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Publication strategies. Carlo Ghezzi Politecnico di Milano, Italy carlo.ghezzi@polimi.it. Outline: why not follow SE best practices?. Stakeholders and goals Who set the goals? What are the goals to achieve? Requirements Operationalization of goals in a desirable process Implementation

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publication strategies

Publication strategies

Carlo Ghezzi

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

carlo.ghezzi@polimi.it

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outline why not follow se best practices
Outline: why not follow SE best practices?
  • Stakeholders and goals
    • Who set the goals?
    • What are the goals to achieve?
  • Requirements
    • Operationalization of goals in a desirable process
  • Implementation
    • Your job

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how to evaluate people based on publications
How to evaluate people based on publications?
  • (Of course, publications are not the only criterion to be considered)
  • Quality vs. quantity metrics
    • Easier to evaluate quantity than quality!
    • But quantity is self-referential, it does not lead to the ultimate goals
    • Quality evaluated by
      • In-depth scrutiny
        • Reviewers, interested peers
      • Default rating based on the publication venue

Publication strategy

is important here

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the role of publication venues
The role of publication venues
  • Your work must be good … but it gets the attention it deserves if the publication venue has a good reputation
    • archival journal
    • flagship conference
    • specialized workshop where the main experts meet

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domain knowledge 1
Domain knowledge (1)
  • Each area has its top archival journals and other less prestigious , perhaps more specific, journals and magazines
  • Each area has its top conferences and more focused symposia/workshops
  • Conferences, symposia, workshops are venues where you can meet your peers and where you become part of the community

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domain knowledge 2
Domain knowledge (2)
  • Conferences/symposia/workshops require shorter papers than journals
  • They accept "less complete", "less mature" results
  • They have shorter (and predictable) turnaround time

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requirements for a strategy
Requirements for a strategy
  • Clearly understand scopes of different publication venues
  • Aim at covering both journals and conferences/symposia/workshops
  • Follow an incremental publication strategy for your work
    • early notification of your work
    • early feedback
      • start with workshop papers, as a way for you enter the field
      • significant intermediate results appear in the major conferences of the field
      • complete research, from conception to evaluation, appears in journal papers

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constraints
Constraints
  • Never republish the same material
    • Make sure that each time you have a significant amount of material to add
      • typically a journal requires 20-30% new material that wasn't in the originating conference paper(s)
        • later comments on "ethical issues"
  • Avoid the LPU ("least publishable unit") syndrome

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the peer review process
The peer review process

paper

submission

paper to

reviewers

reviews collected

decision made

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more on peer reviews 1
More on peer reviews (1)
  • Peer reviews aim at assuring quality
  • Quality depends on venue -> different thresholds
    • carefully read the requirements specified in the journal/conference web site and comply with them
      • satisfy time constraints/formatting/length…

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more on peer reviews 2
More on peer reviews (2)
  • Peer reviewers do a voluntary job
    • help them to help you
      • don't give them an easy way to reject your work, submit your best (final) version
    • provide them useful feedback (only possible for journals)
      • accompanying letter for resubmissions

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implementation

Implementation

Build your publication portfolio

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my biased suggested selected targets for se
ACM/IEEE top journals

Other SE journals

Top flagship conferences

Specialized conferences

Workshops

ASE, SP&E,

SCP, SPIP, JSS

JSM, REJ, ESE,

IEE Proc. Sw.

ICSE

ESEC/FSE

TOSEM

TSE

ISSTA

RE

SM

Often attached

to conferences

My biased suggested (selected) targets for SE

JACM

TOPLAS

TC …

OOPSLA,

POPL …

IEEE Sw

IEEE Computer

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writing style pills audience
Writing style pills: audience
  • Each venue has a reference audience, and you write for an audience
    • Target themes may differ
      • Emphasis on theory/principles vs. tools/empirical studies
    • Journal/conference

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writing style pills structure
Writing style pills: structure
  • Title and abstract
    • short and informative
  • Introduction
    • the problem, the current status, the proposed solution, the outline
  • State of the art
    • be fair and complete, go back to sources
      • there is more than the web and wikipedia!
  • The proposed solution
  • Comparison with competing approaches
  • Limitations and future work

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writing style pills details
Writing style pills: "details"
  • Get rid of grammatical errors and spelling errors
    • ask a native language friend for help
    • spell check!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Make figures readable
  • Comply with font size and page limit requirements

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personal recommendations 1
Personal recommendations (1)
  • Find your way through the publication jungle
  • Favor established venues with high reputation and strong records over "easier" targets
  • Aim at top journals but get there in a stepwise manner via conferences

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personal recommendations 2
Personal recommendations (2)
  • Don't be frustrated by rejections
    • good ideas and good work are a necessary but not sufficient precondition for an acceptable paper
  • Don't be obsessed by publication
    • be confident in what you are doing
    • the purpose of publication IS NOT species selection
  • Strictly adhere to the ethical code

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ethical code 1
Ethical code (1)
  • The ends don't justify the means
    • NO double submissions
      • Corollary
        • Do not submit to a journal until the conference paper that subsumes the journal paper is presented
          • Ask for permission if you wish to submit prior to presentation
    • NEVER report data/facts that are unsubstantiated
    • NEVER report as yours work done by others

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ethical code 2
Ethical code (2)
  • You do not live in isolation
    • There is no justification for ignoring previous work and history of the field
    • Give proper credits to previous and contextual work
      • but then when you are a referee, don't reject a paper simply because it did not refer to one of your minor papers…

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ethical code 3
Ethical code (3)
  • Take reviews seriously
    • Peer reviews are fundamental to improve scientific work
  • Help the community as a reviewer
    • You may say no, but more often you should say yes

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