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A methods section is very common in areas such as medicine. However, in math or computer science papers I rarely find such a section if no experiments or observational studies were conducted. Nevertheless, it is a requirement for the computer science journal I submitted to. While nearly none of the papers published by the journal provides one, I still have to fulfill this requirement.

While some general guidelines can be found, for example in this question, it would be very helpful to have some good examples for such a section in existing math or computer science literature.

Edit: As clarification: I already submitted and got a revision request that did not mention a missing methods second. I then submitted a revision and after a few hours I got a second revision request asking for a methods section (and a few other formal requests). I know that I could discuss this with the editor if I really need one, but maybe it would actually improve the paper.

  • You're written "it is a requirement for the computer science journal I submitted to," surely you mean want to submit to, otherwise, it is to late to fulfil the requirement. (Sorry for being pedantic, I just want to understand your situation.) – user2768 Feb 14 '18 at 10:46
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Since "none of the papers published by the journal provides [a methods section]," despite the journal's requirement for such a section, you needn't fulfil this requirement.* (It is perhaps a generic requirement that most of the publisher's journals demand, but isn't required by the journal you're submitting to.)

*You can confirm with the editor, to be absolutely sure.

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