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### How to cite math journals?

This is kind of embarrassing, but I never figured out how to cite journal names in the bibliography, especially when to abbreviate and how. For example, do we write "Adv. in Math." or "Advances in ...

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### When should a supervisor be a co-author?

What are people's views on this? To be specific: suppose a PhD student has produced a piece of original mathematical research. Suppose that student's supervisor suggested the problem, and gave a few ...

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### Proper way to deal with papers you've already refereed.

This question is anonymous for obvious reasons.
I referee what feels like a decent number of papers (though I don't know how many is normal!), and I try to take it seriously. Sometimes, based on ...

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### Fast turn-around times

This is a very soft question, but it is somewhat relevant to some other questions, like Which are the best mathematics journals, and what are the differences between them?.
I've read that Notices ...

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### arXiv number and mathscinet

I recently submitted a paper to a journal with references included, most of them taken from mathscinet (for math papers) and from spires (for physics papers). Now mathscinet does not contain eprint ...

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### On referee-author communications

Every time I referee a paper, I dream of a system which would allow me to ask the author a question without troubling the editors. It would save time for everyone involved, most importanly the ...

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### What are some examples of journals that will accept undergraduate student research?

I am currently doing a research project with a professor and 3 other students in an area that is usually seen as a "recreational" math topic; that of change-ringing and its relation to group theory. ...

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### Should a published paper with a published correction be replaced on arXiv?

I submitted a paper to a journal. It was accepted and published.
I had also posted a version of the paper on arXiv. The arXiv version of the paper and the journal's version are not identical, ...

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### How should I publish my “story”? i.e. strategies and advice on chopping up a thesis

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In my thesis I look at same problem from a couple of different angles. To state it roughly, in each chapter I use a different technique or area of mathematics to try and gain further ...

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### Non-mathematician submitting to top maths journal? [closed]

I am an amateur mathematician, and I had an idea which I worked out a bit and sent to an expert. He urged me to write it up for publication. So I did, and put it on arXiv. There were a couple of ...

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### Submission of a paper with a serious error to a good journal

I recently obtained (or so I thought) a good result, and after a month of reading and rereading what I'd written, submitted my paper to a very good journal. I'm early in my career (got my Ph.D. a few ...

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### Most memorable titles [closed]

Apparently, for a large number of readers, the choice whether they select to read a paper or not is often strongly influenced by the title.
I was wondering if the MO-users would be willing to share ...

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### The main ideas in choosing the strategy for numbering displayed math

There are different strategies for numbering displayed math. The most common are
1. Number only the formulas you reference to. It makes your paper more clean and gives more freedom to the editor (i.e. ...

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### Which rights do mathematicians usually have on their published works and how do they use them?

Yesterday my first work in mathematics was sent to a publisher, and of course I'm interested in its usefulness. But I know, that sometimes it is hard to get a paper, it is not available for free. I ...

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### When should a result be made into a paper?

I recently posted a short (6 page) note on arXiv, and have more or less decided that I should not submit it to a journal. I could have tacked it onto the end of a previous paper, but I thought it ...

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### Should I not cite an arxiv.org paper?

I want to cite a paper which is on arxiv.org but is not published or reviewed anywhere, and no publication or review seems to be in the pipeline. Would citing this arxiv.org paper be bad? Should I ...

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### Does a referee have to check carefully the proof ?

I have always checked very carefully the papers I was refereeing when I wanted to suggest "accept". Actually I spend almost as much time checking the maths of a paper I referee than checking the maths ...

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### Which journals publish 1-page papers

Having read a thread on a similar question on expository papers I'm reminded of reason #99 to drop my math PhD thingy, late c20th: I just couldn't blow up this paper to 4 pages. (OK, one half-page ...

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### Should I check with collaborators before presenting unpublished material?

I've been working on a paper with some collaborators. Barring a breakthrough on some unresolved questions, the math content is finalized. I would like to give a talk on the results, but I am unclear ...

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### Where to publish a paper on the Mafia game?

I wrote a research paper "A mathematical model of the Mafia game" (arXiv:1009.1031 [math.PR]). However, I do not know where to publish it. As an undergraduate studying majorly physics, I have little ...

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### Appropriate journal to publish a determinantal inequality

I have recently made the following observation:
Let $v_i := (v_{i1}, v_{i2})$, $1 \leq i \leq k$, be non-zero positive elements of $\mathbb{Q}^2$ such that no two of them are proportional. Let ...

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### Journals for undergraduates

Are there math journals that are aimed for undergraduates? I don't mean here journals where students can publish their papers, but journals that publish introductory articles that an undergraduate can ...

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### Refereeing a Paper [closed]

I've refereed at least a dozen papers in my (short) career so far and I still find the process completely baffling. I'm wondering what is actually expected and what people tend to do...
Some things ...

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### How do I fix someone's published error?

