At the moment there is a synonym $\to$ . (With the tag as the master tag.)

I think that at least for some questions tagged :

  • Using a tag called might be more suitable.
  • At least in some cases I'd guess that maybe the poster entered and the system changed the tag to - because of the synonym.

I wonder whether it might be more reasonable to have them as two separate tags rather than a synonym.

Or if MO users want to keep questions from these topics under a single tag, maybe would be more suitable as the master tag instead of ? (If I had to choose between these two, seems more general than .)


  1. Would it be better to cancel the synonym and have and as two separate tags?
  2. Or, if we still want a synonym, wouldn't it be better to have as the master tag?

According to the list of synonyms and this SEDE query, the synonym was suggested on 22 April 2015.and approved by a mod on 24 April 2015.

The list of synonyms shows 17 renames. This number means that in 17 cases somebody actually typed the tag and the software changed it to . (Admittedly, it is not that much, considering that there are currently 287 question in total.)

Checking the Wayback Machine in March 2015, it seem that the tag-info for was empty at the time.

The tag has a tag-excerpt: "Questions about mathematical publishing, including specific journals, peer review etc." And also a tag-wiki:

This tag is for questions related to publishing mathematical writings in mathematical journals, including which journal to choose for certain kinds of work, questions about peer review, preprint servers and related topics.

Both the tag-excerpt and tag-wiki were created in March 2021.)

Looking at the Wayback Machine not too long before the synonym was created, it seems that there were 3 questions tagged (publishing) and 73 questions tagged (journals) around that time.

It seems that the tags were merged by a moderator - the questions which had the tag now show in their revision history: 181414, 73463, 176369.

  • $\begingroup$ Of the two options that I've mentioned, I'd probably be more in favor of keeping the synonym - but reversing the direction. But let's wait and see what others think about this. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 1, 2022 at 18:58

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We could also imagine create the tag (or ) and make both and synonyms of it. These are only 300 questions and I'm not sure two separate tags are useful.

The current tag info of ("Questions about mathematical publishing, including specific journals, peer review etc." ) would be suitable for such a tag.

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    $\begingroup$ How about just publications? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 3, 2022 at 3:28

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