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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Why don't all disciplines follow a double-blind review system?

I'm new to the journal publishing world, and I can't but help wonder why the review process isn't completely blind? By blind, I mean the reviewers don't know who performed the research or (more ...
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Author did not make the major changes asked during the review process

I recently had my first paper to review. Since it was the first one, I took great care to be as constructive as possible and to formulate correct and accurate questions / suggestions. At that time, I ...
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Is it acceptable to decline to review a paper due to lack of familiarity?

I have recently started my PhD studies. My advisor, as member of a program committee, has delegated a the review of a conference paper to me. This is my second peer review. Since I have not done ...
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How does the acceptance rate affect papers decisions?

Some conferences do maintain a percentage for the number of accepted papers to the total number of submissions. Does this mean some good papers will be inevitably rejected just to maintain the ...
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Is asking an author I'm reviewing to cite me a conflict of interest?

I'm reviewing a paper whose work is quite related to some of my early PhD work, that was about 2 years ago. I have a paper published in a Journal that proved that method A had good solutions for the ...
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How to negotiate with referees of your paper

I have submitted a paper several years ago and its referee process took about three years and I had to revise the paper six times to get the final approval. The paper had two helpful and knowledgable ...
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How to get a PC member's attention to comment on or review my submission?

I have submitted a thesis abstract to PhD consortium and my submission was accepted. I just noticed that one of the program committee is well known professor on my thesis area. Actually, many of the ...
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Can a reviewer suggest literature for improving the language?

I am working on my PhD now for 1.5 years and was recently asked by my supervisor to assist him with a review. The reviewed paper was also written by a non-native speaker. For my first publication I ...
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Why do some reviewers mention their decision explicitly?

Recently, some of the reviews I received mentioned their decision at the end of the review (i.e. 'I recommend acceptance of the paper'), while others do not have such statements. What is the point ...
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What is the location of the nomenclature section in a scientific paper?

I received this comment from a reviewer: “ It is better to add a nomenclature section with a list of all the used symbols and their meaning as example (DVB-T, DVB-S2, BCH, OSFBC, LDPC...), ...
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How do I recognise a peer-reviewed journal article?

I have lots of research papers, but can I tell which of them are peer-reviewed. Also, on Google Scholar, is there any way of finding only peer-reviewed articles?
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Are reviewers supposed to know each others' identity, after the reviewing process is finished?

I reviewed an article and submitted my review along with a short letter to the editor. As a service the journal permits to see the decision letter and the other review. However, I am also able to see ...
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Are books peer-reviewed?

I am unsure for books but I know for certain that selected journal articles are peer-reviewed. (This just shows I am not in academia!) Do books go through a peer-review process? If so, how does this ...
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Value of light-to-none peer reviewed pay-to-publish articles

I have been approached by an international student about doing a PhD with me. As an MSc student in his home country he has published 3 articles in pay-to-publish venues, that are known to have little ...
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Thesis peer review "service"

There are a lot of post about peer review of papers, but how about graduate/undergraduate thesis? Is there somewhere on the vast internet, where one can submit his thesis for a peer review. The ...
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Festschrift articles: is the peer-review as strict as for other papers?

Many journals sometimes publish Festschriften, i.e. special issues in honor of a distinguished (but still alive) researcher in their field. Articles for such issues are typically invited articles by ...
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Is checking the format of a paper an expected part of the reviewing process?

I have some papers to review and I am wondering whether I should do an in-depth inspection over the whole paper format? I see nothing major but there might be some tiny format errors here and there.. ...
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How to avoid identifying myself in a review?

Occasionally I find myself currently reviewing a paper where I find that many of the criticisms I have are addressed in papers in which I am an author (and often as lead author). I don't want to make ...
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Article "communicated by"

What does it mean when it says under a journal article that it has been communicated by "XYZ" where XYZ is not the author but some other scholar with a very strong reputation? What is the relationship ...
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What should raise red flags to detect fabricated data

In academia, there has been recently some cases that came to light of very well known scientists that have fabricated their data out of thin air. In some instances these papers have been cited many ...
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why do academics write peer reviews?

I do not understand what good it does them. A professor said it gives opportunity to read papers he would not read on his own. I am sure there is more to it but I do not see what they gain by ...
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What do reviewers look for in a paper?

This may be a naive question but it would greatly assist me in preparing my first paper for a peer-reviewed journal. I can identify at least 4 papers that I can extract from my recently completed PhD ...
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Is it a good practice to indicate the desired handling editor when submitting a paper?

In submission forms of academic journals, I often see the possibility to give names of desired / non-desired reviewers for the submitted papers. But very rarely I see fields for choosing an editor who ...
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Asked again to review a paper, when the authors don't wish to modify it

I have received a manuscript to review for a journal. The interesting thing is, I had already reviewed this article (exact same title, abstract and author list, almost exact same content) for another ...
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When writing a peer review is it better protocol to quote parts of the orginal work or paraphrase?

