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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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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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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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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 ...
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Where to publish a math textbook in Creative Commons

The question I am asking concerns publishing and not mathematics in a strict sense, the argument might be off-topic for this site... but I will try anyway. Suppose that you are writing a textbook in ...
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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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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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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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What happened to online articles published in K-theory (Springer journal)?

As most people probably know, the journal "K-theory" used to be published by Springer, but was discontinued after the editorial board resigned around 2007. The editors (or many of them) started the ...
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Publishing journals articles without transferring copyright.

I'm a grad student getting close to submitting my first journal article (which will be single-authored). My understanding is that it's standard practice for authors to transfer the copyright of their ...
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Submitting a companion paper with detailed proofs ?

In papers there are often sketchy arguments in proofs that I find hard to understand. Filling in the gaps is laborious and time-consuming. According to the post ...
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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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A question about rejected journal submissions, similar results, and discrepancies between the order of submission and the order of publication [closed]

Today I just received the decision of my paper from a journal. The paper was submitted last December and my paper is kind of long (about 40 pages), so I think it's reasonable to take such a long time ...
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A series of articles should be published all in the same journal, or in different journals?

There is a series of papers, which build on each other, to be published. The series starts with purely mathematical articles, and ends with articles oriented to some applications. What would be the ...
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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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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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Who uses keywords (and how)?

Almost all journals ask for keywords and most authors comply. Does any math researcher out there actually use them to search? Are there mechanisms to do that? I just wrote to someone that I assumed ...
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Comparables to Journal of Algebra, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra

It was recently suggested to me to seek comparable, alternative, journals to the above two (I am not interested in discussing why one would want to do so here). I am wondering if anyone has ...
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Which journals allow authors to retain copyright…?

I became motivated to ask this question after seeing the inspiring "© The Author(s) 2013 " in the header of this very interesting article, published in Compositio Mathematica. Apart from open access ...
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Is two years without a referee report normal?

Firstly, the help page for Mathoverflow does not forbid asking such a question. Secondly I found a similar question on Mathoverflow and thirdly as far as I know, waiting for two years for a referee ...
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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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Journals and other sources with “easy reading” papers ?

Some time ago the journal "Algebra and Analysis" (English translation is published in "St. Petersburg Mathematical Journal") had a special section which was called "easy readings for professional ...
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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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Mathematical research papers in general science journals

I am interested in collecting a list of research papers with a mainly mathematical focus that appeared in high-reputation general science journals without a dedicated mathematics section. This would ...
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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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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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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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Submitting papers “out of logical order” due to different review times or rejections

I am asking this question anonymously and apologize for the paranoia. Suppose you submit a paper on a topic and, while the paper is under review, continue to work on the topic and make enough ...
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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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Is it common practice to publish parts of a PhD thesis in advance? [closed]

I'm interested in publishing parts of my PhD thesis in advance and I'm wondering wether or not this will result in problems later on. One of the problems I'm thinking of is that usually the copyright ...
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Which tools can identify scholarly papers that use the same types of equations?

Many types of equations are being used in multiple contexts, so a search for specific formulas might be one way to identify scholarly papers that are conceptually related. Is any website or tool ...
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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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13 months and not even one report. what would you do?

I submitted a 24 pages paper to a good journal - say usually in the top 10-20 - of pure maths, and after 14 months from the submission I haven't received any report. The last news I had from the ...
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Problems with Journal Submissions due to arXiv Submission? [closed]

Hello, I wanted to ask people if they know of any journals that will not accept papers for submission if they have been already posted on arxiv. I am personally interested in Logic Journals, but ...
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Is it OK for a referee to acknowledge identity with a previous referee?

As with this older related question, question anonymous for obvious reasons. If I have been asked to review the same paper twice, is it OK to acknowledge in my review that I am the same person as one ...
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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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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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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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same paper was published in the same journal twice

I just realized that the paper "Hitchin's connection and differential operators with values in the determinant bundle" by Xiaotao Suna and I-Hsun Tsai and was published twice in the Journal of ...
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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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Etiquette question: how to acknowledge Bugs Bunny? [closed]

Suppose that a mathematician such as Bugs Bunny answers one of my math questions here on MathOverflow, and then I use the idea in a research paper. How should I acknowledge such a distinguished ...
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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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Is “Notices of the American Mathematical Society” available before 1995?

I tried to find some paper published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society 1975 By E. Calabi, On manifolds with non-negative Ricci curvature II Notices of the American Mathematical ...
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submit the second part of a paper

I couldn't find similar question being asked here. The closest one I can find is When to split/merge papers?. Here is my situation: I proved a theorem. When I try to type it, I found that it's very ...
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Where to publish math that's original but easy but requires theorems not every undergrad knows?

I'm struggling to find a home for a certain paper of mine. The problem is that the mathematical content of it is extremely easy: a couple definitions and a theorem with a five-line proof, invoking ...
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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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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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Resubmitting a paper

(Hopefully this question is not too "soft": I asked it at math.stackexchange.com recently and was advised to ask it here instead). I submitted a paper to quite a low-rated journal (impact factor ...
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L'Intermédiaire des mathématiciens

Does anybody know if the journal L'Intermédiaire des mathématiciens is on the web anywhere? Failing that, does anybody know of a library that has all or even some of the issues? Thanks for any help. ...
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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 ...