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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How should I handle reviewing a paper that is very similar to something I am working on?

I was sent a paper to review recently. I decided to review the paper and saw that part of the paper is on a very similar method that I have been working on recently. Not the wording, of course, but ...
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As an editor, what measures can I implement to prevent image/photo manipulation?

There's been a case of alleged data manipulation in a recent Nano Letters paper (initial report here; now-retracted paper):      You can surely make your own opinion on whether the images have been ...
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How to interpret this rejection email from Journal of American Math Society? Anything to read between the lines?

I had submitted a paper manuscript to JAMS (J. of Amer. Math Soc) and recieved the following email 2 months after the submission. Can you help me interpret this email, as to what the situation is and ...
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How to handle a possibly biased editor?

Suppose a journal editor rejects a manuscript with only one reviewer’s feedback, but the few comments the reviewer and editor made were almost entirely minor comments (e.g. “use these units for this ...
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Response to referee after rejection

I recently had a paper rejected: both referees pointed to a unique issue with our work. One referee's criticism was fair, hence I feel the rejection decision was fair. The other referee however, ...
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Reviewer recommending citation of certain papers of specific group of authors may be himself

Recently I had a challenge in responding to a reviewer (#2) for revising our work. The reviewer asked us to refer 16 papers in multiple parts of the paper. I decided to refer some of these references ...
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Submitting a paper to a new journal with responses for the rejection to the first journal

I submitted my paper in IEEE Transcations of XXX and got a rejection. But the comments were really helpful and has helped me a lot in improving the paper. But, unfortunately, I cannot resubmit that ...
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How shall I report a critical error in a given paper?

This is a follow-up of my previous question about this course task: Find an existing, published research paper in the field of Chemical Engineering and try to autonomously replicate its results (...
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Could/Should I cite a paper that I am refereeing?

I'm reviewing the paper X related to the topic Y for a conference which is single-blind (in Computer Science). Also, I'm about to submit a paper to a different conference related to the same topic (...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

I have been asked by a well-established professor to review a regular paper submitted to IEEE Transactions, however, I am concerned as in the email, he titled me "Dr. Monkia" although I am still being ...
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Is it acceptable to say that a reviewer's concern is not going to be addressed because then the paper would be too long?

It is my understanding that philosophy papers have less chance of being published if they are over 7,000 or 8,000 words long. But at the same time we philosophers often complain that a given author's ...
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What to do when a referee asks for changes I am not willing to make?

I have submitted a paper later that was reviewed by four reviewers. I submitted my revisions to all reviewers. Three accepted the review, while the last is still asking for modifications. The ...
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Is it unfair for paper circumstances to play a role in the review of the paper? [closed]

Let me say beforehand that this question does not refer to scientific correctness and treats it as undisputed, i.e. the paper is assumed correct in the sense that it clearly states a valid purpose, ...
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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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How to review a major revision of a paper?

A few months ago I reviewed my first paper. The authors submitted a major revision and I am asked to review the paper again. I received a long cover letter where my comments and the comments of two ...
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How to ask an editor to exclude a reviewer when the reasons are personal

I am submitting a manuscript to a journal. I wish to exclude a colleague from being the reviewer of the manuscript. The journal has a single blind review: authors are known, reviewers are anonymous. ...
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Recommended rejection of a paper, but invited to review the paper again

I was recently asked to review a paper, and ended up recommending a rejection of the paper. The journal has, apparently, asked the authors to revise their paper, and the journal has come back to me ...
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Who can peer-review articles?

I was unable to find any information online about this. I asked a colleague who told me that there are no restrictions on who may review an article, although he thought it was very unlikely that an un-...
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Is it appropriate as a referee to contact an author after the editor rejected the manuscript?

This is related to this question, but it is more a special case of it. I reviewed a manuscript, which was submitted to a reputable traditional journal. The journal has a single-blind review system. I ...
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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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As a reviewer, how much raw data or code should you request?

The topic of reproducible research is attracting quite some press these days, yet much remains to be done. In this spirit, I am asking what can be a reviewer's role in this — I'll explain fully below. ...
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How to act as an editor?

I have been on both the author and the referee sides, but I was wondering how editors approach their task. In particular, to what level of detail do you read the paper you assign to referees, and when ...
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Do reputable journals ever conduct peer review entirely by email?

In the comments to one of the answers to this question, the asker points out that he is asked to submit his review of a manuscript for publication via email and that there is no formal online system ...
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How to supply proof that you are a reviewer for a journal?

How can you prove that you are a reviewer for a certain journal. For example, I have been invited to review a paper in a certain journal and on my CV I want to write that I have reviewed in this ...
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What tools do you use in academia to jointly review a thesis?

I am giving a thesis for review by several supervisors, who will comment and request changes. It's written in LaTeX, but I don't want to bother the people involved with having to compile that ...
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I peer reviewed a paper and found it to be sound - technically and language-wise. How should I write the review report?

