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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.
How to deal with coercive citation: A case study
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Journal editors sometimes ask authors to cite a few relevant articles from the journal to increase their citation count. But what if the editor hands over a whole list of irrelevant articles from the same journal and asks the author to cite them? Read on to find out how to handle such requests.
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I submitted a manuscript to a journal, and the status changed to “In editing” one month after submission. At the same time, the sign “Pay to publish” is being displayed. Should I pay at this stage when my manuscript is not yet accepted?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 18, 2017
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I have submitted my paper to an open access journal. The status changed to “Under review” in 10 days and again changed to “Reviews received” within another 2 weeks. 10 days have passed since then, but I haven't yet been informed of the decision. I have ever heard that in general, the decision and notification is prompt if the result is rejection. I am anxious about how the editor is thinking. In this situation, which consequence can be expected from your experience? Your opinion would be...
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 18, 2017
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My paper was rejected. The reviewer commented that my English is not good and the logical structure is not sufficient. Also the reviewer suggested me to submit to a top conference. Is this a common case? I have significantly revised my paper so that the readability is improved. (I will ask for a professional service for English.) But I am scared to submit to a top conference, since I do not belong to any institution. Would you give me some advice.
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 18, 2017
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A cover letter introduces your submission to the target journal’s editors and gives them a brief overview of its contents and major details. As such, your cover letter should function as a sales pitch to the journal editors. In other words, it needs to sell the notion of why your manuscript deserves to be published in their journal and also how it matches the scope of their journal. This SlideShare will tell you everything you need to know in order to write a great cover letter for your...
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I’m going to submit a case report to Lancet, and I want to know if there is any template for the consent form. According to the instructions for authors, the report is expected to be "within 600 words", "references to be within 5 pieces", "pictures to be within 2 pieces" and "consent form should be obtained from the patients or their guardian."
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 10, 2017
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When I went through the PDF preview during submission, there was a line saying "click here to view linked reference" in the file. I clicked on it and got the message "The file 'Manuscript.pdf' is not eligible for Reference Checking and was not processed." What's the reason for this? What should I do?
  • Anonymous
  • Aug 10, 2017
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How to communicate with the journal editor
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Correspondence with authors is an important activity in the day-to-day work of editors. The exchange of information and ideas facilitates the publication process from the pre-submission phase through production and dissemination of accepted articles. Correspondence with the editor creates opportunities to clarify uncertainties and to provide essential information about an article or other work under consideration for publication or accepted for publication. This article describes the content of...
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I have submited my manuscript to a journal via email (the unique option of submitting) 20 days ago. However, until now, I have not received a confirmation email from this journal. I have sent an email to the editor inquiring about the status of my paper. But this email is also unreplied. What should I do now? Is it ethical if I withdraw my paper from this journal? If I sent my paper to another journal, would it be simultaneous submission?
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Dear all, I would like to describe my situation about manuscript submission. I submitted my manuscript to a journal on 27th June and received a decision letter on 12th July with major revisions. When I read the decision letter I found out that only the editor's comments were included and no comments from reviewers. Because I wanted to be sure that I didn't miss anything and I had a couple of questions about the editor's comments, I wrote back to the journal. Two days later I've received an...

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