Paper A is in the literature, and has been for more than a decade.
An error is discovered in paper A and is substantial in that many
details are affected, although certain fundamental properties
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### If Erdős is published as Erdös in a paper, which do I cite?

There seems to be a few papers around with Erdős written as Erdös. For example:
MR0987571 (90h:11090) Alladi, K.; Erdös, P.; Vaaler, J. D. Multiplicative functions and small divisors. II. J. Number ...

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### Does anyone want a pretty Maass form?

A few months ago, I was curious about some properties of Maass cusp forms, of nonabelian arithmetic origin. As a result, I went through a somewhat predictable process of finding a totally real $A_4$ ...

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### How to correct an error in a submitted paper?

Suppose that after submitting a paper for publication, but before hearing anything back from the referee, I discover an error in the paper that needs to be corrected, or an omission that needs to be ...

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### When your paper makes a borderline case for a top journal

Say you write a paper that you feel makes a borderline case for publication in a prestigious journal (Annals, Acta, Inventiones, JAMS, etc). What are the advantages and disadvantages of submitting ...

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### Which journals publish PhD abstracts?

With the flavour of this question: Which journals publish expository work?, I would like to ask the following question
Which journals publish Ph.D. thesis abstracts?
Please post one resource ...

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### Criteria for accepting an invitation to become an editor of a scientific journal

Yesterday I receivied the following letter:
Dear Tomaz Pisanski,
I am writing to introduce the XXXX to you. XXXX is a new journal launched by the YYYY from USA. With an open access ...

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### Is discrete mathematics mainstream?

Recently, the Department of Mathematics at
our University issued a recommendation encouraging its members
to publish their research in non-specialized, mainstream mathematical journals. For
numerical ...

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### Where can I find online copies of class field theory publications by Kronecker, Weber, Chevalley, Hasse, Hilbert, Takagi, etc?

I am writing an undergraduate thesis on local and global class field theory from a classical (i.e., non-cohomological) approach and am hoping to obtain copies of the early groundbreaking publications ...

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### Editors in peer-review systems

This is a strictly technical question on peer-review systems currently employed in the mathematical literature, not a subjective discussion of merits/drawbacks of such systems, so I think/hope it's ...

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### Oneupsmanship and Publishing Etiquette

Apologies for the anonymous (and, in hindsight, mildly longish) question.
I have an etiquette question on publishing an improvement of another author's work, but I figured a thread on the matter to ...

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### Which journals publish expository work?

I wonder if anyone else has noticed that the market for expository papers in mathematics is very narrow (more so than it used to be, perhaps).
Are there any journals which publish expository work, ...

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### Combinatorics journals processing time

This is a spin-off question from How to select a journal?. Is there is any data available regarding processing time (acceptance time, time from submission to publication, or similar) specifically for ...

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### Submitting to arXiv when unaffiliated

I am writing a short paper in the area of combinatorics.
When the paper is complete, I would like to be able to submit it to arXiv.
The reasons that I would like to submit to arXiv are:
To obtain ...

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### Using TikZ in papers

I've started using TikZ for a paper I'm writing and am worrying that a journal might not accept the paper with inline TikZ. I had to update my PGF installation for all the examples to work and I'm not ...

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### A website linking to most major math journals? [closed]

What's your usual action online in order to browse math journals? Like check Arxiv or MathSciNet. Any other good link directs you to most updated articles in major math journals. Or the traditional ...

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### How to select a journal?

What are good criteria for selecting a journal to submit a paper to?
One criterion per answer, please.
It is easy to group journals by subject and prestige, but is there a thought-process that you ...

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### What proportion of math papers are collaborative?

In this 2005 Notices article, Jerold Grossman tracks the proportion of papers in Math Reviews with 1, 2, 3, and >3 authors over time. His data set ends in 1999. I seem to recall reading that in ...

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### Which magazines should I read? [closed]

Suppose you are a mathematics student who has just graduated and you haven't yet come to graduate school, or maybe you are in your first year of graduate school. Which magazines should you read? I ...

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### What is new in MSC 2010?

Has anyone seen the new MSC 2010? I was browsing around and to my suprise there is another revision of MSC. Has anyone noticed any major changes in there? Do major journals already accept papers with ...

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### Top specialized journals

In geometry/topology, there are (at least) three specialized journals that end up publishing a large fraction of the best papers in the subject -- Geometry and Topology, JDG, and GAFA.
What journals ...

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### What are the most important Open Access Mathematics journals at present? [closed]

I'm asking this question from the perspective of someone who just wants to read journals rather than contribute to them. For the purpose of this question I'm using the definition of Open Access in the ...

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### Which are the best mathematics journals, and what are the differences between them?

Suppose you have a draft paper that you think is pretty good, and people tell you that you should submit it to a top journal. How do you work out where to send it to?
Coming up with a shortlist isn't ...