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Strategic Publishing in STEM

To guide STEM researchers through the process of choosing a journal in which to publish.

Peer Review issues to consider

Models of peer review:

  • Triple-blind review: editor + 2 or more who don't know identity of author.
  • Double-blind review: editor knows identity of author, reviewers don't know.
  • Single-blind review: editor and reviewers know identity of author.
  • Open review: the author and the reviewers identities are known to each other.
  • Post-publication peer review: research articles are published within a few days of acceptance and reviewed openly. Examples: F10000Research and  ScienceOpen

Rejection rate: The rejection rate as a percentage of papers submitted can imply the following:

  • High rejection rate: authors may be wasting time submitting to this journal
  • Low rejection rate: the journal may have low or unclear standards of acceptance.

Correction and retractions:

  • Frequent corrections or errata may indicate that a journal has inefficient and ineffective review processes.
  • Paper retractions may also indicate a journal's editorial and review processes are inefficient and ineffective.‚Äč