On the Road to the
Naissance of a Good
Technical Papers
(in CS & EEE)
Shujun Li
Institute of Image Processing,
Xi’an Jiaotong University,
March, 2002
0. Questions in Naissance
of a Technical Paper
 Select one research area
 Read related textbooks and review papers – How
to Find Them and Get Fulltexts?
 Focus interests on some specific topics
 Re-read review papers and search more review
and original papers to read – How to Find Them
and Get Fulltexts? How to Estimate the
Significance of the found Papers?
 Develop your own ideas, theoretically prove
them (if necessary) and test them by enough
 Write manuscripts with some word processor –
How 2002
to Write Beautiful
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Questions in Naissance of
a Technical Paper
 Submit manuscripts to international
conferences or journals – How to Seek
Instructions for Authors and Call-for-Papers?
How to Avoid Ethical Problems?
 Papers are accepted or rejected – How to
Understand Review Procedure and Returned
 (Maybe) Re-submit rejected (or accepted?)
papers for further publications – How to
Avoid Ethical Problems?
 Papers are published – How to Estimate the
Significance of Your Published Papers?
 Continue to research,
write sequent papers and 3
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submit them for publication – How to Avoid
 Content with “How to”
 How to Know Technical Papers?
 How to Get Fulltext of Technical Papers?
 How to Seek Instructions for Authors of
Journals and Call-for-Paper Notices?
 How to Estimate Journals & Technical
 How to Write Well-Written and WellTypesetted Compuscripts in
 How to Avoid Ethical Problems in
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 How to Understand Review Procedure and
1. How to Know Technical
 Well-known indexing products, such as
EI – Engineering Index, SCIE – Science
Citation Index (SCI) Expanded, etc.
 The search engines provided with the
fulltext databases by publishers, such
as the one contained in IEL – IEEE/IEE
Electronic Library and Elsevier
ScienceDirect, etc.
 The search engines freely provided by
some research institutes and
researchers, such as NEC ResearchIndex,
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How to Know Technical
 The online bibliography databases for
specific research areas, such as The
Collection of Computer Science
Bibliographies, CompuScience WWWDatabase and DBLP Computer Science
 Citation information: a) references
list of obtained papers; b) citation
information of some indexing products,
such as SCIE and NEC ResearchIndex.
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 What I suggest and
Search EI and SCIE using related
keywords, please note EI can merge
similar keywords, such as “chaos” and
“chaotic”, but SCIE cannot.
Select limited important papers, check
their citation trees in SCIE to find
more papers.
Search IEL with related keywords to
find more newly published IEEE
conference papers.
Search NEC ResearchIndex to see the
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significance Shujun
of EI-indexed
 What I suggest and
To make your research more effective,
it is strongly recommended that you go
to know enough background information
about well-known indexing products,
creditable research organizations and
technical publishers, high-quality
journals/international conferences. We
briefly introduce some knowledge about
indexing products here, and about
publishers and organizations here.
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2. How to Get Fulltexts of
Technical Papers?
 Find the papers in the electronic
fulltexts databases available in xjtu,
which include IEL, Elsevier
ScienceDirect, Kluwer Online, NEC
ResearchIndex, IEICE Trans. Series. 
 Rush into lib.xjtu and seek them. 
 Rush into other libraries in Xi’an, such
as the ones of 西电 and 西工大, and
seek them. 
 Rush into 情报咨询室 of lib.xjtu and
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request for 文献传递,
but the fee is
How to Get Fulltexts of
Technical Papers?
 Rush into some libraries in other
cities, such as National Library of
China or Libarary of Tsing Hua Univ. 
 Let others abroad (HK, Singapore, USA
or UK, etc.) to help you: a)  seek
them in electronic fulltexts databases
available in their schools; b)  
rush into their libraries.
To know whether or not your papers
are hold in those libraries, visit
their home pages for confirmation.
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 What I suggest and
Generally, many researchers will place
their electronic versions of their
published papers on their personal home
page. We can use google to find them.
Try to find the contact information of
the authors, then directly contact them
to request electronic or printed papers.
I have got many papers through the
above two perfect ways.
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 What I suggest and
In addition, there still exist many
online resources containing electronic
papers, books and course lectures etc.
We can discover those resources by
search related keywords in google. I
have found some valuable ones in
cryptology: Counterpane Labs Crypto
Bibliography, Crypto-Log, Cryptology pointers,
The Collection of Computer Science
Bibliographies, Unified Computer Science
TR(Technical Reports) Index, Handbook of
Applied Cryptography (Fulltext of a good book).
