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Is there a canonical answer about selecting a journal for publication? (If not, should we have one?)

Short answer I would vote no. I think "canonical answers" only make sense when the canonical answer addresses (a) the user's actual question, or (b) some generalization of the user's ...
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Do we need a “borderline admissions” question for countries other than the US?

I think a canonical question on how academic education after bachelor’s works in Germany would be a good idea, as we get many questions where basic knowledge about this is missing. I don’t think ...
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What potential duplicate targets should I know about as a reviewer?

Graduate Admission and Studies How should I deal with becoming discouraged as a graduate student? How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in Country X? How are Ph.D. applications ...
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Questions about old, hard to find sources

This seems like a good idea. It looks like we already have two questions that essentially cover this ground: What do you do when you find yourselves with an unreadable/inaccessible paper?, as Buffy ...
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Do we want a canonical question on "what to do if accused of misconduct"?

Upvote this post if you agree that we should not adopt this canonical question; downvote if you strongly disagree. No, we should not adopt this canonical question. There are too many variables: ...
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Do we need a canonical question for "bailing out of accepted position"?

I am of the opinion that reneging on an accepted PhD position, a grant, a postdoc position, and a tenure track is sufficiently different that merging them all into a single answer is not very useful. ...
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Vote-to-close/Canonical questions for "Can't/won't attend conference/ visa issue"

If the questions are identical, definitely close. Saves everyone time. If questions are similar but subtly different, definitely stay open. The nuance may affect the answer, or may be asking for an ...
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Should we have a canonical question about the relation (or lack thereof) between plagiarism and paraphrasing?

Let me write up what I understand of the proposal / discussion in comments, so that people can upvote if they think this is a good canonical question, and downvote if not. Edits / comments suggesting ...
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Why do we redirect all "what is happening to my paper" questions?

Would you rather them be closed as too specific and go ask the journal? If the answer depends on the specific journal, it is not a good question for us. If it is more of a general question, then the ...
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Conflict of interest questions

Those questions are definitely rather different from each other, and there's no ground to close them as duplicates. The only possibility I see would be that of creating a general, canonical Q&A ...
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Would like to add "faq" and/or "canonical-question" and/or "canonical-post" tag to these questions

I do not consider having a tag for this a useful idea: We already have a list of canonical Q&As on Meta. For frequent close voters this is a better resource than a tag, because it can be ...
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Canonical "Can I publish without supervisor" question?

To move some ideas from the comments into an answer: Yes. I think an answer to Canonical "Can I publish without supervisor" question? would be good for this site. I think this answer should ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

What should be done if a new duplicate question gets asked, but there is no answer for that specific country in this canonical target? I see several reasonable options: Immediately close the question ...
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Why do we redirect all "what is happening to my paper" questions?

I would categorise “What is happening to my paper” questions as follows: Questions which are directly answered by the canonical Q&A¹. These should clearly be closed as duplicate. Questions where ...
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Do we want a canonical question for how to react to long paper-handling times?

I think that a canonical Q&A should refer to the field. From what I have seen the amount of time the review process takes can vary widely between fields. Astronomy and Astrophysics papers (from ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

Should the answer be only concerned with the international students seeking to apply/wondering what is it like? I have started putting something together about Russia where I work and in the process ...
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Suggestions to improve the use and the findability of canonical questions

We already have a list of canonical questions. The advantage of this (over a tag) is that it can be sorted by category and similar. The obvious problem is that users are not sufficiently aware of this ...
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Suggestions to improve the use and the findability of canonical questions

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll write my responses in two different answers, so people can upvote/downvote individually. I agree we should add some version of the quoted text to each canonical ...
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Do we need a canonical question for "bailing out of accepted position"?

Pondering my own answers to these types of question, I actually think there is a canonical version that exists. Perhaps the canonical question would be something like: Switching Positions After ...
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Forced authorship questions

I think it might be better to include a list of "related questions" in the body of the respective questions. Otherwise, too much existing work will need to be merged (a very messy operation, given ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

One thing we should discuss is: Are there any places where it makes sense to have one answer that covers multiple countries? Perhaps countries where grad schools are very very similar? Or countries ...
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Should these question closure instructions be included in this canonical question?

The instructions are stating what should be obvious: don't hammer a question for being asked-and-answered unless it has actually been asked and answered. It is understandably infuriating for the asker ...
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Should we have a canonical question about changing fields after PhD?

Following up on the discussion in the comments, Is there any field-specific advice (about changing fields post-PhD) that we would want to preserve / curate / generate / leave placeholders for? Do any ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

GoodDeeds pointed out that the old canonical question and this one overlap a bit in the case of the US. I agree this is an issue. My preferred solution is the following: Use the new question to ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

There seems to be a potential for a lot of duplication in content between the existing canonical question for the US and the new canonical question. Even though the original focuses on "weak or ...
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Canonical question about adding unrequested changes during revision

I disagree that those two questions are duplicates, at least of each other. Yes, they are related. Yes, they have "the same (potential) answers", and your answer applies to both. However, I ...
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Do we want a canonical question for how to react to long paper-handling times?

I created a question as proposed: Is my paper under review for too long and if yes, how should I react? (I just forgot to post it here.)
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