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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Is poor English grammar and writing style overlooked in otherwise strong math paper submissions?

Is poor English grammar and writing style overlooked by peer reviewers and editors in otherwise strong math paper submissions?
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Should arguments based on the proponent's gender be used in a grant proposal?

Recently I have reviewed a project from a female proponent. Among the scientific content there was a section about the under-representation of women in a specific field - saying that, on top of all ...
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Author wants to withdraw or insist on re-reviewing at proof stage of publication

I am editing a small scholarly journal published by a learned society. One of our authors, after his manuscript was finally accepted for publication and he had signed and returned the publishing ...
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Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

Say a reviewer writes something like This paper is [yada yada blah blah]. Sincerely, Professor John Smith, Big Name University Should the editor just forward the review to the authors ...
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Is it accepted/common to answer factually inaccurate reviewer comments in case of rejection?

I recently got a paper rejected. I do not plan on appealing, I definitely see that some elements of the paper need improvements. Nevertheless, some of the comments from one reviewer are factually ...
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Literature searches in publications when you have limited access to journals

I'm currently at an institution that has a phenomenal library system. I think every journal article or book I've ever needed, no matter how old or obscure, was available to me. I consider myself ...
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How to respond to a perplexing review?

I've received a perplexing peer-review to a submitted paper of mine. The editor asks for major revisions, and sent us two reviews. The first one is serious and raises good points: we'll work, amend ...
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Is it normal to find unknown work during peer-review process?

I worked on my research for about 2 years and recently submitted a paper to a reputed conference. The referee reports came back and one of the referees pointed out papers that I should have ...
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How long typically are paper reviews? Is there such a thing as “too long”?

When you review papers submitted for publication, is there an “optimal” length for reviews? In my experience as an author and referee, I have seen a large range of review lengths (for reference, a ...
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I've found what appears to be a fake paper in a non predatory journal

I received a paper for review from MathReviews (so, not an actual peer review). It is from a journal with Q2 classification according to Scimago, so I expect it to not be a predatory journal, ...
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How to review a revised paper I have already rejected?

I reviewed a manuscript submitted to a high-impact journal. The quality was low and I believed it could not reach the journal’s standards even by revision. I clearly recommended rejection. Now I ...
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Scope for the role of peer reviewer

As a young scholar I frequently struggle with knowing the extent to which I should be critical of particular components of papers I am reviewing. I can formulate a rough hierarchy between major ...
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Without accessing the code how can a reviewer confirm if the simulation results are correct?

I have been reviewing the articles for various top-rank journals and conferences for the last few years. After all these experiences, I can tell you there is no way to confirm the correctness of ...
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How to review a paper that relies heavily on references to unpublished work?

I am currently doing a (blind) review of a paper for a Journal in the engineering field. The manuscript seems okay so far but relies to a large extent on a unpublished paper, cited as Miller et al. ...
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Referee report ignored and not sent to authors [closed]

I am early in my career (postdoc) and don't get many papers to review. Thus when I do, I try to put in the work, do a good job, and write a constructive report that is actually useful to the authors. ...
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Re-sending a rejected paper to the same conference next year

I sent a paper to a top-tier computer-science conference, it was rejected and I got several useful suggestions for improvement. I improved the paper accordingly and I consider to submit it to the same ...
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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

DISCLAIMER: As some readers have found the following question and prior title (How to best kill a manuscript as peer reviewer) outrageously unethical, I want to clarify that, by asking this question, ...
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How do some researchers consistently get published in venues with low acceptance rates?

I'm more interested in answers from researchers in the field of computer science/electrical engineering. Having said that, readers in a different discipline observing such phenomenon are welcome to ...
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Should I worry about a referee who recommended rejection being offended if my paper is accepted?

After submitting a paper for review, I received a letter from the editors containing a negative report and informing me that their (editors') decision was to reject the paper. Although the paper was ...
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Twitter changes behavior after submitting a research paper about it to conference. What to do?

Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies – ...
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How should I decline a referee request for the paper which I refereed before?

I have received a referee request for a paper that I refereed and rejected a few months ago. I would like to decline the request because although the recent journal's rank is lower than the previous ...
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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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Being told a conflict of interest is acceptable for paper review

I was recently asked to review a paper. I feel like there is a conflict of interest as (i) I frequently collaborate with one of the authors, (ii) I discussed the paper with the authors while they were ...
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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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Whose responsibility to detect plagiarism during peer review: editor or referee?

Around a month ago, I was requested to review a paper submitted to a well-known APS journal. The main idea introduced in the paper was nice and the experimental implementation had fairly good results. ...
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Has there ever been a strike of peer reviewers?

I know peer reviewing is done freely and voluntarily, at least I think for the most part, so I am not sure strike is the best way of calling it, but it gives the idea. With all the recent discussion ...
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What do you do if you have developments on your paper during the long peer review process?

We all know that the peer review process of a manuscript can take months, and months, and more months. In this period, one continues to research, and sometimes your manuscript keeps experiencing small ...
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Are there any journals that pay reviewers?

