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Is it normal that a peer reviewer would ask for an executable file in order to check my results?

I don't know if it's normal, but it should be normal for all reviewers to make reasonable efforts to verify that the claims authors make are correct, so to the extent that it's not normal, I can only ...
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Why are review articles cited more frequently than original research articles?

I don't recall ever being told, by journal guidelines or by an editor, that I should always cite the original paper instead of a review. The review would usually contain citations of the original ...
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Is it normal that a peer reviewer would ask for an executable file in order to check my results?

I come from a different field, in which the code we use isn't a major output. But if a referee asked for the code, we would provide it and happily. Most of our work is done in python so an ...
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When writing a review article, is it okay to cite recent preprints?

Your goal is to provide your reader with an overview of where the field currently stands. "The field" is defined by what people have done, and that includes not only publications that have ...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

It is probably a good thing to do, just for the experience. It will also get you on the good side of the professor. However, make sure, in accepting, that the professor and others know that you ...
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How to resolve: Reviewer #1 says remove section X vs. Reviewer #2 says expand section X

What this means to me is that Section X needs to be revised. Reviewer #1 is pointing out that section X is not well-motivated as it stands -- because they can't figure out it's relation Reviewer #2 ...
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Potential Plagiarism of Published Papers when writing Survey Paper

Leave B out entirely. It sounds like B brings absolutely nothing new to the table that wasn't present in A - even if it wasn't obviously plagiarized, there isn't much reason to include a duplicate ...
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Why are review articles cited more frequently than original research articles?

Many papers have background that touches on enough different areas that citing all the original research in those areas would quickly balloon a paper to thousands of references. Therefore, it's common ...
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Is it convenient to ask the journal's editor for two additional days to complete a review?

Getting a review in two days late for a journal article is pretty common. I wouldn't worry about anything less than being a week late. For conferences, deadlines can be tighter, but 2 days is nothing. ...
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Suggesting my own paper when serving as a peer reviewer

My personal rule for this is that I go ahead and suggest the paper in my review, and in the "Notes to the Program Chair/Editor" I disclose that I am suggesting a paper of my own. That way, I am ...
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Can I write a systematic review by myself?

There is no reason why you cannot write a review on your own, but there are at least three possible problems: Many journals accept reviews on invitation only (but if you can find a journal that is ...
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Can I write a systematic review as an undergraduate and get it published in a journal?

Is it really possible for me to write a good review without much research experience in the field? I would say "only in exceptional cases", a fundamental component of writing a review is ...
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Why are review articles cited more frequently than original research articles?

You should ask yourself, what is the purpose of a citation? I read your perspective as: the purpose is to award credit (like "points") to research that originated an idea. That is one of the ...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

Chances are the editor noticed you authored a paper on a similar topic and is inviting you based on that. There's no harm doing this. You might feel you're not qualified, but you're being invited, ...
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Should a graduate student accept random offer to be a reviewer for IEEE Transactions paper?

The fact that they addressed you as "Dr." doesn't mean anything. In situations like a reviewer invitation, where the editor is sending an email to someone they don't know well, it's common that they ...
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When writing a review article, is it okay to cite recent preprints?

There are journals that don't let you cite unpublished materials in review article submissions. Others won't have an issue with it. So do read the author guidelines for wherever you intend to submit.
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What should I do if I receive an email asking for minor corrections in a manuscript, with no reviewer comments?

There are two obvious things that might have happened here. Neither are things to worry about. The reviewer comments are on an online manuscript management portal. You need to log in, probably to the ...
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Is it normal that a peer reviewer would ask for an executable file in order to check my results?

To summarise the situation with your data:- 1) You came up with an algorithm on paper/Matlab/whatever. 2) You implemented that algorithm in some programming language. 3) You built a set of test ...
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How to handle citing duplicate publications?

The purpose of references is for readers to look up the sources of the information you present in your article. If these publications are exactly the same, word for word, then I would not worry too ...
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What should I do about my supervisor's high demand?

Do you feel that the demand of my supervisor is too much? I work in theoretical mathematics. In that field, a requirement of four publications in journals of impact factor greater than 2 would stop ...
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How to identify the publications that cite two specific papers?

My procedure was simple but worked for me. It is similar but different to that suggested by tripartio. Look up article A in Google Scholar. Click the link for articles that cite that article A. Check ...
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Why are review articles cited more frequently than original research articles?

I agree with the previous posts, but would add that there are a few additional aspects of reviews that merit high citation counts: Most researchers start by reading a review when getting into a new ...
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When writing a review article, is it okay to cite recent preprints?

If you use something you need to cite it. It doesn't really matter whether it was "formally" published or a preprint. It should be clear from the citation where it appeared, say on arXiv. If ...
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What should I do about my supervisor's high demand?

Purely opinion. Possible, yes. Guaranteed, no. You should not bargain. You should follow your university's procedure for evaluating doctoral theses. Your advisor's job is to advise you on what ...
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Searching for articles containing a phrase in the full-text body but are absent from the title and abstract

I recommend to consult a local librarian to help you. There are several studies[1, 2, 3 ] showing that when librarians or information experts are involved in systematic reviews it results in higher ...
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Refuted papers: do they belong in a literature review?

Based on the background you gave, particularly that you are writing a detailed review article, then I think you should definitely include this article. Part of the function of a good review article ...
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What is the minimum number of research articles that must be cited to write a review article?

Your article needs to be interesting, the number of articles is secondary. If a field is very new than a review of a few articles could be interesting. However, if there are only 20 artcles it could ...
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How to resolve: Reviewer #1 says remove section X vs. Reviewer #2 says expand section X

Although this seems like you are stuck between Scylla and Charybis it isn't that bad. It is annoying that the editor is unhelpful, but they are often non-committal in these situations. Remember that ...
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Review paper very similar to mine

First I would suggest you ask someone fairly experienced to read both papers - yours and the new one - to check whether an independent person feels that they are similar. In many disciplines, review ...
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Should I write something to the reviewer who rejected my manuscript?

You really should respond to all reviewers in your response. If the only comment was "the contribution isn't strong enough", then you need to reply showing why it is, in fact, strong enough. You can ...
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