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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.
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The journal I have submitted to requires authors to appoint a peer reviewer mandatorily, but I’m not sure how to do it. My supervior is already loaded with peer review work, and he often says “Asking an acquaintance to review a manuscript is not a good practice.” I assume he says this because he does not want to be burdened with additional review work. Academia is a small world. I am not sure about the correct procedure to select reviewers while maintaining a good relationship with an...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 25, 2017
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When facing challenges to meet revision deadlines requested for a journal, it was acceptable to extend the deadlines in case of American Chemical Society up to several weeks. However, I have submitted my paper to a journal under Elsevier, and they have not responded to my request for deadline extension. Of course, I understand that it might not be the same for all Elsevier journals, but the dealine is coming close, and I might not be able to complete my revisions till then. Can you give any...
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I have submitted our manuscript to an elsevier journal via the online submission system on 07/12/2017. About forty days later, the status changed to ‘Editor Invited'. However, the status has remained unchanged ever since. I asked the editor to update me about its status 10 days ago but he has not replied to my email yet. Is it possible it is under review? What is your suggestion: should I wait for the editor's response or send a withdrawal request? If you feel I should withdraw the manuscript,...
  • Dr. Z
  • Sep 23, 2017
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I submitted my paper to the journal Expert Systems With Applications. After a month, I received comments from three reviewers requesting minor revisions. I edited my manuscript as they suggested and submitted the revised version. After 3 weeks my paper status was changed to "Required reviews completed" but after a day it was changed to "Under review" again. Could you guide me what it means and is it possible the reviewers reject it despite their first opinions?
  • Dr. Z
  • Sep 20, 2017
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Top 10 questions authors have on peer review
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Peer review can be a long-drawn process that involves long waiting periods, understanding the various stages of the review process, dealing with reviewer comments, responding to those comments, and making revisions to the paper based on the comments. Over the years, we have dealt with numerable questions from authors about peer review. Here we present to you the 10 most frequently asked questions. 
What are the common types of scientific peer review?
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Peer review as we know it today has evolved through the years to accommodate different journals' management styles as well as the increasing volume of journal submissions. This infographic lists and simply explains the most common types of peer review. 
Peer review scams: Should authors be allowed to suggest peer reviewers? (2)
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Peer review rigging—a growing concern for the scientific publishing system—has led journals to retract several hundereds of papers. Apart from discussions on whether authors should be allowed to suggest potential peer reviewers, experts have highlighted the need for a set of guidelines to resolve the issue of peer review rigging. How can journal editors identify whether an author is trying to manipulate their peer review system? Do journals follow commonly accepted best practices? Read this...
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I have submitted to an Elsevier Journal. The status initially changed from "Submitted to journal" to "With editor" within a day and from "With editor" to "Under review" on the same day. The status has now changed from "Under review" to "Under editor evaluation" with only three days in under review. What does it mean?
  • Dr. S
  • Sep 14, 2017
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I have submitted a manuscript to PLOS ONE this March. I got a decision of major revisions at the end of May, and I have resubmitted the manuscript at the beginning of July. Although almost 2 month has passed after that, I have not been contacted and the status remains unchanged with “Manuscript Submitted to Journal”. When I hear about the case of another author who has submitted to the same journal, the process of my manuscript seems delayed, even taking into account there was a summer holiday...
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 13, 2017
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I submitted a manuscript to the International Journal of Managerial Finance and after assigning it to an editor, the decision is that it cannot be published because it is not appropriate. I don't really know what is wrong with the manuscript.

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