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Paper with potentially inappropriately-ordered authors, should a journal act?

I would strongly encourage you to go for Option (1) - do nothing. You are reading a lot into a very noisy signal. It's possible that something shady is going on, but it is also very possible that the ...
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Is it rude to tell an editor that a paper I received to review is out of scope of their journal?

I don't think it's rude as long as you communicate it non-rudely. It would be rude for the editor to expect you to blindly review a paper without paying attention to this sort of thing. For example, ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

This situation happens when the editor believes that the quality of the research in the paper is not up to the journal standards, regardless of correctness. The reviewer might see that the paper has ...
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Does the editorial board of a journal have the ethical right to refuse publication for insulting the reviewer?

A journal has no obligation to publish anything, actually, so I don't see an ethical issue. If they refuse to publish something of value then there is an opportunity cost but nothing more. The authors ...
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Politely suggesting to the editor that they should invite more reviewers

I don't think it is advisable at all. First, to "inform" the editor that they should invite more reviewers, rather than, say, "asking" them if they might consider seeking ...
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Do editors pretend that someone asked for you to review to make acceptance of review requests more likely?

No, this is not something that is common practice for editors. Perhaps there is some editor, somewhere, who has decided that telling this kind of white lie is a good way to improve the acceptance rate ...
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Speed of review with respect to the paper's quality

For the vast majority of peer reviews, the deciding factor is when the reviewer finds the time for it amongst all of their other duties. Quality doesn’t factor into this. My peer-review workflow is ...
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Can I contact the editor with relevant personal information in hope to speed-up the review process?

My gut says this would not be inappropriate but it might not be effective. Everyone wants their papers published quickly. I can't imagine your situation is unique. I suppose that if your potential job ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

Say no. I get these "please join our editorial board" invitations all the time. The (new) journal wants to be able to advertise a significant editorial board. The journal may or may not be ...
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"Decision in process" after the median number of days from submission meaning

If the median is 10 days, that means that half of decisions take longer than that. Plus, among the half of decisions that get taken in 10 days or less are presumably all the desk rejections that ...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

You should submit the best version of your paper that you are capable of submitting. Whether the shorter or longer version is the best version is up to you to figure out. It's fine to ask editors ...
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Speed of review with respect to the paper's quality

Very bad papers are easiest to review. The reviewer needs to point out one fatal flaw (e.g. see this paper which got the same results ten years ago; or Proposition x is wrong and here is why) and the ...
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Asking editors for similar journals

As a journal editor, if I see that something is obviously a good fit elsewhere, I recommend that journal in my rejection email. If you're really stuck on where to try to publish the work, consider ...
Jess Smith's user avatar
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Politely suggesting to the editor that they should invite more reviewers

No, it is not advisable to do that. People generally don't appreciate others telling them how to do their job (with exceptions for trainers, supervisors, mentors, people that where asked for help, etc)...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

Don't do it. If you submit a paper and promise to shorten it, why not shorten it right away? The editor won't bother sending a draft paper out for review and an improved version of the same paper ...
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Is it common practice to accept an applied mathematics manuscript based on only one positive report?

It is normal to solicit more than one review of a paper. Its perfectly normal for the editor to decide to publish if only one of the two reviews is positive, and the editor feels the positive reviewer ...
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Is it possible to edit name in a paper at the stage of pre-proof correction after acceptance?

Yes, editing mis-spellings and other obvious mistakes is possible at this stage. Contact the editor, journal staff, or the person with whom you have communicated about the proofs as soon as you can, ...
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Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?

I'm going to differ from Ethan Bolker and say you should consider it. It's not a concern that you are invited even though you're not a professor, because there's no rule that says only professors can ...
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Does a research paper of a Phd student get equal attention in top category math. journal?

Your premise is wrong when you say "Because it is difficult for an editor in half an hour to fully judge the paper quality." As an editor-in-chief of a Q1 journal, I see a lot of papers and ...
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Asking editors for similar journals

wished me luck publishing this elsewhere This is just polite language. They probably do not care about your manuscript specifically; they certainly have also experienced papers being rejected, though,...
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Shall I write a rebuttal letter or just transfer my manuscript? How shall I write the letter?

Rule one of responding to referee reports: Referees misunderstanding your manuscript is a "you problem" not a "referee" problem. If a referee has misunderstood what you wrote, ...
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Can I contact the editor with relevant personal information in hope to speed-up the review process?

You can, and a sympathetic editor can probably speed things up a little. They could, e.g., invite more reviewers to start, pass your message to the reviewers and see if they can speed up the review, ...
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Sending paper to a journal while proposing its shortening right away

At least in mathematics (my field) it would be normal to say in a cover letter to an editor/journal that "the paper can be substantially shortened, if necessary, at the expense of omitting some ...
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Is it rude to tell an editor that a paper I received to review is out of scope of their journal?

I have written several reviews where I said the manuscript topic did not fit the journal. I do not think it is rude. In my experience the editors ignore this. If somebody submitted a manuscript to ...
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Paper with potentially inappropriately-ordered authors, should a journal act?

I find it very easy to imagine a scenario where the student did most of the writing even if the professor contributed most of the ideas. Reasons for this include: the professor is likely to be busy ...
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Does the editorial board of a journal have the ethical right to refuse publication for insulting the reviewer?

To dissect the ethics, it helps to first think about what ethical obligations journals have in general. The ones that I can come up with and that may be relevant to this situation are: Avoid ...
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Are editors of top-tier journals biased in their decisions by the authors names and affiliations?

There're a lot of studies that indicate that the answer is "yes". Here's a recent example. Our analysis shows that editors tend to be more likely to invite high-scoring manuscripts for ...
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Asking editors for similar journals

First, I think you have to ask yourself, "Why would the editor of a journal that rejected my paper know better than I do where else I might publish the piece?" It certainly isn't obvious to ...
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Can I contact the editor with relevant personal information in hope to speed-up the review process?

Yes, you can ask, but it might not have any effect. It is unlikely to slow the process, but the reviewer has their own time constraints. But the editor might be able to get you a decision some days or ...
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Speed of review with respect to the paper's quality

The quality of a paper can affect the amount of time that it takes to perform a good review in a number of ways, as noted by other answers. However (and I realise this isn't something you asked, but ...
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