Top Ten problems that bothered researchers in 2014

Top 10 problems that bothered researchers in 2014

It’s that time of the year again, when we take a pause, look back, and reflect on how the year has been for us. The Editage Insights team has been busy across the year, answering researchers’ questions and providing his guidance to those in need. A diversity of questions have been pouring in via the year – questions related to different aspects of academic publishing, such as the conformity process, publication ethics, manuscript status, manuscript prep, peer review, and communication with journals. This is, therefore, the ideal time for us to look back at these questions and form a view of some of the prime concerns that bothered researchers in the year 2014.

Here are the top Ten questions addressed to the Editage Insights Q&A forum, with a gist of the answers. Read the original Q&A for the accomplish reaction. 

1. How should I revise my paper so that it clears plagiarism check at the journal end?

It can sometimes be very difficult for non-native speakers of English to paraphrase or summarize ideas that they borrow from other sources. This often leads to rejection as a result of plagiarism check. We suggest some ways to address this problem.

Two. Can a conference paper be submitted to a journal?

A conference paper is just a preliminary announcement of the explore, and it is possible to develop it into a full-fledged journal article by revising it to include details. This may require you to switch the title and make enhancements based on the feedback you received at the conference. 

Trio. Why I should select preferred reviewers and how I should do it?

Many journals ask for a list of preferred reviewers it is often difficult to find suitable reviewers who would be qualified to review the paper and who would not have any bias toward or against the author. Preferred reviewers should never be selected at random. Keep certain essential points in mind when selecting preferred reviewers.

Four. Disclosure of conflicts of interest: what do journals expect from authors?

Authors are often confused by a journal’s request for disclosure of conflicts of interest. This reaction explains when a potential conflict of interest can occur and what authors are expected to include in the statement of disclosure of conflicts of interest.

Five. Can I cite a paper that has been accepted but not yet published?

It is okay to cite a paper that has been accepted but not yet published.  Generally for such papers, the term “in press” should be used after the title in the reference list.  However, if your article relies intensely on an unpublished paper, it can be a good idea to include the paper in the supplementary material.

6. Will my manuscript be considered as a duplicate or simultaneous subordination?

When you determine to withdraw your paper from a journal, you should wait for a confirmation of withdrawal before you submit the manuscript to anther journal. Conformity to a 2nd journal without a confirmation of withdrawal from the very first is unethical, and your paper can be considered as a simultaneous or duplicate conformity.

7. What do the terms “lead author” and “co-author” mean?

In a research paper with numerous authors, the lead author is someone who takes overall responsibility while a co-author can be anyone who fulfils the specified criteria for authorship. We clarify the responsibilities of the lead author and co-author.

8. Why does the status date of a subordination switch periodically however the status remains unchanged?

We explain that periodic switches in the status date without any switch in the current status could possibly mean that the database is being checked by the editor from time to time. However, the current status is the same because the manuscript is going through the same stage in the publication process. Once this stage is ended, the current status will be updated.

9. The results of my published research are now being refuted. What should I do?

Errors do happen in science, and if you feel the error which has been pointed out could be true, it is best to write to the journal editor about it. If it is a minor error, it could be corrected through an erratum or corrigendum.

Ten. Can I use one part of my submitted paper and develop it into another paper?

Violating up a explore just for the sake of enlargening the number of publications is an unethical practice and is referred to as salami slicing or data fragmentation. However, if your investigate has a secondary finding that can be analyzed and developed into a fresh probe, it is possible to do so, provided the topic and concentrate are downright different from the very first probe.

We’re sure this article must have answered some of your questions too. If you have any other question that’s been bothering you or if you are faced with a confusing situation, you can post your question here. Our team of publication experts will soon get back to you.

The Editage Insights team wish all our readers a very Blessed Fresh Year and the best for 2015! See you next year!

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