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A place for rejected math articles

November 30, 2007, 5:37 am

If you’ve been submitting mathematics articles to refereed journals only to have them sent back to you every time, there’s hope. You can try submitting them to the new journal Rejecta Mathematica, which will consist only of papers which have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals. From their web site:

At Rejecta Mathematica, we believe that many previously rejected papers can nonetheless have a very real value to the academic community. This value may take many forms:

  • “mapping the blind alleys of science”: papers containing negative results can warn others against futile directions; 
  • “reinventing the wheel”: papers accidentally rederiving a known result may contain new insight or ideas; 
  • “squaring the circle”: papers discovered to contain a serious technical flaw may nevertheless contain information or ideas of interest;
  • “applications of cold fusion”: papers based on a controversial premise may contain ideas applicable in more traditional settings;
  • “misunderstood genius”: other papers may simply have no natural home among existing journals.

Rejecta articles also allow the authors to speak out in defense of their rejected articles and include an open letter from the authors describing any known flaws in the paper.

And yes, although there’s no formal peer review process to get a paper into Rejecta, you can still have a paper submission rejected.

[ht Math-Blog]

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