Rejection of Scientific Papers - Part II

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Rejection of Scientific Papers - Part II

  1. 1. Manuscript Rejection – Part II Peer Review Concerns and Avoiding Rejection October 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Peer-Review Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Rejection </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part II
  3. 3. Peer Review Concerns - I <ul><li>It is important to keep in mind that the peer reviewer (referee) is a distinguished and recognized scholar, and not an adversary ! </li></ul><ul><li>A referee will typically attempt to address the following concerns: </li></ul><ul><li>Whether the research or applications thereof are original , and ensuring that plagiarism is not involved </li></ul><ul><li>If the results or conclusions advance knowledge or understanding </li></ul><ul><li>The quality, content and style of the article are suitable given the scope and guidelines of the journal </li></ul>
  4. 4. Peer Review Concerns - II <ul><li>The paper has a solid theoretical and/or experimental foundation </li></ul><ul><li>No flaws are evident in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept ual basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experimental methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derived conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ample details about new techniques or results are provided, and these appear to be logically sound and reproducible </li></ul>
  5. 5. Peer Review Concerns - III <ul><li>The description of the research is clear , concise and free of inconsistencies </li></ul><ul><li>The analysis and subsequent interpretation of the data are persuasive, in terms of proving the proposed hypotheses , beyond doubt </li></ul><ul><li>All claims are substantiated with ample evidence , and the reader is not misled, either by design or accident and fabrication or selective reporting of data is not apparent </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficient and appropriate references are provided indicating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ample knowledge on the part of the author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adequate literature survey </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Peer-Review Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding Rejection </li></ul>Manuscript Rejection – Part II
  7. 7. Avoiding Rejection - I <ul><li>The article should not be found to be deficient in one or more of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Originality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concepts or results should be novel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work should not be derived from or duplicate existing research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theoretical framework and assumptions should be well established and correlated with the data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proven techniques should be correctly employed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unsuitable methods should not be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New approaches should be adequately or convincingly justified </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Avoiding Rejection - II <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment/samples of sufficient quality should be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data should be accurately recorded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systematic and statistical errors should be appropriately treated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reproducibility of the experiments/calculations should not be suspect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relevance/Significance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research should be relevant for the specific sub-field or in terms of broad appeal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It should lead to a sufficient advancement of the field </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Avoiding Rejection - III <ul><li>There are some proactive measures that an author can take to avoid rejection </li></ul><ul><li>Plan all facets of research project in advance after due consultation with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Apply existing techniques correctly and minimize errors of measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Results should be recorded and interpreted in a completely objective manner </li></ul><ul><li>All aspects of the research should be effectively communicated </li></ul><ul><li>Professional editing help should be sought if language or presentation aspects require improvement </li></ul><ul><li>The appropriate journal should be chosen for publication </li></ul>
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