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You don't need to drop out of the normal first-person-plural way of academic writing. You can write something like: Bob e.a. [1] theorize that (something you disagree with), but we are skeptical because (reasons you disagree). In this paper we offer an alternative hypothesis (your own ideas) and propose experiments to support it. It doesn't matter ...


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You need not go to first person to convey this idea. How about: Alternatively, it may be the case that ... [your alternative goes here]. Just be sure that your theories are testable, lest they become conjecture. Then test your theories.


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First of all, this doesn't look like a reviewer's comment, but rather like a copy-editor's comment. And if I interpret the comment correctly, they just want a note that indicates when the resource was last accessed for all online resources. So you only have to add "(Accessed 10 January 2020)" after the URL. This is completely unrelated to the age of the ...


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If they're objecting to your citation style, don't worry. They are hardly going to recommend rejection because your citation style is wrong (or even if they do the editor is unlikely to actually reject for that reason). The journal's production staff will fix it for you if/after your paper is accepted.


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Keep in mind that many faculty members (like myself) are still on Holiday Break and may not be checking e-mail as often as they would if the semester was in session. That being said: I would wait until January 21st (which is typically the latest date for a semester to start) and reach out to the editor again (politely, of course). If you still do not hear ...


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Getting no response to status inquiries at all is not normal. Make sure you're contacting the right editor. Unless the journal is dead (i.e. no new papers accepted and published), someone out there is organizing peer review. That someone should be able to answer your question. However if you're writing to the wrong email address which might not even work ...


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Withdraw. That is far too long especially given lack of any communication as well as fact that journal isn’t even quite the right fit. But you need to get it withdrawn. Have you contacted the general editor? Time to escalate.


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Many think it is unethical to have your coauthor to review the paper; many think it is not. Many journals and associations have strict guidelines on this matter; I suggest you to take a look at the answers to Conflict of interest as a referee, especially @DavidRicherby's one, and possibly also to other questions with the tag conflict-of-interest. In any ...


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I assume you mean a formal co-author. Someone listed on the paper itself. It isn't unethical to nominate them, but I don't think any editor would go along with it. They want an independent analysis. So, I think you would be wasting an opportunity by naming a co-author. It would probably generate a laugh at the editorial office. But if you are speaking ...


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Unless you know the actual process of the given journal all you can really conclude is that it is "moving along" in the process. Some journals will have "awaiting referee reports" or similar. But it is possible that the paper was quickly reviewed by a trusted reviewer and it is back to the editor already. If it sits too long without changing its ...


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Don't ask multiple editors. Ask the one who's most appropriate. Who is most appropriate depends on your query, but the obvious candidate is the editor-in-chief. Emailing several different editors is kind of pointless because they're all subordinate to the editor-in-chief anyway and probably will defer to the EiC's decision.


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Get personalized advice from a professor at your college. It sounds like your current problem is not publishable anymore since you've been preempted. Still, there could be a way to spin it so that it's still publishable (the fact that you're using it in a different field is a good sign), and if so a professor at your college who can examine the problem and ...


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It's not wise to submit it now. Apart from that, I don't know what to advise. Keep this work at the back of your head and move on with other work. Perhaps someday you may get more ideas to improve upon this work. Positive thing is, your problem is right, publishable and you are one of the very few who were able to solve it. So one day it will be useful to ...


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