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The arXiv has made it easier to settle questions of priority, since all papers are date-stamped. However, it hasn’t made the problems go away. See for a depressing story. Will this kind of thing push us to a situation … Continue reading

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Combinatorics at the EMS

Combinatorics is flourishing, at least in the lists of the European Mathematical Society publishing house. A few years ago, I mentioned the new journal Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions, aka Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincaré D. Now they have announced … Continue reading

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Discrete Analysis launched

Tim Gowers’ new journal, Discrete Analysis, launched last week. I took a look, and in the first issue found an article I really needed to read. I urge you to take a look. The design is beautiful, and the website … Continue reading

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Journal of Computation and Mathematics

The London Mathematical Society includes in its portfolio a single diamond open access journal, the Journal of Computation and Mathematics. But not for much longer, if the LMS Council has its way. A group of interested persons (whose names have … Continue reading

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Silly season, 2

I received a very respectful email enclosing a paper and soliciting my comments. I wouldn’t usually treat the sender of such an email like this, but I happened to notice that all the other addressees had names beginning pj, so … Continue reading

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British Combinatorial Bulletin

The British Combinatorial Bulletin is an annual digest of information about combinatorics in the UK: people, courses, news, publications, and other items of interest. Over the course of its life it has changed considerably, most notably by a move from … Continue reading

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Open access and the REF

After an exchange with one of the people employed by my university to “police” the institutional repository, I came upon an issue that I didn’t fully understand. If you are a UK academic hoping to submit papers to REF2020, you … Continue reading

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Two publications

I don’t think it happened to me before that two of my papers were “published” on the same day. Fortunately, it didn’t happen on April Fools’ Day … One is my paper with Pablo Spiga on switching classes. I described … Continue reading

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Counting coauthors, 2

I have decided to move one step towards practising what I preach. The arXiv is now the de facto place of publication of many mathematics papers; Google Scholar recognises it, as do various other sites such as ResearchGate. So shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Comics, literacy and self-help

Neill recently spent a week pouring out his passion and commitment to children’s comics on his blog. I thought it made remarkable reading. It is indexed on a side panel, or you can get the series from Readlists (a site … Continue reading

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