A commenter a LOOOOONG time ago left the following:
Tell me, Gasarch, how in the world do you get your
papers published when you consistently skip the
apostrophe in it's and that's?
Do referees notice these things anymore, or are
you simply careless in blogs.
This commenter unintentionally raised some good questions:
Are referees now more demanding than they used to be?
less? This splits into many questions: concern with
truth, importance, interest, motivation, intuition, grammar,
spelling, apostrophes. I do not claim to know the answers.
Do referees notice these things anymore...
This indicates that there was a time when referees were
real referees, and men were real men, and women were real women,
and little blue fuzzballs from alpha-8 were
real little blue fuzzballs from alpha-8.
Was there such a time? Or is this is really case of
nostalgia for a time that never was? If anything I think
referees are more demanding
of changes then in a past time since they know that with word processors
such changes are easy to make.
What should referees look for?
Ian Parberry has a good paper on this
that is linked to from our website.
Informally, here is what I think the
order should be
(1) Are the results true/important/interesting?`
(2) Are they well presented?
See next item for expansion on (2).
Being well presented also has a priority
(1) Are the results well motivated?
(2) Are the proofs presented in a way that the reader can see the intuition?
A referee's job is not just to accept or reject a paper.
Its also to offer advice on a paper to make it better
Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 1/28/2010 09:09:00 AM