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Referee says the proof is wrong, but it is not, what to do?

While you might be able to appeal to the editor, once you've been rejected, you're probably not going to get a change in decision. I would instead recommend focusing on a new submission to another ...
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What should I do when my accepted paper is subsequently rejected?

Check with the journal. Especially do this if the rejection email you received looks like an auto-generated email. No rational journal would act in such a way, so my gut feeling says there was a ...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

If the review is unclear, you should contact the editor for clarification, and not the referee. This would be true even if the peer review was not blinded. The editor is in charge of peer review.
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I got a paper to review from a journal that had rejected my earlier works, how to respond?

These two issues are separate: if they reject your paper without comments, that's where you have to complain. They did not do a good job, reputable or not, and you are entitled to an explanatory ...
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What should I do when my accepted paper is subsequently rejected?

This is unacceptable. If this is a reputable journal, then you can make the point that they made you wait and the research results become stale, and that you have every right to expect them to honour ...
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Is it fair to desk-reject a manuscript because it breaks relativity?

That procedure would remove the ability to overturn incorrect mainstream results. But the author should explicitly address the issue Whilst I appreciate the Bayesian reasoning involved here (high a ...
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What to do with a mathematical article rejected from a journal because the anonymous referee found a simpler proof?

I would contact the editor and ask them to contact the reviewer to ask whether they would consider being co-author on a revised paper or at least be acknowledged for the simpler proof.
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Is it normal to feel like I bought my way into graduate school after being rejected and then accepted when I was awarded an external fellowship?

From what I've heard the NSF fellowship is not an easy one to get, and having one seems to carry some sort of prestige. Sure, the program may have accepted you on the ground that they don't have to ...
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Any good way to tell a faculty candidate "We don't want you"?

Getting a rejection sucks. There is not much you can do about it. My wife and I have talked about this a lot and as candidates the only thing we wanted to know was how close we were and how we stacked ...
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Rejection from a legitimate journal, with reviewers recommending me to try a Beall's list journal

I am quite new to academia, is the above considered normal practice No. This is abnormal and unacceptable for a reviewer or editor to suggest this. Any advice of what I can do? If the journal you ...
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How to interpret this rejection email from Journal of American Math Society? Anything to read between the lines?

There isn't anything between the lines. It's simply a rejection. The editor and reviewers feel that your paper is clearly not strong enough for this journal, and they're telling you so. Note that ...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

No you should not contact the suspected referee. You may think you're 100% sure but there is still a chance you're wrong. Also anonymous reviewing is there to give the referee a chance to be honest ...
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How to handle a possibly biased editor?

Probably not what you want to hear, but... There's the option of submitting it somewhere else?
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How to interpret this rejection email from Journal of American Math Society? Anything to read between the lines?

Top journals, and JAMS is at the very top (most mathematicians probably will not have ever seriously considered submitting there), typically have 2 first passes before a proper peer-review (referee): (...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

If you sent me the email, here is how I would reply: Dear High GPA I am not in the habit of telling people if I refereed their paper - that would be a most inappropriate thing for me to do, and it is ...
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How to deal with this rejection email from the journal Mathematics of Computation?

It is just a nice way to say no. Submit elsewhere. This is called a desk reject; you will find more in this question What does the typical workflow of a journal look like? . Note that Math Comp is one ...
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Is it good courtesy to reply and express gratitude to an editor's long letter of rejection?

It's fine to express gratitude with a brief thank you, calling out the specific thing you are thanking for (the time taken to write a detailed response), and mentioning the benefit to you (for example,...
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What is the meaning of “we can't offer to further consider this paper in its current shape”?

I'm sorry to say but this reads like the most negative reaction of the editor possible. The editor doesn't see how even a substantial revision of the paper would lead to a path to publication. They ...
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Sharing referee/AE report online to point out a grievous error in refereeing

For the sake of science [...], I intend to upload my paper, the referee report and the covering letter of the associate editor (all of whom are anonymous, BTW) on my website and on researchgate. ...
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Paper rejected because 'it did not fit the scope of the journal"

Sometimes "out of scope" doesn't mean that the topic/theme of the paper is outside the scope of the journal, rather it may be that the impact is out of scope. This is just standard ...
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Is it normal to reject a paper due to a large amount of ambiguity and lexical errors instead of recommending a major revision?

My understanding (which I'm not sure is universal) is that a recommendation of major revision should indicate that you have high confidence that the authors can make the necessary changes (and in ...
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Meaning of rejection feedback from the Annals of Mathematics

The Annals is the most prestigious journal in mathematics. Unless your paper solves a famous long-standing problem (correctly!), there is no point in sending your paper there. The editor sent the ...
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I got a paper to review from a journal that had rejected my earlier works, how to respond?

Is it weird that the journal is now thinking me capable of reviewing a manuscript? Not really. Almost all scientists have their papers rejected on a regular basis and if this disqualified them from ...
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Response to referee after rejection

This is a waste of your time, and, more importantly, a waste of the time of people who already selflessly gave away their time working to give you feedback that helps you improve your paper, and to ...
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Reviewers’ comments are not sufficient to reject my paper, what to do?

You make the suggested changes, assuming you agree with them, and submit to another slightly less prestigious journal. Most likely, the editors didn't think your paper was interesting enough for their ...
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No mention of previous work = reject?

One of the key questions for any piece of scientific work is this: how does this work contribute to human knowledge? If a work fails to even discuss its relationship to prior work, then it is entirely ...
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Can I contact the referee if I know their identity after a double-blind reviewing process?

Don’t. It is entirely inappropriate to contact a referee unless the editor has given you explicit permission to do so. (Conversely, as a referee it is inappropriate to contact an author unless you ...
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Rejecting a Paper from a Prestigious Lab as a Reviewer

If the journal’s editor is even somewhat ethical- you should be fine. This is the point of anonymous review. I don’t think anyone can 100% absolutely guarantee that your identity will not be exposed, ...
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Response to referee after rejection

I'll disagree with Dan Romik about this: I'd think it's totally fair to send the referee an rebuttal through the editor in charge of the manuscript. (And I say that as the Editor-in-Chief of a journal....
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