# Questions tagged [peer-review]

for questions related to peer review, such as transparency, best practices and ethical issues; cf. also [tag:journals].

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### Peer review 2.0

I have an idea for a website that could improve some well-known difficulties around peer review system and "hidden knowledge" in mathematics. It seems like a low hanging fruit that many ...

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### Which journals publish mathematics book reviews?

Which mathematics journals publish book reviews? So far I have the following:
Notices of the American Mathematical Society
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (From looking at its website ...

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### Where to publish a long classification?

Suppose that the classification of some mathematical (say algebraic) notions requires (say) 70 pages. Let clarify that (say) 90% of the pages are used to write the result itself, whereas only 10% are ...

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### How to write a good MathSciNet review?

When reviewing for MathSciNet, I routinely find myself just paraphrasing and abbreviating the introduction provided by the author, and occasionally adding a few words about the quality of the research ...

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### Is it the referee's responsibility to verify results from arXiv preprints used in the refereed paper?

I'm refereeing a Banach spaces paper and it looks pretty good. I'm about ready to recommend it for publication.
However, its main result depends crucially on some other results that are in preprints ...

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### Extent of “unscientific”, and of wrong, papers in research mathematics

This question is cross-posted from academia.stackexchange.com where it got closed with the advice of posting it on MO.
Kevin Buzzard's slides (PDF version) at a recent conference have really ...

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### How can I improve my formal definitions?

I am a Software Architect and not very familiarized with standard notation in mathematics. Nonetheless, I would like to write a paper explaining a normalization of a computing model for expert systems....

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### What has happened with the Publications of the $n$Lab?

What has happened with the Publications of the $n$Lab? They seem to have published only a couple of articles back in 2011, 2012. A little search i made was not very enlightening.
Has the project ...

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### Original source for Littlewood’s three precepts of refereeing in mathematics

I have a question regarding Littlewood’s three precepts of refereeing a mathematical paper, namely whether it is (1) new, (2) correct, and (3) interesting.
I have found these mentioned in the ...

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### Can the Math 2.0 Forum's Closure be prevented? [closed]

Apologies if this is not regarded as suitable for MO, but I have noticed other "soft" questions and feel this deserves some attention by the community, and did not know where else this could be asked.
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### Understand the publishing process time [closed]

Like a lot of beginner mathematicians (I guess), I'm worried about the publishing process time.
In order to better understand that, I have a series of small questions (answers expected in average).
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### Double-Blind Peer Review in mathematics journals? [closed]

Some journals in some other fields offer a double-blind option to authors, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the ...

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### What is the error in this disproof of the $\Omega$-conjecture?

I was reading about the $\Omega$-conjecture and have thought of a refutation of it, which seems too simple to not have been noticed since the $\Omega$-conjecture has been around, so i'm skeptical and ...

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### How to find volunteer reviewers?

I am currently in a little dilemma about publishing a result related to general matching.
The dilemma is, that I am not associated to any research institute and thus do not have contact to ...

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### Publication in proceedings

Why and how publishing a paper in proceedings?
What are the difference with a "classical" journal?
What's the list of the main proceedings in which one can publish?
Do proceedings papers (never, ...

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### MathScinet reviewing: should I check the proofs?

The guidelines do not clearly specify how much work one is assumed to do in writing a MathSciNet review. What is the consensus? Is one expected to read the whole paper and check the the proofs in ...

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### journal to submit mathematic books' review

it has been asked to me to write a review on a book about the history of mathematics in Italy between the two world wars.
The book is a non-technical one. I would like to know which journal accepts ...

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### Where to look for corrections of papers?

When I start reading a paper, is there some easy way to find a list of corrections for that paper?
For example, it happens occasionally that some result of a paper turns out to be wrong, or at least ...

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### When (if ever) disclose your identity as a reviewer?

The peer review system is in general single blinded: The reviewers will not be known by the authors of a paper by default. One reason for this is to guarantee that the reviewer can write his opinions ...

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### Should I write to the referee? [closed]

I have submitted a paper to a good journal about 3 months ago. Now I have realized that there is a mistake in the paper. Now I have completely corrected it. It is not a very serious error, but I ...

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### A question about MathSciNet etiquette

Hello,
Recently, a colleague of mine pointed me to a MathSciNet review of one of my papers that is completely off the mark - it is not negative or anything like that, but it grossly misrepresents the ...

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### Is it OK for a referee to acknowledge identity with a previous referee?

As with this older related question, question anonymous for obvious reasons.
If I have been asked to review the same paper twice, is it OK to acknowledge in my review that I am the same person as one ...

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### Proper way to deal with papers you've already refereed.

This question is anonymous for obvious reasons.
I referee what feels like a decent number of papers (though I don't know how many is normal!), and I try to take it seriously. Sometimes, based on ...

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### On referee-author communications

Every time I referee a paper, I dream of a system which would allow me to ask the author a question without troubling the editors. It would save time for everyone involved, most importanly the referee;...

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### Does a referee have to check carefully the proof ?

I have always checked very carefully the papers I was refereeing when I wanted to suggest "accept". Actually I spend almost as much time checking the maths of a paper I referee than checking the maths ...

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### Published results: when to take them for granted?

Two kinds of papers. There are two kinds of papers: self-contained ones, and those relying on published results (which I believe are the vast majority).
Checking the result. Of course, one should ...

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### Criteria for accepting an invitation to become an editor of a scientific journal

Yesterday I receivied the following letter:
Dear Tomaz Pisanski,
I am writing to introduce the XXXX to you. XXXX is a new journal launched by the YYYY from USA. With an open access publication ...

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### Editors in peer-review systems

This is a strictly technical question on peer-review systems currently employed in the mathematical literature, not a subjective discussion of merits/drawbacks of such systems, so I think/hope it's ...