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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

Is this sound and appropriate? No. Your job as a reviewer is not to choose which manuscripts are accepted or rejected. Your job is to advise the editor as to the merits and the flaws of the ...
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How can I improve my paper with mostly original contents and only two references?

Citations aren't just about avoiding plagiarism. They are more about embedding your work into a scientific context. Every paper should explain in an introduction section why this work is relevant, ...
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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

If your intention is to "kill" the manuscript, you should give a reject recommendation. Rejecting does not mean there are no merits to the manuscript. In fact, I would guess that most manuscripts are ...
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How to proceed when a mathematical result contradicts existing literature?

Certainly the fact that there is a contradiction with previous literature must be prominently advertised; to do otherwise would be scientific misconduct. I would not be confident in publishing such a ...
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Publishing a result that is aesthetically pleasing, but has no practical value

Yes, this is fine. Math papers very often contain results just because they are interesting or instructive, even if they do not seem to be "useful". You could mention this when introducing the ...
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Are results that are derived simply by using more computational power publishable?

(I switched the order of a couple of your questions to give the answer a more logical flow.) On the other hand, the results are definitely new, and interesting (for whatever reason N = 20 is the ...
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Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

Novelty is a basic requirement in research because without novel results, the work is of at best limited usefulness. It's not useless - review papers are useful - but it's less interesting to the ...
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IEEE conference chair asked to take down the arXiv version of the paper within 24 hours

I think that what you're seeing here is a conference chair who doesn't understand what arXiv is and is blindly applying the self-plagiarism policy. The IEEE's current official FAQ on author rights has ...
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Can I publish a paper which 1) proposes an idea and 2) proves that the idea doesn't work?

What is wrong with proving some never existing idea is not a good idea? Ideas are easy to produce, but unfortunately only a tiny fraction of them are really useful. If you pick an idea at random, it'...
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Is improving a simple algorithm without beating the state of the art still publishable?

Sure this is publishable, but the real question is where? The applied mathematical community, especially the one in which the state of the art methods are developed will probably not see the ...
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How can I improve my paper with mostly original contents and only two references?

It depends what you're actually saying in the paper. If all you're saying is "We invented cryptographic algorithm X.", then you may not need any citations at all, but that would be a ...
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Will mathematics journals accept a non-novel theorem, but with different approach

There is more to mathematics than theorems. Sometimes the best part is the methodology of the proof, especially if it can be used to also solve important problems in the field. If everybody has been ...
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Advice on publishing original theorems with easy proofs

There's a good chance the rejection is because your results are not interesting enough for the journal. In other words, the journal is looking for not only new and interesting results, but also ...
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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?

It would be very rare for such a thing to happen. However, it might depend on the circumstances behind it. If it was nothing more than a misjudgment by the candidate and the committee or some missed (...
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Is combinatorial novelty without insight useful? Who cares if we're the first to use tool T on problem P?

Is this valuable to science? If so, why? Because it leads us to understand if tool T works on problem B. How big the "insight" that we gain from this is depends a lot on how different T is to other ...
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Which review recommendation should I give to maximize the likelihood that a manuscript is rejected?

There is no "kill the manuscript" in a reviewer's job description. If the reviewer thinks the manuscript is unoriginal or flawed (e.g. technically), that's what they should say in their review. They ...
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How to proceed when a mathematical result contradicts existing literature?

Forgetting the issue of publication, when two mathematicians find contradictory results, I think they have the collective intellectual duty to try to figure out what is going on. Generally this ...
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How can I efficiently check the originality of my work?

Ask people Doing literature research on your own is necessary, and you should spend some time on this to make sure that the result is not already available. But there is only so much you can find, ...
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What is an "un-reproducible result"?

It's important to define what reproducibility actually means and in what context it is used. Science deals with things that can be reproduced in principle: If you managed to re-create the exact same ...
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Can scientific research be accepted with grammatical errors?

Errors in writing come in many forms. Those that merely irritate pedants are less of a problem than those that impair understanding. Since the purpose of publishing research is to inform others, it's ...
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Can I publish a paper with new proof but the same result?

You can publish anything interesting. There are instance where a new proof of a new theorem is not interesting. There are also cases where a better exposition of the existing proof is interesting.
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Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

This answer will be a bit different and not limited to the sciences as the other current answers seem to be. It will also apply to many similar degrees not designated PhD. I'll use the term "doctorate"...
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What if someone else published an article on the same topic as my accepted unpublished article

After a journal has accepted an article, they're ethically bound to publish it unless there's an egregious error or abuse on the author's part. Some examples could be: They discover that you actually ...
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Recommendations regarding publishing 'folklore' results in math

I don't think this is a problem per se, but you need to have a good reason for doing so. For example, if your paper uses folklore result X in some interesting way, then it is perfectly sensible to ...
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Recommendations regarding publishing 'folklore' results in math

I gently disagree with some of the views expressed in this thread. If a result is "folklore", that already goes to show that it is natural and relevant, others wouldn't have thought about ...
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Where can/should I, as a high schooler, publish a paper regarding the derivation of a formula?

The big question here is whether what you've done is new to the world - whether it's a genuine new advance that nobody in the world has done before, or whether it's something known to the world that ...
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Why is explainability not one of the criteria for publication?

Coming especially from a biomedical sciences perspective, I mean proving something works without explaining how it works. (from a comment describing what is meant by 'explainability') this would ...
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How can I improve my paper with mostly original contents and only two references?

Most of the contents are completely original. How do you know with only two references? Show your readers and reviewers that your work differs from what has been done before. Show them that you know ...
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I've created a new formula in the field of math, as a bachelor student, what should I do now?

Essentially echoing @Buffy's answer: First, it's a great thing that you have found something cool, and are happy about it. That really is the immediate personal reward for "research". Sure, ...
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Publishing a result that is aesthetically pleasing, but has no practical value

To add to Nate Eldredge's correct (and useful!) answer and to Alexander Woo's sarcastic quip highlighting the same point, one should keep in mind that pure mathematics is, by its very definition, the ...
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