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Some suggestions: Let all faculty members in turn choose speakers to invite. This ensures that everybody gets involved, and that the interests of all faculty members are represented. Choose a room / building in which people feel well (this is underestimated sometimes!), and choose a time where people have time to attend and do not need to rush to their ...


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As the reader, you can also ask mathoverflow for help finding the paper. There have been some very interesting MO questions along this line. In particular, this record helps others to also track down the same paper (or discover it never existed in the first place). Feel free to add to this list since this is CW: Scott-Solovay unpublished paper on ...


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The documentation of arXiv has this to say (my emphasis): Inappropriate format. arXiv accepts only submissions in the form of an article that would be refereeable by a conventional publication venue. This excludes abstract-only submissions, submissions without references, book announcements or reviews, reports that do not contain original or substantive ...


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There could very occasionally be a case for making available plausible seeming methods for attempting to prove interesting results, which turn out not to work. I was involved in one such situtation in which at least three different people, spent a long time trying in vain to do essentially the same thing, and they would all have preferred to have been told ...


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"What to do if we can not get it through these means?"... Ask all the people you know. Someone might have a copy. Once you get a copy, and if you find the pre-paper useful, don't forget to advertise that you have a copy, so that others can benefit too.


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A great mathematics colloquium is one which satisfies many if not all of its goals, and may have additional benefits which make it great. A list of potential goals/benefits: accessibility: many if not all attendees can understand a talk entertainment: attendees enjoy or find the presentation enjoyable breadth: the collection of topics covers a wide range ...


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I did write such a unpublished-but-cited paper. My co-author did not answer to my questions about the journal where to publish it, and then left mathematics. This happened before internet time. It is still cited, usually with the caption Available from D. S. under request. Perhaps I should post the scan on ArXiv. I must confess that I began using ArXiv only ...


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I think this is a duty of the author to refer only on those results which are available. (Perhaps not published, but posted somewhere on the Internet). I think it is a duty of the editor and referee to make sure that the authors follow this rule. A result which uses a reference which is not available cannot be considered as proved. In the case when there is ...


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In a broader context, this is the problem of the role of "grey literature" in the progress of science. Wikipedia has quite an extensive overview of this issue, and there is even an academic journal devoted entirely to it. (The Grey Journal, ironically enough itself part of the grey literature.) I would think that the access part of this issue is the least ...



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