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Refereeing a paper containing strong statements about other papers

The title says it all. Suppose you are refereeing a paper where the author A makes strong statements about other papers by a different author B, like: the proof of Theorem 1 in paper [B] is wrong and ...
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Guidelines for writing proofs in math papers [closed]

In the light of the recent "proof wars" in symplectic geometry (in which some groups contend that proofs given by some other groups are wrong, see here, here and here) I thought it would be good to ...
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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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3answers
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How to publish two interdependent papers

I have two finished articles (each about 25 pages long) but the second one uses results from the first one, none of which has been published yet. I would like to send them to some standard journal for ...
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1answer
198 views

Submitting lecture purposal to conferences. (lecture about a thesis) [closed]

I wish to consult with you about something: I have recently given a lecture about my master's Thesis in a local conference organized by my advisor. The subject had a lot to do with algebraic geometry ...
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about an ISI journal [closed]

I have a question that I don't know where I can ask it and so I prefer to ask it here. I submitted one of my paper in an ISI journal in september 2011 for possible accepting and publishing there. ...
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3answers
762 views

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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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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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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1answer
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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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2answers
2k views

Should I become a Mathscinet reviewer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to start reviewing I was recently asked to become a MathSciNet reviewer, which, as far as I understand, is something that they ask almost any mathematician at a ...
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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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2answers
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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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969 views

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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2answers
252 views

Enumeration Result [closed]

Hi I have a very soft question: What exactly is the definition of an enumeration result? Let say I want to enumerate some combinatorial structure and I came up with an equation for a generating ...
1
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1answer
420 views

Reusing Parts of a Proof [closed]

Hi I have a proof for a Lemma which splits into an odd and even case. The proof for the even case was already published by someone else in a different context and the proof for for the odd case is ...
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0answers
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Blinding a paper : the acknowledgements section

I am about to submit a paper (my first!) to a journal in statistics. There is a requirement to submit a "blinded" version. Should I remove the acknowledgements section too for this? If I do, what are ...
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7answers
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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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2k views

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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4answers
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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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Mathematical etiquette: Rephrasing / restructuring a work, limited release (with attribution) acceptable?

Hello, I am reading a mathematics textbook (which one is irrelevant, and I do not wish to insult the author if (s)he happens to be reading this). One section relies quite a bit on an appendix and ...
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5answers
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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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4answers
892 views

Equivalents to Comptes Rendus

The Comptes Rendus is (are) a French Academy of Sciences publication, essentially a 'rapid communication' format. It comes in many flavours, and maths is one of them. Proofs are non-existent (at least ...
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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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6answers
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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Cite articles or book where I first found the result?

I'm writing up a paper and I'm not sure how to cite a few things. It concerns a conjecture made by Quillen. Some work has been done showing it's true in some cases, false in others. These results I ...
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5answers
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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 ...
3
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0answers
648 views

Preprints and E-prints [closed]

What are the best practices on publishing preprints and e-prints of your results? The standard at my current workgroup is the following: make a preprint at our preprint server as soon as it's done, ...
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5answers
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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 ...
7
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4answers
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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. ...
10
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2answers
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How should I publish my “story”? i.e. strategies and advice on chopping up a thesis

Background 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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4answers
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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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3answers
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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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1answer
485 views

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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3answers
785 views

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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8answers
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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 ...
14
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5answers
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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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2answers
1k views

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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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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1answer
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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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14answers
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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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12answers
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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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8answers
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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 ...