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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PhD thesis: novelty at the time of proposal but not submission

Location: India Field: Neuroscience Background: A few years ago, at the time of joining my PhD, I submitted a proposal which was eventually approved by the institute and the ethics committee. At the ...
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How to proceed after reject & resubmit

I recently got a reject & resubmit which usually would not bother me too much, however, this case is a bit special: The specific journal runs a single-blind peer review process. One review was ...
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What does “Awaiting Assignment to Batch” mean?

My paper was accepted a week ago, at that time the status in the ScholarOne manuscript center changed from "accept" to "awaiting production checklist". They also said I would ...
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Can a paper be rejected for only detailing an algorithm mathematically and not programmatically (via pseudocode)? [closed]

Imagine you are a peer reviewer presented with a paper that states an algorithm was implemented in python to test an analytical process on large datasets. The details of how the algorithmic process ...
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For most journals, do peer reviewers expect common notions such as arithmetic mean to be formally defined?

If making use of standard statistical notions such as arithmetic mean, do peer reviewers still expect to see a formal definition such as μ = ( Σ Xi ) / N, or is the notion so common that it'd be ...
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Do peer reviewers generally care about alphabetical order of variables in a paper?

I am wondering if some peer reviewers may nitpick about the choice of variables in a math-heavy paper, namely whether they follow alphabetical order throughout the succession of the presentation of ...
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Question for review [closed]

What are the type of question you can ask someone when you send you manuscript to for review. The person may not necessarily be in your field.
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I submitted my revised paper in elsevier journal. It's been more than 15 days, how much time it takes to give final decision [duplicate]

After submitting the revised manuscript in the Elsevier journal, how much time it takes to give a final decision or minor revision. It's been already more than 15 days. Should I wait or can I enquire ...
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Manuscript status is in “Revise and Resubmit” with only 1 reviewer's comment [duplicate]

Manuscript submitted in an elsevier journal is now in "Revise and Resubmit" status. Journal editor provided only one reviewer's comments. The comments suggested some minor changes only and ...
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Should I edit reviewer quotes (typos, etc.) in a response to reviewers?

I am writing a response to reviewers. One reviewer's comments included typos and other incorrect English phrasing, but the intent of the reviewer's points was clear. When I reproduce or quote the ...
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If a reviewer comments that the overall writing needs to be improved will they reject if some errors remain?

I submitted the major revision and one reviewer's comment was to improve the overall writing. I'm trying to improve the flow and writing, but some grammatical errors and typos are still left. Will ...
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Reviewers comments refer to last (senior) author

I have recently received my first manuscript back for major revisions and found one of the reviewers comments strange. Within the comments the reviewer refers to the paper as "Author D et al's ...
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Can I use an exact sentence from reviewer in the later submission?

I submitted a paper and received reviewers' comments on it. Would using an exact sentence (just a single sentence) that one reviewer used in his/her comments be considered plagiarism? The sentence is ...
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Eleven reviewers invited but only one has accepted--is this a problem? [duplicate]

I have a manuscript under review at Nature Scientific Reports. The editorial system shows eleven reviewers invited but only one has accepted. Is this a problem? Is it normal?
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How does sending manuscript to new reviewers close the review loop?

I had sent a manuscript of mine to one of the IEEE Transactions journals a while ago. After the first round of revision, I received some comments of two reviewers (let's call them A and B). But after ...
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Reviewing article and bad-faith citation

I did my PhD topic in mechanical engineering. A decade later, I agreed to review an article on the exact same topic, that has a great number of similarities with mine. OK, that can happen. The authors ...
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Current status “minor review” what is next? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper in a journal under Taylor and Francis and after the first review the status of the paper is "minor review". Both of the reviewers said that my manuscript can be accepted ...
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Is it ok to add new details to the camera-ready version of the conference paper?

My conference paper got accepted. I was told I have an extra page for the camera-ready version. And my method is built upon an existing method. Now I realize that, in the existing method, there might ...
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Dealing with burnout from long review process

There are a number of other questions about dealing with non-response or the length of the review process and some here about burnout in academia. I'm in the end of getting a paper accepted, but (...
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What to do to speed up the paper publication process? [duplicate]

One month ago, I have submitted a paper in a journal under Taylor and Francis. 3/4 days later after the submission, the status changed to "under review" and till now the status remained ...
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Does ''recommended for publication subject to minor revision'' implies aceptance? [duplicate]

I have submitted my manuscript to one of the peer-reviewed journals of chemistry and the decision was 'recommended for publication subject to minor revision'. I have submitted the revision but two ...
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Writing a peer-review suggestions letter for a journal editor

I am submitting my review for a journal but they ask for a letter with peer review suggestions (3), but it is not templete, and i am not sure if I can suggest any peer for the review or they have a ...
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Pre-print service like Arxiv but with private option, so I can correct my mistakes without publicly advertising my mistakes?

As a student, I make mistakes all the times, and stealing my idea will not face a heavy retaliation. I don't mind if someone come-up with concurrent works, but I do mind if my key idea is leaked. Many ...
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Receiving a “Major Revision” After undergoing a “Minor Revision”

I submitted my article earlier this year in January. After 5 months i received a "Major revision", there was 3 different reviewers, and they made very relevant comments, that i found very ...
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Dilemma: Where to publish?

