# Questions tagged [journals]

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### Which mathematician sampled published proofs and found one third of them to have errors?

A recent question about whether/how we can trust mathematics in the face of human fallibility reminded me of a paper or article I read probably more than twenty years ago about a mathematician who was ...

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### Should I bring up minor writing errors that I noticed after submitting revised version? [on hold]

I have received a decision letter on my paper from editor "I am prepared to accept this manuscript for publication provided that the authors perform some editing to improve the grammar throughout the ...

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### What's a suitable Journal

This is not a very technical question. I do mathematical physics with geometry. I have been sending my papers to Journal of Mathematical Physics, Journal of Physics A, Journal of differential ...

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### Have the “Bayreuther Mathematische Schriften” ever been digitalized?

This is borderline off-topic (certainly not a research question), but the rather successful story of a similar question gives me hope.
The Bayreuther Mathematische Schriften were a periodical ...

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### Misspelling my name on my mathematical publications

Perpetuating a mistake by my thesis advisor, I misspelt my name on my mathematical publications so far -- any advice on what to do?
As it happens, my thesis advisor, with whom I co-authored my first ...

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### How much can one trust arXiv to do references in a paper?

I'm writing a small and simple paper to finish my graduation, I never wrote or published anything before. Is about some irrational/transcendental numbers. I was mentioning some numbers that it's not ...

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### A paper seems to have completely disappeared from editor's hands

I have submitted a paper to a journal on June 2017. The corresponding author is my coauthor. The first response of the editor was after a year, June 2018:
Your paper has been sent, consecutively, ...

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### Journal losing indexing services

I recently had a paper accepted by a journal. When I looked it up on the AMS’ Mathematical Reviews, I noticed that it was previously indexed by the service but, at present, is it not. The journal is ...

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### Publication rates for different areas of mathematics?

Are there any numbers on publication rates for different areas of mathematics? For example, I would expect that the average in graph theory is higher than the average in analysis.

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### What has happened with the Publications of the $n$Lab?

What has happened with the Publications of the $n$Lab? They seem to have published only a couple of articles back in 2011, 2012. A little search i made was not very enlightening.
Has the project ...

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### Littlewood’s three precepts of refereeing in mathematics: is it (1) new, (2) correct, (3) interesting?

I have a question regarding Littlewood’s three precepts of refereeing a mathematical paper, namely whether it is (1) new, (2) correct, and (3) interesting.
I have found these mentioned in the ...

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### Permanent archival of errata/corrigenda for published papers

(Note: This question might be off-topic for MO but the only other plausible alternative that comes to mind is Academia Stack Exchange, and there are some features of this question that are, to some ...

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### Improvements to one's own theorems

What are some notable (famous?) instances where the following has occurred.
A particular author proves:
Every P which satisfies Q has property Z.
A few years later (roughly speaking) the same ...

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### What to do if you notice a substantial improvement to a result in a paper whilst refereeing it?

What would you do/have you done in such a situation?
Hand out the improvement for free in your report
Wait until the result is published and then submit elsewhere
Inform the editor about the ...

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### Adding a dedication to a paper

A paper of mine (relatively junior mathematician) was just accepted in a good journal, and I was considering adding a dedication to the memory of a mathematician in my area that passed away, and whose ...

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### Should computer code be included within publications that present numerical results?

Many research papers include numerical results obtained through computation. Most of the time such computations are performed using software that is used by many mathematicians, i.e., Maple, ...

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### Would a journal such as Bulletin of the AMS accept an article from a student? [closed]

I am a masters student, and am currently writing an expository article on an area of applied maths for a class project. I plan to work on it for several more months. One of my major goals is to ...

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### Publishing a Simple Paper as an Undergraduate

First off I apologize if this question does not belong here, I would be happy to hear about any better locations to post this on.
I am a (first year) undergraduate mathematics student, and I recently ...

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### Question on academic affiliation when submitting paper

I just finished grad school, earning a Phd in mathematics. Currently I do not know if I want to continue my academic career or not, but in the meantime I have written an article containing some of the ...

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### How to approach a respected researcher? [closed]

I'm developing a theory that (I think) is pretty good and something new. I'm thinking of contacting a respected researcher (one of the best in the field), mainly because I'm not 100% that this has not ...

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### Should I inform the editor about a generalized result of a result in a paper under review?

Hoping that my question is appropriate for MO, I would like to ask the following question: I have sent one of the editors of a very good math journal a paper of mine which contains a main result, call ...

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### Obsessive editing/revising of math papers

I've been wanting to ask this question, because I have no insights into the way other mathematicians prepare papers (for eventual publication).
How much are editing, revising, updating, adding to, ...

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### Early examples of mathematicians publishing (from home) in a foreign language?

Today this is common, but how exactly did it start? I am looking for examples in various languages, and suggest:
Exclude Latin (as more “ancient” or “international” than “foreign”)
Exclude French ...

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### Should I publish a paper if its results overlap significantly with an earlier paper?

I have a preprint X that is sitting in the ArXiv for which I am not sure if it is still worth publishing. It turns out the paper I wrote has considerable overlap with another preprint Y after one of ...

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### What happened to “Research in the Mathematical Sciences”?

The journal "Research in the Mathematical Sciences" was founded in 2014 and originally published by SpringerOpen, a division of Springer supporting Open Access journals. In the first article of the ...

