Shellability is a well-known combinatorial criterion on a simplicial complex for verifying that the associated Stanley-Reisner ring k is Cohen-Macaulay. Anotion familiar to commutative algebraists, but which has not received as muchattention from combinatorialists as the Cohen-Macaulay property, is the notion ofa Golod ring. Recently, J¨ollenbeck introduced a criterion on simplicial complexesreminiscent of shellability, called the strong gcd-condition, and he together with theauthor proved that it implies Golodness of the associated Stanley-Reisner ring. Thetwo algebraic notions were earlier tied together by Herzog, Reiner and Welker, whoshowed that if k[∨] is sequentially Cohen-Macaulay, where ∨ is the Alexanderdual of , then k is Golod. In this paper, we present a combinatorial companionof this result, namely that if ∨ is (non-pure) shellable then satisfies the stronggcd-condition. Moreover, we show that all implications just mentioned are strict ingeneral but that they are equivalences if is a flag complex.
2009. Vol. 16, no 2