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 Some useful information
 Most universities in HK and NUS have
bought the following online databases
(part or full): Academic Press, Elsevier
ScienceDirect, The ACM Digital Library,
Springer LINK, Kluwer Online, Wiley
InterScience, World Scientific WorldSciNet,
OSA Optics InfoBase, APS Journals, AIP OJPS,
OUP Journals, CUP Journals, SIAM Journals, AMS
Journals, The Royal Society Journals, Emerald
Journals, JSTOR, ingenta, CatchWorld.  
(For introduction of the above
fulltext databases, click here)
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 Some useful information
 Tisnghua Univ. has bought the following online
databases (not bought by xjtu): JSTOR,
Academic Press, OUP Journals, CUP Journals,
APS Journals, Wiley InterScience, World
Scientific WorldSciNet, Springer LINK “Lecture
Notes xxx” Series  
 The library of Tsinghua Univ. and 兵器工业总公
司21研究所(in Beijing) hold almost all volumes
of Proceedings of SPIE. 
 The libraries of 西电 and 西工大 have some
paper-version journals that cannot found in
lib.xjtu, such as J. Cryptology, Designs,
Codes and Cryptography, Int. J. Bifurcation &
Chaos, Signal Processing: Image Communication.
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 Some Creditable
Research Organizations
IEEE (USA) & IEE (UK) 
IEEE Societies and Councils: Computer
, Signal Processing, Communications,
Information Technology, Engineering in
Medicine and Biology, Circuits and
Systems, Consumer Electronics,
Vehicular Technology, Intelligent
Transportation Systems, Neural Networks,
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
ACM – The Association for Computing
Machinery (USA) 
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 Some Creditable
Research Organizations
IFIP – International Federation of
Information Processing (Austria)
IEICE (Japan) – The Institute of
Electronics, Information &
Communication Engineers 
SPIE – The International Society for
Optical Engineering 
IACR – International Association for
Cryptologic Research
IASTED – The International Association
of Science and
Technology for
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 Some Creditable
Research Organizations
ISOC – Internet Society
APS – American Physics Society(US) 
AIP – American Institute of Physics (US)
IoP – Institute of Physics (UK) 
SIAM – Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (US) 
AMS – American Mathematics Society 
The Royal Society (UK) 
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 Some Creditable
Technical Publishers
IEEE (US) & IEE (UK): IEL 
Elsevier Science (The Netherlands): EI
Inc.’s mother company  ScienceDirect,
mirror 
KAP – Kluwer Academic Publishers (The
Netherlands): Kulwer Online, mirror 
ACM – The Association for Computing
Machinery (US): The ACM Digital Library
Springer (Germany): Springer LINK
AP – Academic Press: IDEAL Library
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 Some Creditable
Technical Publishers
World Scientific: WorldSciNet
AIP – American Institute of Physics: AIP
SPIE : Journals contained in AIP OJPS
APS – American Physics Society: Online
IoP – Institute of Physics (UK) 
OSA – Optical Society of American:
Optical InfoBase
Oxford University Press (UK): OUP
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 Some Creditable
Technical Publishers
SIAM – Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (US): Online
AMS – American Mathematics Society: AMS
Journals Program
The Royal Society (UK): Online
Blackwell Publishers (UK): online
journals contained in ingenta
Cambridge University Press (UK): CJO –
Cambridge Journals
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Emerald (UK): Online Journals Fulltext
 Some Online Databases
for Technical Journals
 JSTOR – Journals STORage: a scholarly journal
archive (with PDF-format papers)
 ingenta: a center of online technical journals
 SwetsnetNavigator (The Netherlands): another
center of online technical journals
 CatchWorld: Similar to the above two
 M/E/O/S: similar to the above two
 ARL DSEJ – ARL (Association of Research
Libraries, US) Directory of Scholarly
Electronic Journals and Academic Discussion
 arXiv.net e-Print archive: Physics /
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3. How to Seek
Instructions for Authors
 Generally speaking, one “good” journal
must have its home page, where you can
find anything what you want about this
journal, including instructions for
 In most cases, the home page of a
journal is incorporated in the web site
of the publisher.
 In many cases, the home page of a
journal is established by the sponsor
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or the edit-in-chief.
 What I suggest and
Many journals publish special issues.
Generally, special issues have
deadlines and the call-for-papers can
also be found in the home pages of the
journals or the sponsors.
