Questions tagged [publishability]

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Are results that are derived simply by using more computational power publishable?

Let's say Alice has written a paper that attacks a well-known problem in a clever new way. Her paper ends with "these methods work up to N = 10; for larger N, the calculations are prohibitively ...
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Can I publish a paper which 1) proposes an idea and 2) proves that the idea doesn't work?

I wonder if is it okay for a researcher to suggest a new technique in a field of research and prove that this new suggested technique is a bad suggestion and gives no or negative gain and publish his ...
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Is improving a simple algorithm without beating the state of the art still publishable?

In a particular field there are two algorithms being used: Algorithm Simple: you understand it in five minutes, you can implement it in fifteen. Algorithm State of the Art (SOA): requires very ...
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How to proceed when a mathematical result contradicts existing literature?

An author has proven an interesting mathematical result, but notices that this result contradicts existing literature. Does the author have to find an explicit error or counter-example to the ...
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Publishing a result that is aesthetically pleasing, but has no practical value

I am currently writing a paper that I wish to publish in a mathematics journal. During the course of my research, I have discovered a result that is aesthetically pleasing, i.e., contains a form of ...
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How to publish a paper that does not seem to be within the scope of any journal?

I have written a paper on applying a mathematical theory to a linguistic problem. I privately submitted it to several renowned professors (some of them very famous indeed) in the field of linguistics, ...
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Can I still try to publish my work if my algorithm's results are not as good as other algorithms'?

I've written a classification algorithm that does a pretty good job at classifying some datasets. However, I compared my algorithm to other classification methods, and their results exceed my results ...
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Is a faster implementation of an existing algorithm publishable?

So a paper exists, it was published 3 years ago and had a novel algorithm (more or less, it's in the area of finite-difference time-domain simulations). I've taken the algorithm and accelerated it ...
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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

DISCLAIMER: As some readers have found the following question and prior title (How to best kill a manuscript as peer reviewer) outrageously unethical, I want to clarify that, by asking this question, ...
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Is combinatorial novelty without insight useful? Who cares if we're the first to use tool T on problem P?

I'm a bioinformatician and former student of applied math. I want help to see if I should change my view). Many academics, including all of my PI's on my major projects, justify their work by saying "...
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How harmful is it to submit side-results that are not new?

During my research I often have side results. By a "side result" I mean e.g. a mathematical lemma, that I use to prove something in my game-theory paper, but that may be useful in other contexts. ...
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How can I efficiently check the originality of my work?

I have worked on many ideas where I found later that they were already published, which was frustrating. I usually look around before developing my idea, but sometimes the articles I read or the ...
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Should I drop my paper after finding a recent very similar paper?

I have been working on a research paper to apply a technique X to solve certain problem Y. The field is in computer science. Approximately some months ago I started to check it up if there was ...
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Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

The institute I am studying at has added the following requirement recently: A PhD scholar must publish two papers in his/her corresponding field in SCI journals. This means that a student ...
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Can I publish a paper with new proof but the same result?

I found a better proof for a theorem than a proof from a published paper. Is it possible for me to publish my proof with the same theorem citing that paper?
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What if someone else published an article on the same topic as my accepted unpublished article

I submitted my paper to a journal in July 2017 and I received an email of acceptance on May 2018 but it hasn't been published yet. Suddenly, while I am searching on my topic I found that someone else ...
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Is developing a cheaper method ever considered to be originality in academic research?

Say, in a particular field of science, method A or equipment B are the standard. Now I have invented method X or equipment Y which cost much less than A or B. What are the necessary conditions, if ...
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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?

Suppose a person got PhD degree by properly submitting his/her thesis on a particular topic. Assume that neither the student nor the doctoral review committee including supervisor knows that the ...
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Will mathematics journals accept a non-novel theorem, but with different approach

Suppose a researcher comes up with a mathematical theorem, which can be obtained trivially from discovered theorems, but with an approach, that was never used before to describe or prove the theorem. ...
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After successfully publishing papers during my Post-Doc, why am I now having trouble publishing as a tenure track academic?

I have had my PhD in mathematics for four and a half years now, completed two postdocs and found a tenure track job at a mostly teaching university. While I provide substantial background information ...
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How do I judge the novelty of my paper in the area of algorithms and system design?

I have been working on a research project and have submitted the paper to two different venues(not simultaneously), and both times I have gotten reviews which criticize the paper for a lack of novelty....
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Is there a place for publishing ideas (no tangible results)?

While working on my thesis in neutron imaging I got an idea for a new approach to data analysis, involving Machine Learning solutions that are not available at the moment (please note that I am a ...
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Is it reasonable to submit a paper to a journal that I have uploaded to the Arxiv 4 years ago?

I have a paper submitted to the Arxiv 4 years ago (with another co-author). At that time, the only reason that we put the article online was that someone asked us to do that in order to cite it. ...
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Are “DIY projects” valuable or publishable?

I’m 17 and will be joining a UG physics program soon. I’ve done a lot of DIY projects over the years, ranging from electric arc speakers to air-quality and climate-control systems. Most of my projects ...
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Is it plagiarism if I use a text I wrote myself but put on the internet before?

I just rememebered a case when I was still in school: we had to write an essay about a specific topic and one guy put big parts of his essay on Wikipedia before handing it in. When the teacher checked ...
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Easy proof of a big conjecture based on possibly faulty paper – what to do?

