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Ask the editor for guidance on this. It is hard to predict how long any review will take since the time available to reviewers for this work varies so much and is usually unpaid. Whether it goes to the same reviewers or not is up to the editors. If they want things done quickly (not a given) then going back to the same reviewers (or a subset) helps move it ...


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zenodo.org is a repository that enables one to index code hosted on Github. Most probably you would find a Zenodo DOI associated in the supplementary material. If not, I've seen some journals like RSC Analyst, putting the link along with the research article on their site.


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Usually not, but as Buffy said, ask. I don't know your field, either, so this may be specific to my own. However, accepted papers are almost never modified after they are peer reviewed, since even a "minor" change will need to be reviewed again. Think of what it might mean if a mathematical proof were accepted, then slightly modified but those ...


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An option is to use grammar checking tools. Most LaTeX editors do not include this, but you could, for example, copy & paste a paragraph into a word processor and see what synonyms it suggests. I also have good experience with Grammarly, but it isn't cheap and may not be worth it. But it both tries to tell you when your text is repetitive, and you can ...


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This is an answer that could be applied to almost any question about writing style, and may get dinged for that, but I'm going to add it anyway: Look for examples to follow. When you read papers, take note of ones that are a pleasure to read, and then read them again to see how they do it. People have given some good answers with examples, and I think they ...


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Very often, you use a "however" because you're describing some developing process of thought. Thoughts change or turn to something else, and this reflects on earlier assertions. But a written document is not a speech - your text does not have to be chronological relative to your thought processes (certainly not relative to your original thought ...


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The German national funding association "DFG" publishes a codex of good scientific practice that is legally binding for all research funded by DFG. You can find an English translation online. Switzerland has a similar document. You can try the US "NSF" site next for further search.


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Consider the argument structure in the paper. I find that I have the however/therefore problem when I'm writing in flow-of-consciousness narrative voice, rather than making an effort to structure my arguments. So I write something like: Premise P1 Therefore, Conclusion C1 However, Counterargument to C1 Premise P2 Therefore, Conclusion C2a Therefore, ...


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In other answers, people have suggested using synonyms, rephrasing, or omitting the conjunctions. I would like to add some extra insight on this. I believe that “however” and “therefore” should be treated differently. “However” serves the important purpose of preparing the reader for a contradiction or a problem that will arise following the conjunction. ...


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Aggressive Pruning I agree with other answers that your repetition of however and therefore might not be a problem in this context. However, I would like to point out another option. These words are usually included as signposts for the reader, but do not change the meaning of the text. Therefore, I suggest omitting them. For example, I agree with other ...


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I must actively avoid using the words "however", "therefore", etc... every few sentences Says who? There is nothing wrong in repeating the same linking word every few sentences, in my view. Don't let the language majors guilt-trip you into thinking otherwise. That rule is way overrated. If you are writing about matrices, you wouldn't ...


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It sounds to me like you're actually doing everything that you need to do already. In fact, when you are initially writing a paper, I would suggest that you not worry about it at all. Write things as they come out most quickly and naturally, focusing only on conveying the substance of your argumentation. Only at the very end, when you are polishing before ...


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EDIT: My answer here does not directly address your problem, but I see it is useful to look for synonyms sometimes, at least we avoid to use same words repeatedly. I would suggest to consider this website to find synonyms (www.thesaurus.com). For example, I have looked for synonyms of "therefore". As you can see in the results, there are a number ...


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Let me suggest an alternate view. This is in regard to writing proofs and other very technical things. You want, above all, for your intent to be clear. It may be that "however" and "therefore" are the best available words and that they clearly express the flow of the argument. After all, if you were writing the proof purely symbolically ...


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Both are perfectly normal in academic writing. You can mix things up by using: However nevertheless nonetheless X notwithstanding This is not always/seldom/never the case for... ..., yet, ... Therefore Thus Ergo Hence Accordingly For this/that reason


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The Committee on Publication Ethics (https://publicationethics.org/) "is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define best practice in the ethics of scholarly publishing and to assist editors, publishers, etc. to achieve this." They have many documents; you can probably start with their core practices. These cover: Allegations of ...