Being a young researcher myself I received a comment from my colleague that some of the journals are paying reviewers for the reviewing process. When I gave it a thought, it started to make more ...
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Published papers with incorrect solutions of famous problems: how to raise concerns with editors?

I recently discovered the following two papers: Bruckman, Paul S. A proof of the Collatz conjecture. Internat. J. Math. Ed. Sci. Tech. 39 (2008), no. 3, 403–407, DOI: 10.1080/00207390701691574. ...
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Can I talk about articles I'm refereeing?

For the first time, I've been asked to referee an article for a journal, and a prestigious one. I work in Maths, so the article has been online as a preprint on arXiv for some time, and it was on the ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to mistakenly reject a quality paper?

If I am not wrong, turbo codes was submitted to the ICC conference and rejected but accepted later on. I want to know if there are other similar works (strong works) that were rejected at first but ...
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Should referees assume that authors will see the full report if their paper is rejected?

I have now more than once had the following series of experiences as a referee of mathematics papers: Elite Journal A sends me a paper. I find some problems with it, some small and some large, and ...
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Should you thank helpful referees in the acknowledgements section of a paper?

I submitted a paper to a [science] journal and received some particularly constructive feedback from the referees. I am inclined to add something to the effect of We are grateful to the referees for ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

I recently accepted a paper review based on an abstract. On seeing the paper, at least one of the authors has listed their address as being within an unrecognized annexed territory, like this: ...
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How serious can this review invitation be?

I published my first article a while ago, nothing special, just rigorous formalization of some well-known facts. Now I got a mail writing We have read about your published precious paper in ...
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Is it appropriate to ask colleagues opinions when reviewing a paper?

Several times my supervisor has asked me for my opinion on papers he is reviewing. I find this helpful as it encourages me to read things I otherwise would not, helps me understand how to review ...
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How can I timestamp my paper without violating double-blind review?

I submitted a paper to a top tier conference and it did not get accepted. The paper contains an original idea, and I am afraid that the paper could get plagiarized between the time I send it to ...
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How to deal with an unreasonable reviewer asking to cite irrelevant articles?

Two years ago, when I was doing my master’s degree, I was working on a computational project. My supervisor was well-known in the field and a highly reputed person. We were doing a great job, trying ...
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What do you do when you are asked to perform an official review for a journal of a manuscript written by your supervisor?

I was just handed a paper for review (official review request by an editor of a journal) written by my current supervisor (the guy with the grant). I have not been involved in this work, and I don't ...
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Re-reviewing a previously rejected article but some authors have changed from the previous submission. Should I mention that to the editor?

I recently accepted to review an article for a journal. I actually reviewed the very same article for another journal from where the submission was rejected. This is a rather common occurrence however,...
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What suggestions should I make when reviewing a poorly written paper?

Since I need a break from the reviewing... Often in my field I review papers from researchers in Asia (reviews are not double blind) which are poorly written. By poorly written, I don't mean that the ...
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Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals?

Is it legal to upload a paper to arXiv when it is under double blind review for one of the IEEE journals? I am suspicious that it may violate the double blind review requirements and I couldn't find ...
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What is too obvious to explain in a scientific paper?

Recently I had my paper reviewed for potential publishing. With no big surprise I need to make some adjustments to my paper. One of the criticisms was that my work lacks "textbook explanations" (e.g. ...
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How can an author get assurance that his work will not be stolen by journal staff or reviewers?

Suppose some author provides his original research article to a journal for publication. In this way, he is disclosing or revealing his confidential research work to that journal. Now, consider the ...
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In peer-review, is it common for a reviewer to be shown and asked to comment on other reviewers' reports?

Some months ago, I was asked to review a paper for a computer science conference. I submitted my report about a week before the deadline, and I strongly recommended acceptance subject to a few minor ...
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Should I reject a request if I've already reviewed many papers from the same author recently?

I have received requests to referee three different papers by a certain author in the past year (one of them twice, after it was rejected from the first journal). I work in applied mathematics, and in ...
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Reviewer wants me to do massive amount of work, the result would be a different article. Should I tell that to the editor?

I received a major revision decision. But it is a strange one: Reviewer 1 loved my article, called it excellent and recommended publication with very, very minor comments against it. Reviewer 2 ...
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How can one's career as a reviewer be ended?

In this forum, I am reading this great question (What is required of a mathematics referee?) by a user with the name mathprofessor. There is an answer by a user with the name Buffy which starts with: ...
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Should I review a paper that violates the maximum length limitation?

I am reviewing a conference paper that violates the maximum number of pages by more than 10%. I believe that this is enough reason to outright reject the paper. However, maybe the authors would ...
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Drawbacks of making public which journal a manuscript is submitted to, while it is under review?

Many researchers list out their submitted manuscripts on their website. Some specify the journal name, like Smith J, Oliver J (under review) My awesome paper. Nature. while others don't, like ...