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Submission and Peer Review

Everything you need to know about journal submission and peer review processes is covered in the section. This includes answers to the questions most researchers have about the status of their paper and in-depth information regarding tracking the paper's progress from submission to publication. Tips and guidance about responding to peer review comments, resubmitting a paper, or corresponding with the journal editor for inquiry or withdrawal of also form an important part of this section.
Top 10 avoidable mistakes made by authors
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This infographic lists 10 avoidable mistakes that authors make in their manuscripts. If authors are made aware of these mistakes and they make conscious efforts to avoid them, they could indirectly avoid unwarranted delays in the publication process.
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Hello. I submitted a paper to an open access journal. They have been difficult to contact but have finally approved the manuscript and sent me a proof-read with the request to pay $2000. When I saw the proof-read I was shocked at the quality. They had omitted the introduction and changed the tables layout to one that is far worse than the one we submitted. Not only that, half the table was on one column and the other half in the other. Figures slanted, font not standardized. In other words,...
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I got this comment from the journal: "We note that this manuscript is a meta-analysis; our author guidelines therefore require that you use PRISMA guidance to help improve reporting quality of this type of study. Please upload a copy of the completed PRISMA checklist as supporting information." What should I do?
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I have been asked to complete moderate revisions for a journal. I am aware that you have to track changes made to the manuscript in reference to reviewers comments and also for this particular journal provide a (separate) response to reviewer comments detailing all changes made. I therefore have two questions regarding the tracking in the revised manuscript. 1. First, if I observe simple errors that can be corrected, for example using 'that' instead of 'which' or other grammatical errors, do I...
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I have received notification of moderate revision from a journal. In my submitted manuscript I had an error and presented a wrong value for a parameter that I calculated (In other words, my calculation was correct but I used a value from another time period; for example I stated 200 instead of say 400). I did not recognize the error until one of the reviewers highlighted it and asked how was the value so low. So I am wondering how do I proceed to answer to the reviewer comment. Would it create...
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Hi, I have studied, generalized and summarized thousands of papers. Now I propose a different aspect compared to the traditional view on tumor pathogenesis: new angle based on gene mutation. It is a hypothesis because it is difficult to test and verify under current medical devices. It involves some quantum level of tiny particles. It might be possible for a physical device to test though. I want to ask which journal can publish this kind of hypothesis paper? Medical hypothesis journal? Thanks!
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There are several types of papers; short communication, note, other than original article. In the meantime, usually how many peer reviewers are in charge for peer review per paper (short communication and note)? I have ever heard that sometimes only one peer reviewer is in charge.
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I have submitted a paper on January 10th and the status remains “Editor assigned” for almost 2 months. I want to make an inquiry now, so could you show me an example of a polite inquiry email in English.
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Thank you for providing the Data Availability Statement: "All relevant data are within the paper" Please note that the PLOS ONE data sharing policy requires that any data that would be required to replicate your study's findings be publicly shared. Please provide the individual data points behind means, medians, and variance measures presented in the results, tables, and figures, and not just those summary statistics (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/s/data-availability#loc-faqs-for-data-policy...
Help journal editors help you: Five top tips for authors
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As an author, you want to get published in the right journal by the right editor. Terry Monahan, Managing Editor of the journal Eye and Contact Lens shares her top five tips so you can avoid being rejected.

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