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For Computer Science conferences, I found this article by three AI researchers/profs very helpful: https://medium.com/@deviparikh/how-we-write-rebuttals-dc84742fece1


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"Independent Scholar" or "Independent Researcher" is the way to go (as also mentioned by Arno in the comments). According to LENS, the affiliation "Independent Scholar" seems to be slightly more prevalent than "Independent Researcher", with 3.085 versus 2.426 occurrences between 2015 and the end of Nov. 2020. (Just for ...


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If an error/mistake may affect the results/interpretation of the study (based on the comments) it often cannot simply changed without the editor and maybe even the reviewers' input. Whether such an error is small and not part of the main findings, and of no effect on the outcome of the study, isn't something a layout editor is allowed/willing to decide. Let'...


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The email address listed in a publication (per clarification in the comments) does not matter at all, so long as you can read email sent to it. Most of the email you will receive will be from automated systems. I use a unique email address for each publication. These unique email addresses receive many requests for money from fraudulent journals. Exception:...


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You have probably done all you can do at the moment. What the journal is willing to do is up to them. But it may be that the "early access" version can't/won't be changed but a later final version will have the corrections. Longer term, if you still have issues with the errors it may be possible to at least have an errata page published.


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It is highly likely that your paper will be accepted. It is usually the editor who makes such decisions (if this decision has been mentioned in the email they sent you, then it was the editor). If the email also mentions that, upon submission, your paper will not be sent out for review, then you may want to contact the editor (although if I were you, I would ...


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It would depend on who made the "recommendation". If it was a reviewer, then, no, it doesn't imply acceptance. It makes it more likely, but not assured. An editor can, and sometimes does, reject a paper even with positive recommendations. That might be for business or space reasons, perhaps. I think the "future steps" is to wait for a ...


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This is very field dependent, and also can depend a lot on sub-fields within a field. I don't know what your (sub)field is, but since you say the justification is that "that's the convention they are beginning to follow", I am guessing it is not universal in your sub-field. If that is the case then you are right to be upset. This will harm you as a ...


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Name change (Yes seriously) My immediate thought was a name-change. I see that this has already been suggested (perhaps jokingly) in a comment @A. I. Breveleri Personal anecdote Some years ago I changed my surname (by deed poll - I live in Britain). My original surname was "Smith". I wasn't ashamed of this but got fed up with people complaining ...


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Please check if the journal actually has a detailing section of the contributions (i think in nature or science this was in the end of the paper) Check the Rules of the Journal, could be that they ask for alphabetical order


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There are no open data* about editorial boards yet. Thus, research articles that analyze the composition of journals' editorial boards unfortunately collect their data manually. For instance, a paper in 2016 writes at p. 4: We began with a collection of 605 abbreviated titles of journals [...]. Crowdworkers from Amazon Mechanical Turk then expanded those ...


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First, use citation to avoid any charge of plagiarism/stealing. This is true for plots as well as for quoted words. Second, it would depend on how much of the work you would be including. If you want to include all or most of the plots in the original you would be on shaky ground just as if you over-quoted the article even with citation. Third, there might ...


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Congratulations on finding the proof! I have looked into your comments and also your MSE post. Here are some remarks: you are mis-attributing the field of your result. It is not 'related to algebra'; modern algebra studies general, abstract features of structures. Neither is it related to operator theory as your tag suggests. If I were to name a field, it ...


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Ask the group if you can be the "corresponding author" In most disciplines, the corresponding author is either the lead author who did most of the writing/work or the PI on the project. They handle the submission and are in direct contact with the journal. If you are marked as the corresponding author on the publication, it will be assumed that you ...


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I had a similar experience a very long time ago: I was working with what would be my Ph.D. advisor's group and this work and I did a long and involved calculation which was the major part of a paper. After I handed in the results and helped write up the paper I found out that my name was nowhere in the paper, and only got a thanks in the aknowledgement. I ...


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Here are some ideas from a physics perspective. We often have to deal with long equations. If you have the occasional over-long equation, then sparing use of the two-column environment or slightly smaller font size can be the good choices. (Assuming the journal accepts it.) Suppressing meaningful indices like this can be OK if they are repeated, but if the ...


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The OP stated in a comment on another answer: I have posted the result on MSE, see the latest question about Faulbaher's formula. It looks like the question they are referring to is: Faulhaber formula from geometric series and operators? As far as I know, academic journals generally do not accept work that has previously been published elsewhere. According ...