Essentially, each volume of some
journals is published as a “special
issue”, or each volume contains papers
of “special focus”. Two examples are
IEEE ISAC – IEEE J. Selected Areas in
Communications, Proceedings of IEEE,
AIP ChaosShujun
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 What I suggest and
Compared with Chinese journals, English
Journals seem to be much more difficult
for most Chinese researchers. But I do
not think so. Consider the following
facts: a) Nothing is impossible, if you
really want to do it; b) If your paper is
really good, it should be accepted by some
reviewers even after some times rejections –
so please submit and submit until you succeed
; c) Once you really enter a research area,
you will find it is not so difficult. d) The
review periods of many English journals are
not so long; e) Even if your paper is rejected,
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the reviewing results may be very valuable.
3’. How to Seek Call-forPaper of International
 Generally speaking, the notice of callfor-paper of a international conference
can be found in the web site of the
sponsor. For example, all information
about IEEE sponsored and co-sponsored
conferences can be found at IEEE site.
 Many international conference series
have its own permanent home pages, such
as IEEE Int. Conf. on Consumer Electronics,
IEEE Computer Security Foundations Workshop,
International Conference on Software
Engineering, etc.
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How to Seek Call-for-Paper
of International
 There are many online search engines
and web pages providing rich
information about forthcoming
international conferences and workshops.
Generally, research organizations,
institutes, researchers, related
companies (such as RSA Security, Inc.
in cryptology) all may run such online
services. The most famous and important
one in CS & EEE is IEEE conference
database. We will give a brief list
services later 26
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(to the best of my knowledge).
How to Seek Call-for-Paper
of International
 The publishers of forthcoming
proceedings may also provide
information about the conferences in
their web sites.
 Generally, many technical journals will
publish call-for-papers about
conferences related with the journals.
 Using google to find more call-forpapers of forthcoming conferences, and
more useful online services about your
research, especially the ones
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?What is the difference between the
following words: conference, symposium
and workshop?
 Conceptually, symposium ≈ conference >
workshop. Many workshops will become
conferences or symposiums after several
successes; some conference will
organize workshops (also called
satellite conferences, such as ICM 2002
– International Congress of Mathematics
2002, Beijing) for some specially
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(to be continued)
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?What is the difference between the
following words: conference, symposium
and workshop?
 (continued) There are still some other
equivalent terms of conference:
congress, meeting (SPIE's Annual
Meeting), convention (Int. Convention
on Multimedia and Hypermedia Systems),
colloquium (Int. Colloquium on Automata,
Languages, and Programming). When you
use keywords to search “conferences” in
the use of
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different words “conferences”.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?International conferences < journals?
 It is not always true at any time.
Consider the following facts: a) many
conference proceedings are published as
special issues of journals; b) many
conferences adopt strict peer-to-peer
review and have low acceptance ratios,
such as ACM CCS’99: 0.19, IEEE S&P’98:
0.16; c) major achievements in some
areas are reported in conferences (not
journals); one example is cryptology
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?International conferences < journals?
 (continued) d) Many researchers only
publish their papers on top “conferences”
and top journals, such as many “good”
researchers in Computer Science (沈向洋
@微软); d’) Many researchers only read
“new” conferences proceedings for recent
progress in their areas and “old”
journals for long-term research. e)
Statistics of NEC ResearchIndex shows
that top conferences play more positive
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?How to judge the significance of an
international conferences?
 The following facts are conceptually
right: a) “conferences” with lower
acceptance are better, such as
SIGRAPH>ICCV; b) “conferences” (not
workshop!) that accept less papers are
generally better, such as
ICCV>CVPR>ICIP; c) peer-to-peer review
>> committee review >> abstract review,
such as LNCS>IEEE>SPIE (not every!);
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(to be continued)
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?How to judge the significance of an
international conferences?
 (continued) d) If a conference is ranked
by NEC ResearchIndex, the higher the
score is, the more significant the
conference MAY be; e) de facto viewpoint
about a conference, please specially
note different criteria exist in
different research areas; for example,
ICIP is a “good” conference for
image/video coding but just a general
for pattern
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computer vision (from 微软).
 Some Online Conference
IEEE Conference Database
Conference Services of IEEE Societies
and Councils: the most important and
useful one is Computer Society
Conference Wire.
ACM Conference Calendar
IFIP Calendar of Events
SPIE Conferences Information
IACR Calendar: The 1st List in
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Cipher Calendar
of Security and
 Some Online Conference
Calendar from UCL Crypto Group (Belgium)
IASTED Conferences
IMA Conferences: IMA – Institute of
Mathematics & its Applications (UK)
sponsors related conferences, such as
Cryptography & Coding and Mathematics
in series conferences.
Springer Notice for Forthcoming
LNCS/LANI Proceedings: LNCS – Lecture
Notes in Computer Science ; LNAI –
Lecture Notes in Artificial
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of LNCS.