I reviewed a research paper and found it to be well-written with no technical or language issues. How should I go about writing the review report for the paper? If I write something on the lines of "...
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Applying to a lab as a post-doc; I am peer-reviewing their work

I'm applying to a lab whose work I happen to be pretty familiar with, due to peer reviewing one of their articles. Is it ethical to mention this information to them? I feel that if I don't mention ...
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Is it acceptable as referee to contact an author on a paper you review?

I am reviewing the second revision of a paper and am getting tired of this incredibly slow process of me pointing something out that requires clarification just to hear back from those authors two or ...
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Does emailing a journal to ask if my article is within scope hurt chances of getting published?

When I started my "quest for knowledge" several years ago I began in an already ill defined-field which was on the borders between science and philosophy but as I progressed I drifted further and ...
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How to react to unfair reviewer comments?

I'm in a situation where my paper is accepted conditionally, thus I need to revise it in some way as stated by the reviewers. While two reviews were encouraging and mostly constructive, the third ...
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What are the different acceptance levels in peer review?

I'm new to academic writing. I submitted a paper which I co-authored with my supervisor to an upcoming conference. I wasn't too confident that the paper would be up to scratch because I'd never ...
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Should I recommend accepting a manuscript with major revisions because of a strong topic, but quite poor content?

I have been given my first manuscript to review for a journal. The topic is a very good one, it fills a research gap nicely and is an area that I specialise in. However, the execution of the paper is ...
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How much time does each stage of paper in Elsevier Editorial System (EES) take? [closed]

We have submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal and now I want to know how much time each stage in article lifecycle take? There is an article in Elsevier site which describes different status of a ...
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Is it inappropriate for an author to copy and paste from his/her original paper in an extension paper?

I am currently a referee for a paper. One of the authors of the paper had written an earlier paper, which I will refer to as the "original paper," and the paper which I am now refereeing is an ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get a graduate student to complete a manuscript peer review that the professor has been assigned? [duplicate]

Is it ethical to a professor to accept a manuscript for review, and then have a graduate student referee it? What about assisting as a referee? I understand that graduate students can be involved in ...
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Is providing a slow response to journal reviews a common/good strategy for minimizing the number of review requests?

It is well known that in mathematics the process of reviewing submitted papers is quite long. There are good reasons for that; intrinsically, reviewing a math paper involves checking and understanding ...
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How do you join programme committees for conferences?

For most conferences in my field it seems to be invitation-only, i.e. somebody has to suggest you/remember you. Are there any conferences that have open calls for applications to the programme ...
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How to use results/ideas from a paper I reviewed?

I recently reviewed a paper (general applied mathematics context). During the review, I realized that the fairly general ideas introduced in the paper can potentially be applied to a specific problem ...
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How long is too long to wait for a rejection because of a lack of reviewers?

I am posing this question here because of a mini-controversy that arose on another list on which I participate. One poster suggested that the poster's "rights were trampled on," because a journal ...
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Should I disclose to the editor that I am reviewing a similar paper by different authors for a different journal?

About a year ago I received a request to review a paper from author X in journal A. The paper uses a hype tool T to solve a common problem, which is good, but due to some shortcomings in the ...
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Identity of a supposed anonymous referee revealed through “Description” of the report

I received a referee report from a journal (with single blind peer review policy). If that matters, the journal uses "Editorial Manager" system. By clicking on "View Attachments", one can see 5 ...
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Co-author responds to email by mistake cc'ing the EiC

I (first author) received a decision on a manuscript recently (minor revision). All my co-authors were cc'ed in the decision email and some of them replied to the decision email saying "...
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What to do when a reviewer is late while daily posting about other activities on social media?

I am an associate editor for a journal. I have asked an academician to perform a review for the journal, to which they agreed. The reviewer is already 6 weeks late (6 weeks after the deadline), not ...
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What to do when a referee asks me to do something impossible/unreasonable?

What are my best options when a reviewer misunderstands my work and asks for an unreasonable improvement? She was very clear that this was a major issue and that she would only accept the paper under ...
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Why is peer review anonymous?

There have been a number of questions asked here, such as this question, or this question. The first question asked about how to find the authors of peer reviews. The second discussed the benefits of ...
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Resubmitting elsewhere without any key change when a paper is rejected

While not necessarily being an expert, I have extensive experience in biomedical scholarly publishing as author (>500 scholarly papers published) and reviewer (>1000 manuscripts reviewed). Most of my ...
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Is it unethical to send unofficial feedback to authors of a paper which I declined to review due to conflict of interest?

I was asked to review a paper which was submitted to a conference. The author of the paper was one of my former professors* and of course I declined to review the submission due to conflict interest. ...
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Add acknowledgments and self citations to paper only after the blind review?

I am writing a conference paper of the first time, and the conference I am targeting requires anonymized submissions for the peer review. But at the same time, we (as in, my research group) are ...
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Average time alloted for manuscript review across disciplines

I am asking this question because I've always had the impression that manuscripts submitted to a journal in my field (theoretical linguistics) take an insanely long time to get published, and ...
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Can I submit an article just for the sake of useful feedback?

I have made some research about a topic in Computer Science. The issue was that I am a little bit dubious if the procedure that I followed was correct. The problem gets worse because the work is not ...

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