I am writing a peer review exercise and I am not sure when referring to specific parts of the paper whether it is better to quote or paraphrase them. What is the correct protocol on such this? The ...
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How does a book chapter in an edited volume compare to a peer reviewed paper?

I have been invited to write a book chapter in an edited volume, relating to my field of work. I have a paper ready that I have not published and was planning to submit it soon. So, I am wondering is ...
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How to get started with submitting first peer reviewed paper based on PhD?

I am not based in academia so unsure what the protocols (and the underlying and unwritten conventions are) in regard to getting my first paper published in a peer reviewed journal. The paper will ...
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How do I write a good peer review? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scope for the role of peer reviewer For the first time, I have been asked to do a peer review. I have accepted, because the paper is well within my expertise, and I don't have ...
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What to do if reviewers reject a paper without understanding the content?

One of my friends submitted a paper to a reputable communications journal and received some reviews a week back. The paper was rejected, but the review comments were abysmal: The language was so bad ...
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Should a reviewer critique language and text copy-paste issues?

While reviewing research papers, I often find that the author's English is not very good. Considering that English is not everyone's native language, I understand their difficulties, and I recognize ...
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Do journal editors disallow paper from college X to be reviewed by someone from college X?

What is the general opinion among editors about whether my paper should be submitted to review to academics from the same University/department? Will this ever happen? If it does happen, isn't this ...
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How much time should I spend on reviewing a paper?

I never tried to avoid becoming a sub-reviewer, and still, this question made me wonder. How much time should I, as a PhD student, spend on a review of a paper that my advisor gave me to do? Does the ...
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Is it common to review papers assigned to your supervisor?

Is it common to supervisors to email their students papers to review (which were apparently assigned to the supervisor, and not to the student). The field is Computer Science, but I would also like ...
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What are the different roles between a program committee member and reviewer?

Does someone know what are the different roles between a Program Committee (PC) member and Reviewer for conferences (e.g., in the field of machine learning)?
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Measure of review bias

I was reading the other day this blog post, about "how to peer review", and one passage struck me: Don't review like a grad student Reviews written by graduate students are among the most ...
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How to write good Response Letters for the reviewers

I've spoken with many friends, and they all agree that response letters to reviewers should be written in the most kind, cordial and humble possible way. Even if the reviewers are in an error, one ...
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Can I present the results of a paper that is currently under review?

Among the presentations in a major conference, I attended one where the author cited a paper (of theirs) under review in another major conference. Not only cited it, but showed some of its results. I ...
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How do I respond to a review of the wrong version of my paper?

I have just had the revised version of a paper rejected from a well respected journal. However, one of the reviews is clearly a review of the original draft of the paper, rather than the revised ...
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Referee access to a not-yet-public URL cited in a paper?

I am reviewing a publication, in which the authors give the URL of an online tool (data analysis and sharing) they have developed. This URL has apparently not yet been publicized, as searching for it ...
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Can you mention that you were a paper reviewer after it has been published? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are the referees of a journal allowed to reveal the title of the papers they review after the review process? Suppose you were a single-blind paper reviewer (i.e. you could ...
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Are abstracts confidential during the review process?

In an answer to a question about the confidentiality of reviews, I basically said you cannot reveal information about the review until the paper is publicly available. This question about revealing ...
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Are the referees of a journal allowed to reveal the title of the papers they review after the review process?

I am wondering if a referee can reveal the title of the papers he/she has refereed for a journal (either by talking about it in the pub, posting it on facebook or another mean) after the decision has ...
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Do you list journals you have reviewed for on your CV?

Is it acceptable to list the journals you have reviewed papers for on your CV? Is it common? Do you think it’s recommended? On the one hand, it shows that you are engaged in this necessary part of ...
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What does a "major revision" mean?

I recently received the reviews/comments for an article submitted few months back to a journal. All the reviewers overall appreciated the content and the usefulness, but also suggested corrections (...
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How to review a paper for originality?

Originality with timeliness is among the most important criteria for a paper to get published. Many a times when we are reviewing a paper, we are faced with dilemma as to how much of it is original, ...
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How to revise/resubmit a rejected article taking an unorthodox view

This question is similar to Overcoming Fear of Rejection, but not the same. My experience in academia was teaching Computer Science for four years at a mostly liberal arts college, and that was 30 ...
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Can grant money be spent on travel to program committee meetings?

Many research conferences hold an in-person program committee meeting for all of the members of the program committee, where the PC members make the final decisions about which papers to accept or ...
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What to do if a referee plagiarises the result after rejecting a paper?

I find myself in an awkward situation. Nearly two years ago I submitted a paper to a reputable mathematics journal. After 15 months it was rejected with the rationale that there had been papers ...
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How to ensure proper peer-review for a self-published book?

In this day and age, with more and more people going the self-publishing route, I'd be interested in experiences from/opinions about how to go about having your self-published book properly peer-...
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Under what circumstances can one republish a conference paper/presentation?

For conferences that "peer review" and "publish" full papers, when, if ever, can you resubmit essentially unchanged versions for publication in a peer reviewed journal? In my field, when conference ...