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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

I do not think "provocative" in this context is 'provocative' ;). I read the rejection letter to mean: You are attacking the current consensus, and this causes me (the editor and the ...
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Potential Internet blackout in Russia: could academics in Russia submit a manuscript to an international journal by postmail?

The NY Times paper is behind paywall so I could not read it. However, I maintain contact with friends and relatives in Russia and as of 26 Apr 2022 there are no issues with email, general web browsing ...
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How can I withdraw a published paper?

If it's already published, you can't. Typically when you publish a paper, you sign some rights over to the publisher: you give them permission to put your work into their compilation. This comes ...
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Help! I think I'm dealing with a predatory journal

Drop contact, don't pay, don't make revisions NOTE: I'm not a lawyer Simply stop talking to them. Be sure you've got a copy of you asking them to withdraw the paper. Hopefully if you don't pay they ...
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How can I withdraw a published paper?

Bryan Krause already gives the right answer, namely "what you want to do is not possible". To explain why, you should not consider a journal as a collection of websites that can come and go, ...
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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

No, the editor is not implying that the article angered them. In academia, provocative is usually used with a positive connotation (as in: thought-provoking, something that any academic article ...
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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

As @tschwartz points out, the term "provocative" in this context is not meant to be taken negatively. The editor finds the arguments in the paper to be thought-provoking, intriguing, ...
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Help! I think I'm dealing with a predatory journal

Read the fine prints of the "agreement" you had with them when you first submitted your paper with them. [This is just my opinion, I am not a lawyer nor I am representing one] I am quite ...
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Unexpected email from Computational and Applied Mathematics registering me as an editor and then sending me a paper to review - thoughts?

I want to echo what avid said but also emphasize that, in my experience in a different academic area, this is very normal. I would estimate I get an email like this one preceding a review request in 1/...
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Help! I think I'm dealing with a predatory journal

It is not necessarily unusual for an open access journal to have a publication fee. They don't get paid by subscribers, after all. For a reputable example, see https://plos.org/publish/fees/ It lists ...
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Disagreement with advisor regarding journal choice

Are you and your adviser the only two authors for this manuscript? If not, ask for the opinion of the other co-authors. Otherwise, it might be worth asking for the opinion of someone else in your ...
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Is the journal's country important when choosing a journal for your article?

I start wondering if the country is important when choosing a journal to submit my paper? If my university and I are in country A, can I still submit an article to journal from country B? Or only &...
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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

Taking the totality of their comments, the editor would like to communicate that the paper isn't interesting/impactful enough for this journal. Many thanks for your interesting and provocative paper ...
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Submitting to Call for Submissions After Deadline

If it's a week after the deadline you can probably still make it. Three months - probably not. They'd be pretty deep into the review process already, and your paper would hold up the special issue. ...
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How long does it usually take for journals to resolve 'expressions of concern'?

I am not aware of any comprehensive study that can authoritatively answer the general question How long does this kind of issue usually take to resolve? across all fields. (There likely is field ...
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Can I use text from my conference poster in my manuscript?

This is totally fine. Similarly there’s no harm in using the same text verbatim in a paper and a talk you give about that paper. As long as it’s all clearly part of the development of the same paper ...
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Can I use text from my conference poster in my manuscript?

I agree - this will be absolutely fine, unless the presentations given at the conference are to be published as a collective and you are required to publish in order to attend. This is more common in ...
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Is the journal's country important when choosing a journal for your article?

Yes, you can submit a paper to a journal published in a different country. Some journals require articles be in a specific language, but other than that there are no restrictions. "International&...
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Help! I think I'm dealing with a predatory journal

I think they can not charge you when you have not signed a contract for publishing. Sometimes when you publish in non-predator journals they charge you for color figures in the printed version. Also ...
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How are academic writing conventions decided?

Convention means "the way it is usually done". As such it is pointless to try to initiate a new convention, it can only become a convention when it reaches sufficient support. So, what you ...
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Submitting two articles to the same journal at the same time similar ideas but different surgeries?

I doubt that being the author on both papers will, in itself, have any effect. If you remove yourself from either, in other words, I'd expect the decision of the publisher to be unchanged. But the ...
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How are academic writing conventions decided?

Suppose one would like to propose a new way of performing a specific task in academic writing, for example, a different/new way of citing. I realise this example is vague, but the example is not the ...
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How are academic writing conventions decided?

I won't make any assessment of the merits of your idea, but yes, if you want to propose a new convention (e.g., a new way to cite items) then you could publish this as an academic paper. I'm not ...
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What is the meaning when the editor says a paper is "provocative"?

There are enough good answers here already explaining that the word "provocative" is not negative in this context and, if anything, is positive. To those answers I would just like to add ...
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Unexpected email from Computational and Applied Mathematics registering me as an editor and then sending me a paper to review - thoughts?

Nobody seems to point to the automation logic behind this procedure. Suppose that you were not registered as a potential reviewer in the system. The editor sends you an invitation to review. Say you ...
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Timely review process by reviewers

My feeling is always that the review process needs to be enhanced. You should, for example, set an "accept the review request" deadline, e.g. three days. If no response is given, it should ...
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