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I missed a paper from the past year which is very close to what I am doing. What should I do?

Take a deep breath. This type of thing happens all the time to everyone in the business. I'd say more than half of the citations that go into my literature searches are things that I discover within ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

Apologies if this answer sounds trivial but it might be helpful for a student. It often depends on the funding conditions. In some of my grants, I allocate some money for publishing. This 'looks good' ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

You should send it back when ready. If the comments have been addressed, it will be evident, and that is all that matters. Nobody assumes you are spending the entirety of your allotted time working on ...
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I missed a paper from the past year which is very close to what I am doing. What should I do?

Being scooped this way is a common thing, and happens even for professionals log into their careers. That this is happening to you at this point in your career is to some extent a good thing; it means ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

There is no advantage in waiting and lots of reasons to speed the process. Don’t play mind games with the editor.
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

What happens to unused money, especially money designated for a specific purpose, depends a lot on the source of the grant, the country, the university, and even the department. Sometimes, researchers ...
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What is the reasoning behind putting table and figures at the very end of submitted papers?

This is a hangover from earlier times, when graphical material would likely need to be produced and printed using different systems to the main text. Thus, the format is designed to support manual ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

Just want to point out that the two weeks you're given to revise the manuscript is probably not customized by the editor. Most probably it's just the default amount of time for minor revision ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

It's been mentioned in the comments, but not in an answer yet: impact factor is a terrible measure of both how good a journal is, and what it's reputation is. And also things like how fast the turn ...
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I missed a paper from the past year which is very close to what I am doing. What should I do?

Depending on the area of research, you could rewrite some parts of your paper and reframe your paper as a verification of findings from the last year's paper. Perhaps if there are substantial ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

Here's one aspect that hasn't been mentioned yet if I'm not mistaken. My university has agreements with some publishers to cover Open Access fees, however these agreements have limits, and money ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

To add a perspective I haven't yet seen in the other answers: I do intend this respectfully, but you say it yourself, "I am just a student." I have definitely provided simplified answers to ...
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Can I present an article at a conference, if it has previously been put on arxiv and sent to a journal?

This is totally fine, don't worry about it. In mathematics, many journals have very long reviewing cycles. It can take a few years before a submitted journal is accepted or rejected. Thus, it is ...
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I missed a paper from the past year which is very close to what I am doing. What should I do?

With the amount of information out there, it can be easy for many topics to overlap somewhat. As long as you properly cite everything, you shouldn't worry too much. In writing, the best way is to take ...
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I missed a paper from the past year which is very close to what I am doing. What should I do?

How do I tackle this now? You should be very pleased. You have discovered a source more credible than yours, that arrived at similar conclusions to yours - thereby bolstering your conclusions. You ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

As the other answers pointed out, funding for publishing is sometimes not an issue. Having the same impact factor, other aspects remain: Where does the topic of the article fit better? Is the journal ...
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choose target journal, does impact factor matters?

But my supervisor does not care about IF much, he told me when people read or evaluate the paper, they care about the research itself instead of where it was published. Most people don't care about ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

Even if it's obvious that the revision should take a day (or less) to implement, the editor will give you at least two weeks, just in case you can't spare a day right now. (You might, for example, be ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

As editor I'm happy to get papers done and off my desk (or rather the editorial system). Furthermore if I ask for Minor Revisions I strongly believe that ultimately the paper will be accepted and ...
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Should one submit to a workshop and a conference at the same time, typically ACL and EMNLP?

You need to check the specific rules of the specific ACL workshop and EMNLP, the problem is generally during the review process (waste of reviewer time if paper is reviewed concurrently at multiple ...
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I want to submit an abstract to a conference. But the results are quite preliminary. What are the chances of acceptance?

Congrats on the funding! I agree with you that it's a great opportunity to meet some folks in your new field. I hope you are aware that you can attend conferences without presenting research at them. ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

There is a very simple principle at work here that is of very broad applicability in the professional world: People in academia (and anywhere else) don't like it when other people waste their time. ...
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Should I wait to send a revised manuscript?

I, myself, have done this, and it was never a problem (a few times, the turnaround was same-day). In fact, I’m willing to bet the editor appreciates your expeditiousness, as it also speeds things up ...
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Banned from the Journal Cureus

I'm interpreting this question as "I was banned by journal X, am I also banned by all other journals by that journal's publisher?" The answer is "it depends". Some publishers have ...
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Banned from the Journal Cureus

Your first question is impossible to answer. If I had to take a guess, I would say that this shouldn't affect other Springer journals. On the surface, Cureus seems to use it's own submission/account ...
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Why do journals refuse to see substantially revised manuscripts after rejection?

Scientific journals are not an educational tool in the context of which a perhaps good/clever/innovative research idea is all that we are looking for and then, reviewers take on the role of teaching ...
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choose target journal, does impact factor matters?

Impact factor IS important. But it is not the only thing that is important. Cutting edge, novel research is more often than not published in higher IF journals. Though certainly, many good works, and ...
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Should one submit to a workshop and a conference at the same time, typically ACL and EMNLP?

Even though the conferences ask the authors for to check for double session, it is very rare they practically check that. As there is no way to check where the paper has been submitted before the ...
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Why would academics spend funds on an apparently unnecessary publishing fee?

In a majority of cases such as this, I am willing to bet this is "use it or lose it" money that has to be spent by/before a specifically-set date. As an academic, I have seen - and ...
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I want to submit an abstract to a conference. But the results are quite preliminary. What are the chances of acceptance?

Your chances of acceptance depend on the conference. I've been to some conferences that accept almost any paper and to other conferences that accept very few papers. This depends not only on the ...
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