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Is it bad to withdraw a manuscript one day after its submission?

I am a co-editor of an interdisciplinary journal (social sciences/humanities). I would rather an author withdraw and get the piece into shape than for us to either read it and have to desk reject, or ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

The journal has nothing to "give back" and no basis for demanding payment. As long as the authors still hold copyright the work is theirs and theirs alone. All that is required is a ...
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Withdraw manuscript from peer review after finding a major error

There are two parts to your question: How to broach the matter with your colleagues. How to withdraw your paper from review. The trickier issue is how to broach the subject with your ...
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Should I withdraw my paper because review is taking too long?

Implicit in your question is the assumption "if I withdraw my paper I will be able to get it published elsewhere faster". Are you sure that will happen though? It's entirely possible you ...
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What to do when you have accidentally submitted an article to a predatory journal

You can now submit it elsewhere. It has not been published and it is not under consideration anywhere, so you are free to resubmit it. The fact that the first journal was predatory is only relevant ...
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Withdrawing conference paper (after acceptance) due to budget issue

I'll leave a discussion of the ethics of withdrawal to someone else, but the main consequence of withdrawing your paper will be just that: Your paper will be withdrawn. It's unlikely to be something ...
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How can I withdraw a published paper?

If it's already published, you can't. Typically when you publish a paper, you sign some rights over to the publisher: you give them permission to put your work into their compilation. This comes ...
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Predatory journal threatens me to either pay or they will retract the paper visibly online

The truth is, no one can really predict what the journal will do. However, there are several things to keep in mind: predatory journals are in the business of making money with the least effort for ...
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I got into grad school, now I need to retract my commitment

It's never easy to break a commitment but you have to let them know as soon as possible, the earlier the better so they can make proper preparations for themselves, perhaps even extend a last minute ...
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Is it bad to withdraw a manuscript one day after its submission?

I once withdrew a paper shortly after submission (IIRC a week or so; found a mistake in the data analysis code and said so to the editor). The editor basically answered thank your for letting us know* ...
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Withdrawing a paper after acceptance modulo revisions?

The paper is yours until you release it to a publisher. But, I suggest that you consider what is best for the advancement of understanding, rather than the wishes of a particular publisher. However, ...
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Is it reasonable for an author to withdraw an accepted paper because they have since done better work?

The work obviously will be less novel (particularly to its author) a year later, but that does not seem like a good reason to withdraw it. If the paper contains good and useful work, withdrawing it at ...
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What is the difference between 'withdrawn' and 'retracted'?

Withdrawal happens before the article is published, during peer review. Retraction happens after it is published. By the way withdrawal does not imply there is something wrong with the journal article ...
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What to do if the Editor is not responding to my repeated e-mails?

Giving someone 2 days to respond to an email, especially about a submission, is no where near long enough. I wouldn't expect a response that fast for virtually anything. 4 emails is definitely ...
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How can I withdraw a published paper?

Bryan Krause already gives the right answer, namely "what you want to do is not possible". To explain why, you should not consider a journal as a collection of websites that can come and go, ...
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Withdrawing conference paper (after acceptance) due to budget issue

No, withdrawing a paper in the situation you describe is not unethical. By not announcing the registration fees in advance of submission, the organizers left you having to make an ill-informed ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

In addition to the excellent answers by Buffy and Anonymous Physicist, I will add a few points. For the sake of completeness, let me summarize the key issues I see here. I am not a lawyer, but I do ...
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How would you write to your in-class team, that you are going to drop the class, leaving no hard feelings?

Your suggestion looks fine. I would consider making an offer to bring them up to speed on anything you have been working on that could help them out.
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Withdraw manuscript from peer review after finding a major error

The whole point of the peer-review process is to avoid that any sub-standard garbage gets published. That is the reason your "reputable journal" is reputable in the first place. Here, the review ...
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What to do if predatory journal won't withdraw paper after acceptance?

There are three issues here. Have you signed a publication agreement, have you paid them, and has the paper actually been published yet? If all three have happened, then you are probably stuck. ...
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Another story of PhD selection regret

You're experiencing anxiety, which is a normal response to an upcoming major life change. If it's severe enough to be causing physical symptoms, e.g., panic attacks, please see a physician as there ...
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I got into grad school, now I need to retract my commitment

I can’t just not show up Indeed. Tell the office/admin first- they are the ones that deal with the paperwork. Consider writing a longer email explaining yourself to your potential supervisor if it ...
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How can I force a journal to withdraw a paper?

This sounds like a strange situation, in which something isn't adding up. It seems to me that one of two things is going on here: This isn't actually the reputable journal that you think it is. It ...
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When editor does not respond to the request for withdrawal

what should I do? Send another email stating that you will consider the article retracted if you do not receive a response within one week. Can I submit the manuscript to another journal? Yes, ...
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Can preprint withdrawals lead to retraction of articles prior to the preprint?

Withdrawal is a human process, performed by humans. Humans can be influenced by many things; yeah, I'd expect an editor to be somewhat influenced by knowing that other venues have retracted work for ...
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Can the postdoc adviser withdraw our paper against my will?

Yes, an academic paper cannot be published without the consent of all its authors (as JeffE pointed out in the comments), so any one author can prevent publication for any reason, with no appeal or ...
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When to withdraw/is this professor being reasonable?

In the US, it is up to the professor on how he/she wants to handle a student missing class without a valid excuse. Vacations are not valid excuses (doesn't matter how long you've been planning it, and ...
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When editor does not respond to the request for withdrawal

Just to add to the answer from @user2768: when you submit the manuscript to another journal, mention in your cover letter what happened with the previous submission (including your one-sided ...
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Can a (predatory or fake) journal refuse to withdraw a non-published paper, even though the journal is to blame for withdrawal request?

Is this legally possible for the thief to legally keep the theft (and unpublished) article? A more relevant question would be: Can someone libel me and legally get away with it? The answer is yes, ...
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