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I have a paper submitted to a journal that is currently under review.

My research supervisor now wants to then submit a similar paper to an upcoming conference, by taking an older version of this same paper, and removing some content to fit the conference page limits.

I would understand the conference paper to make sense for a work-in-progress, to have been submitted at an earlier time before a submission to a journal for review, but the work has already been completed.

Would there a possible ethical problem with submitting a purposefully stripped-down version of a work to a conference, after a journal submission had already made?

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    You would probably violate the journal's policy. Usually, you are required to declare that the work has not been submitted/published anywhere else. If it has, then you need to note the differences. – Prof. Santa Claus Jun 4 at 0:22
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    Following from @Prof.SantaClaus, you might also violate the conference's policy: The same rules apply. – user2768 Jun 4 at 6:44
  • Thanks for the input @Prof.SantaClaus and user2768. Due to policy conflicts, no paper was submitted to the conference. – plu Jun 4 at 8:59
  • @Prof.SantaClaus I suggest you make that a formal answer since it seems like it would be accepted. It seems odd to have no answer but the resolution strictly in comments. – Buffy Jun 4 at 10:58
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From two responses in the comments, submitting to a conference after a submission to a journal would likely have policy violations from both the journal and the conference.

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You would probably violate the journal's policy. Usually, you are required to declare that the work has not been submitted/published anywhere else. If it has, then you need to note the differences.

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you might also violate the conference's policy: The same rules apply.

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