviewer Selection to Awaiting Reviewer Confirmation. It has been 1.5 months with no change in status. I'm curious if we are ...
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