I’m a mathematician. I noted that, by combining some results from the literature (all published) and some little effort, one obtains a proof of a big conjecture (at least in the field; it even has a ...
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How often do good journals publish amusing little corollaries?

I've had a little corollary sitting around a while now. It is closely related to a major theorem in my area. Its statement is easy to understand (and rather interesting/amusing on the surface of it) ...
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How to make your small ideas into a research paper?

I am a computer science PhD student who works mostly in theory. I always have multiple ideas in my mind about the research problem I am working on and also on problems which are related to my research....
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What is an “un-reproducible result”?

In order to publish a research paper in a journal, one of the requirement may be the reproducibility of results. I'm wondering, in academia, how does an un-reproducible result even exist? Is there any ...
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Is it research to just combine other people’s work?

I am currently a second-year undergraduate double-majoring in math and computer science. I am currently doing a joint research paper with one of the faculty in my university. My advisor gave me ...
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Can blogging about research results first affect your ability to publish them later?

There are the obvious worries about getting scooped (discussed here http://www.quora.com/When-is-it-wise-to-blog-or-talk-about-your-academic-research-work-before-you-submit-it-for-publication). But I'...
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Where can/should I, as a high schooler, publish a paper regarding the derivation of a formula?

For a high school engineering project, a friend and I have found ourselves deriving an equation for how to most efficiently configure a system. We found an equation that, given a few parameters about ...
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Professor dismissed error I found in her work. I need more feedback, but the field is small

Background / My problem: I believe to have found a substantial error in my professor's original research. After getting answers to my previous question, I emailed her about it, but she was ...
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Strict prohibition on overlapping data. Why?

The journal Immunity says on this webpage "As a matter of publishing ethics, we cannot consider any paper that contains data that have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere." Why ...
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What can I do with my paper that is out of a work which contains no improvement of the methodology?

I've started a research, and after replicating methods of other researchers (running experiments on my data), I've realised that I cannot add anything new to the field. The work contains no ...
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Found better technique just before publishing old, but still good technique – can the old one still be published?

In our lab, we hypothesized that a technique T1 should be able to solve some problem with high performance. As per our hypothesis, we got an excellent result. We started writing a short paper to be ...
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Why is explainability not one of the criteria for publication? [closed]

A paper is eligible for publishing in reputable journals in general if it satisfies the criteria objectivity, reproducibility and (optionally) novelty. But why are they not considering Explainability ...
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How to know whether my submission to a mathematics journal is significant enough?

I have received the following referee comment: This paper is well-written and the results appear to be correct. But I don't think the research is significant enough to warrant publication in ....(...
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What should I do if I discover a paper I rejected because of methodological flaws has been published in another journal?

I recently discovered that a paper I reviewed a while back and rejected as a result of major methodological flaws had been resubmitted to another journal and published without addressing any of the ...
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How do I learn to recognise what is worth publishing

I am a PhD student starting my second year of PhD. I don't expect any major publications to come out of this within the first year or so, but I often find myself wondering if something smaller - a ...
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Editor indicated that if minor changes are made, paper could be published: what are the chances of publication?

I am trying to publish a paper. This was the result of a summer's work in my spare time while working 40 hour weeks in a non-math related job. I received an email response from the journal that ...
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Should I publish a linear programming method despite my advisor's advice? [closed]

TL;DR: I developed a way of solving systems of equations which is up to 25,000x faster than base methods. I want to publish but my advisor doesn't think it's worth it. I work as a data scientist with ...
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Can I write a paper on a method that is novel but yields similar results compared to existing methods?

I have developed a method that gives similar results (in few cases: better) compared to existing methods and I want to publish it. Can I do this and if yes, how do I motivate it? More specifically: I ...
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Is simplication of known results worth a publication?

I am an applied mathematician. A very simplified outline of my situation is as follows: The leader of my research group is a "big wheel" in his specific research area. His contributions are ...
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Can I post a pre-print of my paper on ArXiv knowing the paper will go through major changes? Alternatives?

I wrote a paper with a new approach and I implemented this approach in both R and SAS. I want to put the software online on Github and ideally on CRAN too. The paper has been reviewed by my ...
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Same data, new method, same outcome – can I publish it?

I applied a new method to a data set, which had already been analyzed in a research paper. My method is generally considered better, but it only slightly modifies the results and does not affect the ...
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Why isn't implementing scientific libraries in software considered equivalent to a publication?

In academia, researchers live by the mantra of "publish or perish". This is because the contribution to society that academia gives is the expansion of human knowledge. However, given the importance ...
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How to judge quality of manuscript to decide whether to submit to high-ranked journal?

I am not talking about whether I can submit a paper on subject A to a journal on subject B. My question is: How do I know how good my paper is? I could of course just send it to the best journal ...
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What do I do with a write-up of possibly folklore knowledge?

Some months ago I was trying to wrap my head around some classical constructions in homological algebra. I spent quite a lot of time with this, and decided it was worth it to write it down. I did, it'...
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Updating a review paper after several years by publishing a new review paper

Six years ago, I published a review (survey) paper about a topic in my field. Since then the literature (and the topic) has evolved substantially, so I think it’d be worthwhile to update the review ...