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Last updated:
06-10-2004

How to submit a paper ?

         (Still under construction. Please send me comments.)

 

  • Paper review process

      Before submitting your first paper, you'd better know what is the process for paper reviewing. Such process, though not perfect, has proven crucial to the healthy development of academia in almost one hundred years, or even longer.

         Task of a referee by A. J. Smith

             Ways to measure your research by Douglas Comer

             Does this system work well ? - A debate about double-submission 

      Also the review process for conferences are somewhat different from that for journals. The best way to learn the difference is to submit your papers.

      Later you may be asked by me or by other researchers to review papers. Here are some advices on how to write review comments (by Maja J. Mataric).   Remember: do not insult any other researchers (by  Douglas Comer)

       To increase the chance of acceptance, you should follow the suggestions on how to write a good paper. Here are some other suggestions specifically for conferences.

              An evaluation of the 9th SOSP submissions by Roy Levin and David D. Redell

              How to increase the chances your paper is accepted at ACM SIGCOMM by Craig Partridge

 

  • Where to submit your paper ?

    You should be familiar with those important conferences and journals in your area. Here are some lists for the networking area (CFP = Call for papers):

                Journal and conference links by me (will be updated regularly)

               CFP list on wireless and mobile network control by Alex Slingerland

               CFP list on networking by Tim Moors

               Where to submit system management papers ? by J.-P. Martin Flatin

       More importantly, as you can see from my Leisure link, one of my recent research interests is "On Location-Aware Conference Paper Submission". To the best of my knowledge, this is the first study that reveals the exact relation between the location and the number of submissions for a conference. It will provide a general guideline for researchers to select conferences to submit papers, as well as for standing committee to decided conference venues.

     Some preliminary results for IEEE INFOCOM (often called IEEE's best networking networking conference, i.e., there exists a better one that is not IEEE's) is here. More results for other conferences will be available soon. Please check my website regularly.


 

  • What if rejected ?

      First, don't worry or feel frustrated. Major conferences or journals usually have an acceptance rate less than 30%, i.e., only one will be accepted out of three (the acceptance rate of some top conferences in networking area is about 10-20%, or 1/10-1/5). Most senior researchers, if not all, also suffer from rejection.

     Here is a  statistics for major conferences in networking area

     Second, revise your paper according to the reviewers' comments, and try another conference or journal. Your paper will be better and better after each round, unless it is totally a junk --- hopefully we can identify this at the very beginning, before you submit it, or even before you choose the research topic).

     

     

 

     

 

 

 

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