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### Good papers on stochastic differential equations with applications in finance

I recently completed reading the book "Stochastic Differential Equations" by Bernt Oksendal which is the first time ever I was exposed to the topic. Now I am interested in pursuing research ( Ph.D.) ...

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### Properties of a “research announcement”

Some mathematics journals publish "research announcements", a class of publication that before today I had not heard of. An example is Electronic Research Announcements in Mathematical Sciences.
I ...

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### Math journal publishing work related to combinatorics, probability, counting problems etc.?

I'm a high school student. My peer and I have done some work on the Ballot Theorem counting problem and Catalan Numbers. We have come up with a new proof to the Ballot Theorem and we demonstrate the ...

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### In a publication, should an `\ldots` always be followed by a period? [closed]

The Latex command \ldots is often used to denote "and so forth". For instance,
$$
\pi \approx 3.1415\ldots
$$
When a sentence ends with an ...

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### Would you like a subject class for semigroup theory on the arXiv?

After contacting the arxiv recently about possibly adding semigroup theory as a subject class, they suggested I canvas the research community to establish whether such a subject class would be used ...

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### On Mathematical Analysis of MathSciNet & MathOverflow

This question has two original motivations: mathematical and social.
The mathematical motivation is mainly based on what I have seen about Zipf's law here and there. The Zipf's law simply states ...

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### Papers in which the questions were more interesting than the results

I am looking for examples of recently (last 20 years, say) published math papers such that:
the results/examples were fairly trivial (by this I mean anyone with the definitions and standard ...

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### Is it possible to cite a page in n-Lab in a research paper?

One of the concepts I need in my paper is best summarized on the n-Lab page. I tried my best to find a similar description of the same concept in a more "classical" reference, such as a paper or a ...

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### Inquiring about the status of a submitted paper

More than 6 months ago I submitted a paper to a very prestigious journal in Mathematics. Honestly I did not expect it to make it past the managing editor, I thought to give it a try, and then submit ...

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### When to publish minor results?

One of the main things I enjoy about MO and MSE is the chance to solve somewhat difficult problems. On a couple of occasions, I've found proofs of results (posed as questions mostly on MSE) which ...

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### Where to publish new mathematical identities?

Similar questions have been asked before regarding journals that publish:
expository work,
recreational mathematics,
computational results,
new proofs of old theorems,
and even math textbooxs.
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### Why should one subscribe to print Journals [closed]

It seems obvious to me that having print journals in a library is beneficial. Yes, Arxiv, MathSciNet, Blogs and lecture notes by Mathematicians, Math Overflow, Wikipedia and Scholarpedia all of these ...

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### What percentage of published mathematics papers are correct?

As described in Larcombe and Ridd, estimates for the percentage of published papers found to be reliable or reproducible in sciences such as biomedical science, have been as low as 50%, 25% and even ...

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### $P(s)=1-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(2s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(4s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(8s)}-…}}}}$

This recently published paper$^{1}$ claims the following remarkable identity:
$$
P(s)=1-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(2s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(4s)}-\sqrt{\frac{2}{\zeta(8s)}-...}}}},
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### Can the Math 2.0 Forum's Closure be prevented? [closed]

Apologies if this is not regarded as suitable for MO, but I have noticed other "soft" questions and feel this deserves some attention by the community, and did not know where else this could be asked.
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### Dealing with unwanted co-authorship requests

This post is a sequel to: Collaboration or acknowledgment?
The following has come to my attention. A senior mathematician (let us call him or her Alice) suggested a problem to a young mathematician (...

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### How are constants/functions named after their discoverer?

In general, when a paper references an object discovered/defined in another paper by author X, it goes something along the lines of:
"Let $\tau$ be the constant defined by X in 1999 [1]$\ldots$",
or
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### Understand the publishing process time [closed]

Like a lot of beginner mathematicians (I guess), I'm worried about the publishing process time.
In order to better understand that, I have a series of small questions (answers expected in average).
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### Publishing mathematical coincidences

I've always wondered how some "mathematical coincidences" are published, or spread to a wider audience. For instance, the almost integer:
$$
e^\pi -\pi = 19.9990999\ldots
$$
was "noticed almost ...

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### A nice result for an sub-area I am not working in

I have recently come across a (recent) problem in a different sub-area, by a well-established mathematician, that he deems likely to be intractable, but to which I have found a particularly nice proof ...

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### Is there any published summary of Erdos's published problems in the American Mathematical Monthly journal?

As we know Erdos has proposed a considerable number of problems in the "American Mathematical Monthly" journal. Is there any published summary of Erdos's published problems in the American ...

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### Access to papers as an unaffiliated individual

I have graduated and my employer does not provide access to journals.
I don't mind paying, but I cannot afford subscribing directly.
Are there public mathematics associations that provide members ...

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### $\log(x)$ or $\ln(x)$ to denote the natural logarithm in research papers? [closed]

Since the natural logarithm, i.e. with base $e$, is very commonly used in research papers and that both $\ln(x)$ and $\log(x)$ are used to denote it, it is natural* to ask which of these notations to ...

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### Names of convex geometry journals

What are the names of the research journals that focus on convex geometry? I know of "Advances in Geometry" and "Discrete & Computational Geometry" but no others.
Context of question: I am a ...

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### Why do journals need styles? [closed]

Fairly high on my list of "I want those hours of my life back" is time spent wrangling my LaTeX to compile correctly with the style files provided by journal publishers, and subsequently dealing with ...