Proposed rules for long papers…
[Unfortunately things got busy before I had a chance to properly wrap up this blog… I hope to write up a proper `farewell’ post over the next couple of weekends.]
- If your paper is more than 30 pages long with multiple sections and subsections, it would be prudent to include a table of contents on the version you submit to the arXiv.
- If you are citing just one particular detail in such a paper, it would be very helpful if you included some note about which section (or at least page number) you expect your readers to read. This can be done using the “NOTE” tag in BibTeX.
Doing these things would be a huge help for people reading your papers. They would require a minimum of extra work on the authors’ part and can easily be edited away if a journal doesn’t like it. (Comment out the table of contents line and the journal’s BibTeX style file should already ignore “note” tags if they don’t like them.)
Note that the problem of not having a table of contents is somewhat ameliorated by using a pdf viewer with a “table of contents” panel, though this doesn’t really help if you’re looking at a print out, does it?
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