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Do editors ever "overbook" referees?

Inviting more reviewers than is necessary is very common. In fact I'd be surprised if most editors didn't do this. The reason that you can't expect invited reviewers to always agree to review your ...
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My institution requires publication in Clarivate-indexed journals - what should I do if paper is accepted by a journal at risk of being de-indexed?

If I read this right, then you published in Journal of X for which later on Clarivate and their indexing products decided that they don't trust Journal of X any more. There is nothing you can do about ...
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journal paper or conference paper

Papers published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series are usually quite easy to identify as conference papers from the PDFs. On the website, the volume of the "journal" sometimes ...
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journal paper or conference paper

Once a paper appears it is unlikely that another reputable publisher will consider republishing it. There are several reasons, including (lack of) novelty and copyright restrictions. If it isn't clear ...
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Are there examples of journals with an explicit policy on GPT-3 and equivalent language models?

Are there examples of journals with an explicit policy on GPT-3 and equivalent language models? Yes, e.g. ACL 2023: https://2023.aclweb.org/blog/ACL-2023-policy/. ACL also mentions their stance on ...
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Shorthand descriptions in article text

As soon as you think about how figures in journal papers get used, I think you will see that you should be judicious about using abbreviations in them. Although a reader of your article will have the ...
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Can a mathematics journal reject a paper because of using an unpublished paper?

There are tons of published papers that cite arXiv papers, so the answer is "no". Here is one paper I'm aware of that has been on the arXiv for years but has never been submitted to a ...
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Can a mathematics journal reject a paper because of using an unpublished paper?

I have to (weakly) disagree with Buffy. If you're a reviewer, you may assume that a published peer-reviewed result is correct. If you rely on a result that has not gone through peer-review, then you ...
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Can a mathematics journal reject a paper because of using an unpublished paper?

Assuming you give proper citation then it is unlikely that a journal would reject your paper without review. The reviewers might question the validity of the other paper, of course, which would bring ...
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Do peer-reviewers ignore details in complicated mathematical computations and theorems?

Here is my perspective as a frequent reviewer in several areas of pure mathematics. I cannot speak for other people so I’ll answer the title question as if it’s asking about my specific practices: Do ...
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Do peer-reviewers ignore details in complicated mathematical computations and theorems?

Preliminary remark What is considered a "complicated computation" can depend quite heavily on the field, and also on the individual mathematician. But even in fields or papers that don't ...
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Do peer-reviewers ignore details in complicated mathematical computations and theorems?

Indeed, in the last few decades, there has been a clearer mandate from editors to reviewers, to not check "correctness", but, more about "suitability for the journal". This does ...
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Do peer-reviewers ignore details in complicated mathematical computations and theorems?

It's a bit of both. First, peer review explicitly states that the validity of the statements is not being checked, and is the responsibility of the author. Peer review decides if the results are ...
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I can not submit my paper again because the previous journal is not confirming the withdrawal request

I actually just encountered something similar from the other side (as the publisher), coincidentally enough. When you submit to the third journal, tell them it is possible the manuscript is still ...
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New Journals on Springer Nature?

You can subscribe to a newsletter type of e-bulletin that will keep you informed about their new titles.
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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a paper?

You must use non-English references if you use non-English sources. Citing sources is about giving credit where it is due for the ideas you use in your paper: it doesn't matter what language those ...
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Can you share some screenshots of editor's control panels?

This answer is for SuSy, the in-house editorial management system used by MDPI. Caveat: I have used SuSy for less than two weeks as of time of writing, and my understanding of it is relatively ...
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Correspondence piece in Nature

edited for clarity It depends a bit on WHY you are asking, since you mention the hunt for a postdoc. Do you want to describe it/mention it somewhere as a piece in the prestigious journal Nature? Or as ...
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My co authors backed out after paper acceptance, how to proceed

If I'm understanding your comments right, this happened: You submitted the paper to an open access journal with your co-authors' agreement & with the understanding that the APC will be split ...
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How did journal editors find peer reviewers before the internet?

There were several possibilities: Editor's personal knowledge Looking at the cited references Looking at the journals' indexes. At the time, journal would publish yearly indexes of the papers ...
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My co authors backed out after paper acceptance, how to proceed

There seems to be confusion here: Paying part of the APC is neither necessary nor sufficient for being a co-author. So if the other authors can't pay anything but you can cover the full APC, there is ...
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My co authors backed out after paper acceptance, how to proceed

ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) policy actually has a provision for this specific situation: If authors request removal or addition of an author after manuscript submission ...
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Is it normal for a revised submission, which is reviewed by the same reviewers, to take a longer review-time than the initial submission?

On average, your reasoning that a revised version should be quicker to be reviewed is sound. But the average duration is not what you experience, you get the time the actual persons which are ...
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Can I use the same words in my manuscript in writing my accessible summaries?

There should be little doubt that you aren't plagiarizing yourself. The ideas are yours and you are expressing them as such. Moreover, there is a clear link between the abstract and the original. This ...
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