I have a mechanical question about the mathjobs interface (I believe this is not off -topic since there is a correct answer and this answer would remove uncertainty for other mathematicians in future job cycles). If I list a reference letter in my application to a position, but the reference letter is submitted after the formal deadline (or at least after I submit the application), will that reference letter be automatically added to my dossier at the university in question or do I have to re-submit all of my materials?

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    $\begingroup$ You are misled in thinking that this question is on-topic here. I suggest you try Academia at SE, where such questions may receive a better welcome. . $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2016 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ In the past there have been questions such as mathoverflow.net/questions/952/… (with 72 upvotes... presumably more members of the community benefited from that than a question about derived artin stacks). $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2016 at 15:37
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    $\begingroup$ I believe the answer is Yes: when you submit your application, you list the letters that should be included. But I have not been on the other side of hiring. You are not the only one who is made nervous by issues like this. @LoïcTeyssier: Seven years ago, such questions were certainly on-topic, but I agree that the scope of MO has changed. I have started meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/3019 to provide a place to discuss whether mathjobs questions are on-topic at MO. $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2016 at 15:39
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    $\begingroup$ Before, it'd have been on-topic alright, but a dedicated site for academical questions now exists, and I believe that makes all the difference. So, please, don't derived-artin-stacks me as I was merely pointing out a place where the question could be on-topic: I never said anything on the intrinsic interest or helpfulness of the OP. Each post in the right forum, et les vaches seront bien gardées ;) $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2016 at 16:11
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    $\begingroup$ In my experience there is not a "dossier at the university" independent of what's on mathjobs. Whenever they must make a decision, typical search committee members will just log into mathjobs and look at what's there at the time. What you might do if a letter arrives late, is send the search committee chair a brief email to make sure it's noticed. $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2016 at 16:20


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