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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Mathematical research published in the form of poems

The article
Friedrich Wille: Galerkins Lösungsnäherungen bei monotonen Abbildungen,
Math. Z. 127 (1972), no. 1, 10-16
is written in the form of a lengthy poem, in a style similar to that
of 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 ...

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### A question about MathSciNet etiquette

Hello,
Recently, a colleague of mine pointed me to a MathSciNet review of one of my papers that is completely off the mark - it is not negative or anything like that, but it grossly misrepresents the ...

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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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### 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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### How to resolve a disagreement about a mathematical proof?

I am having a problem which should not exist. I am reading what I believe to be an important paper by a person - let me call him/her $A$ - whom I believe to be a serious and talented mathematician. A ...

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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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### 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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### Should one post a paper on the arXiv if it is not intended to be published?

A brief description: I have written a paper which contains a new result which I believe is somewhat important but not vital to the field. It is a generalization of an existing proof to get ...

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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 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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### 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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### 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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### Computer calculations in a paper

I think I can improve the current upper bound concerning an open problem. The ideas are purely combinatorial, but in the end I have to calculate the maximum of a really ugly, non elementary function ...

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### Big list of repositories of mathematical preprints and postprints

I'm looking for a extensive list of online repositories of mathematical preprints and postprints. I'm interested in every type of repository, including small informal and semi-formal collections, like ...

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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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### 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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### When should I publish my results?

I just finish my masters thesis, and I was told by one of the referees that I should publish some of the results in there. However I feel that I mainly repeat arguments by other people in a slightly ...

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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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### 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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### Downsides of using the arXiv? [closed]

Not to sound like a refusenik or a contrarian, but I have always been a bit of an agnostic when it comes to the arXiv. Somewhere deep in my old Pine folders there is a 15 y.o. discussion with Greg ...

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### When is it appropriate to entitle a paper “A note on…” or “On the …”? [closed]

I rarely find modern research papers (on mathematics) that are less than 5 pages long. However, recently I came across a couple of mathematical research papers from the 1960/1970's that were very ...

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### Amount of math research published in other languages?

I'm curious what languages contribute the largest fraction of published research mathematics. That is, for a given language the percent of new research being published in that language. I'm especially ...

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### When (if ever) disclose your identity as a reviewer?

The peer review system is in general single blinded: The reviewers will not be known by the authors of a paper by default. One reason for this is to guarantee that the reviewer can write his opinions ...

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### Citation of a paper with a proof you would like to improve [closed]

Imagine that you are in the following situation: You write up a proof which eventually gets published. There you need a result which is not so well-known but it is contained in another paper P; ...

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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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### Where to look for corrections of papers?

When I start reading a paper, is there some easy way to find a list of corrections for that paper?
For example, it happens occasionally that some result of a paper turns out to be wrong, or at least ...

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### What is due diligence when translating a paper?

EDIT: Part of the community has decided on a less catchy and more representative title
than "Socially acceptable plagiarism (with regards to translation)". Let's run with that for a while. GRP.10.27 ...

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### Linking to Code in a Paper

I'm planning on including in my thesis (and the papers that I'd like to publish out of it) links to Macaulay 2 packages and code which verify a few results and implement an new algorithm.
The ...

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### Maiden Names vs. Married Names

Is there a set convention for which name (maiden name or married name) a female married mathematician should use?
While this question addresses women's maiden name it applies equally to men's maiden ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Rankings of mathematical conferences and journals

Just to keep it simple: What rankings of mathematical conferences and journals are available in the internet?
(I'm only interested in rankings, not about any discussion about rankings.)

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### US editors and reviewers vs Iranian Authors? [closed]

Question: Do you know of any US Editor or Reviewer who accept and obey the following?
Subject: US editors and reviewers can no longer handle submissions by authors employed by the Government of ...

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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 to find Asterisque online? [closed]

Is there a place online where one can download papers that have appeared in the Asterisque if "your institution subscribes"? I am especially interested in back issues: Asterisque series published a ...

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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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### Appendices to papers authored by others

Every now and then, one sees in mathematical papers appendices, authored by person(s) different from the authors of the main body of the paper.
What is the rationale behind such appendices? In most ...

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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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### Springer GTM Reprints in China?

I apologise if this is not the sort of question appropriate for MO; it does however seem that mathematicians are the most likely to know the answer:
Many of the Chinese mathematicians and graduate ...

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### Two questions about combinatorics journals

Hello,
I have two questions regarding combinatorics journals. I hope that this is the right place for such questions.
Which combinatorics/DM journals would you consider as the "top tier"?
I tried ...

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### What are good venues for publishing original mathematical research in monograph form?

Of course, it's very easy to find journals which publish original mathematical work, and there are a number of book series that publish expository monographs. But if you have a work of original ...