I am an early career researcher from India. I had earned a PhD from a top European University four years ago and then I moved to my home country early this year. I have been working on a century old ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

A colleague of mine, who I regard scientifically, just invited me to submit an article to a special issue of a journal which I consider predatory. I consider this journal predatory because its ...
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To what extent can I refer to closed-access reviewer comments in my public task management workflow?

I have written and submitted a manuscript to a journal owned by Oxford University Press. This manuscript describes the associated source code, which is stored in a public GitHub repository. The ...
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Is it appropriate for peer-reviewer to look for possible plagiarism?

I'm in the second year of a post-doc, and currently participating in my first experience as a peer-reviewer (my lab PI recommended me to the editor because he's too busy to do it right now). I noticed ...
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How concerned should one be if he/she does not get referee invitations?

A friend of mine is an experienced researcher in early career. We are surprised to learn that she never get invited to referee for any journal. I once rejected a referee request and referred the ...
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Contacting a researcher for academic queries, but he/she may be a potential reviewer?

So I have a paper submitted in a conference which requires double-blind review. But while this paper is under review, I had a query in a paper I was reading of the very same field. Now, the authors ...
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Are non-first authors less likely to be invited for peer review?

In fields where the order of authors matters (e.g., health and medical fields), does the order of authors of published papers generally affect how editors choose peer reviewers for new submissions? ...
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Should I point out a flaw in a paper, which will likely result in withdrawal and resubmission, before I start to write the review?

The paper I just got to review consists of Theorem A and its Corollary B, the latter settling a major open problem in the field, it is said. Unfortunately, the problem is not open, it was done in an ...
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Submitting a paper to a peer-reviewd journal after putting it on medRxiv

Most COVID-19 related papers(about 2/3) go as pre-prints on arXiv/medRxiv, and so I decided to do the same. Is it still possible to submit the same preprint to a peer-reviewed journal? In such case, ...
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Given reviewer comments, shall I resubmit after the rejection?

I had submitted a manuscript to a SCI indexed journal and I received a rejection after 4 months The reviewers comments stated: The reviewer stated only 1 correction in the whole paper and wrote the ...
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Are there guidelines that say if post-submission publications must be cited?

I can see from this question Can I cite a paper published after the initial submission of my paper? asking if it is okay to cite papers after submission is answered as, yes- and sometimes you need to. ...
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How to get feedback on unfinished research papers if I don't have any direct contact with people qualified in my field?

I have a question which can seem a bit unusual. How can I get feedback on unpublished scientific articles if I have no direct connection with anyone qualified in my field? The fact is that now I am ...
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Paper author has not included all suggestions in peer review

I am peer-reviewing a postgraduate paper. I reviewed the paper and sent off my recommendations for major corrections. Now the paper has come back and the author has only implemented around half of my ...
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Are there any positives/negatives in this rejection email ? or, it is just a desk rejection?

I received the following rejection email today : Dear Prof. XXX, This message concerns the manuscript XXXX by XXX submitted to XXXXX journal. Informal consultations with possible reviewers have ...
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Double blind peer review: authorship can be inferred from the manuscript

I am considering submitting to a journal that only does double blind peer review. As I have no experience with this kind of review process I have a question. I removed any direct reference to the ...
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reviewers asked to use continuous data instead of grouping participants. Should I do it? [closed]

I have done a research where I grouped participants based on their scores on Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II). In study 1, my groups were healthy controls (scores 0-13) vs depressed (>13). In ...
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How can a paper be accepted by Physical Review Letters? [closed]

In the first round, we get two reports from the Editor. Referee A just rejected it and referee B said that he is not sure. Since referee A had made a mistake, we appealed to this manuscript. At the ...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

The referee process is technically double blind but I managed to figure out the identity of the referee by writing style. I am 100% sure about this finding. The referee rejected my paper and I cannot ...
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The referee says that I did not attempt to “reject” my model – what does this mean?

A referee wrote: The experimental results tried to confirm but did not attempt to reject the model. Obviously my null hypothesis is that my model is wrong, and I rejected that hypothesis. What does ...
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Change of email address in peer-review system

My goal is to serve as journal reviewers as much as possible, and I have recently changed affiliation. I have published several papers using my old affiliation's email address which is now closed ...
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How to respond to a reviewer's comment when he is asking for experimental data but your paper is based on theoretical calculations?

We submitted a research paper in physics. In this paper, we take structural parameters from the experimental work and then perform simulations using density functional theory and present our results. ...
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A journal keeps requesting reviews after I have declined any more

I recently received an invitation to review two papers from a journal(!) through EDAS, which I have an account with, only because many years ago and while I was studying my Bachelor degree, I ...
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Manuscript under review for long time [duplicate]

4 months ago we submitted a manuscript in a biomedical journal. Two days later the status changed (under review). The status has remained "under review" since then. Last week, I have ...
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Status of paper changed from “Awaiting Recommendation” back to “In Peer Review” [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology on Aug. 6th. Two days ago after about 40 days the status changed from "In Peer Review" to "Awaiting ...
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What to do if the corresponding authors do not share the referees' response?

My PhD advisers and I have an under review paper in a top tier journal. Recently, I received an email from the chief editor of the journal informing us that the paper has been reviewed and they ...
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Can I ask the Associate Editor of a journal for an update on a paper I refereed?

I wrote a referee report for a paper and recommended a minor revision. This was in December 2019 and I have not heard from the associate editor regarding the fate of this paper. Is it inappropriate ...

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