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Why am I limited to 3 submissions

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  • If you are restricted to three submissions at a time, this is because your submissions usually require editing, and we are very short of editors.
  • Remember that all the editing is done by volunteers. We have no paid staff, and we are swamped with submissions.
  • Reasons your submissions needed editing include:
    • Unclear definition (imprecise thinking)
    • Poor English
    • Sequence was not of general interest or was not appropriate for the OEIS
    • Errors in sequence
    • Badly formatted submission, or not formatted in the OEIS style (see Style Sheet on OEIS Wiki)
    • Links or references not in correct order
    • Sequence was already in OEIS
  • Also:
    • When you give a formula or a comment, please be sure to say whether it is a conjecture (or empirical observation) or a theorem that you can prove
    • Don't argue with the editors!
  • It is strongly recommended that you look at the changes that the editors make, and learn from what they do. It is a very bad idea to repeatedly make the same errors.
  • People who submit perfectly formatted submissions do not have a limit of 3.
  • We don't like having to impose limits, and we would much rather your submissions were perfect!

Further comments from one of the Editors-in-Chief

Before you submit a sequence, it is not enough just to compute the terms, you also have to formulate a concise, precise, easily understandable definition, to motivate it with comments in correct English, and to find related sequences to include as cross-references.

For example, if you wish to submit "powers of 3 without 0", you should to refer to already published sequences such as "powers of 2 with digit 0" or "... without digit 0", also the corresponding exponents, and so on.

If your submission meets all these requirement, it will get published as fast as for anyone else.

But if editors see that there is a lot of work to be done and they don't have the time to do it, then they will probably move on to the next contribution of someone who was willing to invest all this time *prior to* the submission.

The Editors of OEIS are often overwhelmed - remember they do this on a volunteer base - they sacrify their spare time and don't get any money for it. They cannot serve as a "translator" or "ghost writer", to do the work for you.

In any scientific journal, your article will be rejected without being read if it is not well written. In the OEIS we are a little bit more tolerant, but the users have to show that they respect the editors who are not their slaves, and that they are willing to learn from errors which have been corrected previously.