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As others have noted there are some fields (and subfields) where alphabetical ordering is the standard and everyone understands, expects, and respects that. A paper with a different ordering will stand out in some way. But the solution in such a situation is to provide a short section in the paper itself, detailing the main contributions of each author. For ...


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Even if the result is not new, if your proof is short (and, by definition, does not require more than what a high-schooler knows), then it might be possible to publish in say American Math. Monthly, or similar. They accept short, nice proofs.


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You were completely wrong in thinking it was unethical to co-author a paper you had no part in writing, or that the other person did anything wrong. Quite the contrary. Contributions to papers may take very different form; one can merit a co-authorship without writing a word if one contributed essential ideas. As a famous example, Adelman of the RSA code ...


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A particularly challenging aspect of writing a paper is the introduction. At least in my field of research, I expect this to contain a reasonable overview of related work. Context ist very important to appreciate the value of a paper. The standard is that this needs to be provided by the author, not by the reader. This was a major challenge for me for many ...


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Speaking from a field where author lists are always alphabetical: This will do you good in the long run! If you follow this convention, you will never have to argue over authorship order - take a look at the amount of questions on this site dealing with exactly this question, and be thrilled that you have the option to simply exclude that from your life. ...


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Congratulations! Even if your paper contains errors, the mere experience of writing it and submitting it for evaluation by others is hugely valuable and shows superb skill and dedication from you! Please don't stop! I'm not clear if this is something you have already written, or is still unfinished. I am not a published researcher, but I have many friends ...


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In the first instance, I recommend talking to the professor and respectfully asking the reason why they changed the author ordering. However, unfortunately it is completely conventional in some fields to always list authors alphabetically, meaning that if your name is at the end of the alphabet you're unlikely to ever have a first author paper (note that if ...


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This sucks big time. As a start, if you haven't submit the paper yet, it may not be published in 4 months, due to peer review taking usually some time, so adjust accordingly if you want to apply for a PhD soon. I am afraid there's not much I would do in your current situation rather than talk with the professor and explain what you said here. There are ...


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TIAA-CREF has published an excellent article regarding The Changing Faculty Workforce Models by Adrianna Kezar of the University of Southern California. and can be found at the following URL: www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org In a nutshell, the document details changes in academia resulting from several external influences that have impacted the traditional faculty ...


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I was in your same position in high-school, and not to come off as discouraging, but the results you have most likely do not settle the “famous” open problem you’re interested in. In high-school, I believed I had proved P=NP by coming up with an algorithm that solved an NP-Hard problem. I even typed the solution and emailed it to a few Professors who, ...


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I'd recommend not trying to submit a paper to a journal without guidance from a more experienced academic. That academic doesn't have to be a professor; anyone with more experience with the field than you should be good. You've contacted the professor, which is a great start. If they don't reply, you can/should also talk to your teachers. Since you're fresh ...


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Anyone can publish a paper, regardless of age or affiliation, provided that it meets the (rather high) standards of a journal. The standards will include things like understandable writing, but more important is whether the paper solves an "interesting" question in a "novel" way. "Interesting" can mean new and important, or ...


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It depends what you mean by "publishing". If you want to make it publicly available, and touch as much people as possible with your book, publishing it by Springer is not always the best way to go. As a personal experience, I'm writing a math book while having no affiliation. The "originality" is to be completely free (the LaTeX sources ...


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As someone who has served as referee for math textbook proposals for reputed academic publishers, I can tell you that if your proposal were sent to me, I could not care less about whether you have a degree or what your title is. I would care about the content of your proposal and whether it convinced me that you can write a high quality, correct, and ...


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Will lacking a degree in mathematics or physics prevent my book from being published? It won't outright prevent your book from being published, but it will be a disadvantage. This stems from two things: Without a degree, unless you can demonstrate exceptional achievement, you are less of an authority. Without a degree, like it or not, your books will ...


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Actually, you should let A know that you and the others have been working on the problem and propose that you merge into one group. If B and C haven't been productive on it, then you might want to discuss it with them first. It might be that one or both of them isn't ready for a more intensive collaboration. You can, jointly, be honest with A that your ...


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Many journals have a policy that all authors must approve of the paper for it to be published, and if any authorship changes (for example, adding or removing authors) occur between submission and publication, all authors must agree to it. If you had submitted the paper with his name as a co-author, he might have been able to try to use that as leverage to ...


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