4. How to Estimate the
Significance of Journals?
 The significance of a technical journal
can be estimated based on the following
facts: a) Which indexing products index
it, SCI, SCIE or EI? b) If it is
reported by JCR, how about its IF –
Impact FactorTM, Immediacy IndexTM, its
rank and stability? c) If it is
contained in PF – Prestige Factor, how
about its Prestige FactorTM (or Review
FactorTM), Impact-Like Factor,
Publishing IndexTM, rank and stability?
d) Its acceptance
ratio; e) The total 36
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number of published papers per year;
How to Estimate the
Significance of Journals?
 (continued) f) If it is contained in NEC
ResearchIndex, how about its score and
rank? g) The sponsor(s) and founder(s).
Example: JNSNS – Int. J. Nonlinear
Science and Numerical Simulation
founded by Ji-Huan He (何吉欢) at
Shanghai Univ., China in 1999; h) de
facto significance of this journal,
such as J. Cryptology is only indexed
by SCIE but it SHOULD be indexed by SCI
in my opinion; i) Non-uniformity
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different significances in a journal.
 Some useful information
 As the top one (and the only one in the
past 30 years) product about the
estimation of technical journals (and a
small number of conference proceedings
and book series, such as LNCS / LNCIS /
LNM / STMP / TAP, etc.), JCR – Journal
Citation Reports provided by ISI Inc.
yearly has gained its good reputation.
 JCR contains many values, in which the
most important one about the estimation
of a journal is IF – Impact Factor®.
means more
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 Some useful information
 IF=C/A, where A=the number of papers
published in the last two years, C=the
cited times of the above papers in the
current year.
 Another useful value is IX – Immediacy
Index, which reflects the influence of
papers published in current year, and
is calculated with the same formula,
while A, C both represent the number in
the current year.
 An example: Nature in JCR 2000. IF =
2002 + 30512)
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+ 980) ≈ 25.814;
 What I suggest and
Some serious defects still exist in JCR:
a) Review papers will dramatically and
inadequately raise IF and IX of a
journal; b) Considering the reviewing
and publication procedure, IX can only
partially reflect immediacy influence
of a journal; c) Self-citations, which
is made by the same authors and the
same journal, are not eliminated in IF
and IX. d) IF/IX (.%3f) is not enough to
distinguish middle-degree journals,
have close (even 40
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the same) IFs/IXs.
 Some useful information
– Prestige FactorTM
 Now, the monopolization of ISI Inc. has
been history, since a new citationbased product: PF – Prestige FactorTM
has emerged, which is specially
designed to avoid the defects of JCR: a)
More accurate categories; b) Much less
price and more flexible packages; c)
Review papers are separately dealt as a
value called Review IndexTM and only
original papers are used to calculate
Prestige FactorTM; d) The ranges of each
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(to be continued)
 Some useful information
– Prestige FactorTM
 (continued) e) IF and IX in JCR are
replaced by a new combined value
Prestige FactorTM PF=C/A, where A and C
both represent the numbers in the
current year and the last two years; f)
A newly introduced Publishing FactorTM
(about rejection ratio) can be used for
authors to determine which journals
they should submit their manuscripts.
For more details, visit the web site of
the provider PrestigeFactor.com.
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 Some useful information
 SCI/SCIE: no concept of indexing ratio,
all papers (titled with some authors)
in an indexed journal will be indexed.
Such a mechanism is called “cover-tocover” indexing.
 EI: Indexing ratio is its well-known
but rather “useless”(in my opinion)
feature. All papers in an indexed
journal must be “estimated” and then
indexed. Strangely and unreasonably,
for an indexed conference proceedings,
be indexed
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without any selection! (consider ICSP
 Some useful information
 SCI/SCIE: Citation information of each
paper is used to estimate the influence
and significance of the paper and the
related journals (used in JCR). It is
useless that a paper is indexed by
SCI/SCIE, while the non-self cited
number is the final golden standard.
 EI: No any mechanism is adopted to
estimate the significance of EI-indexed
papers. From such a viewpoint, EI even
is worse than NEC ResearchIndex. EI is
a somewhat
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technical papers.
 What I suggest and
Problems with SCI/SCIE: I have found
many references are not correctly
indexed by SCI/SCIE. a) Conference
proceedings and book series are indexed
with a very chaotic way so that many
papers can not be dealt timely (most
papers in LNCS are indexed after 1~3
years later!), which will cause the
citation information about related
papers is dramatically lowered; b) Some
cited papers are discarded because of
destiny of one
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paper cited by my PLA paper)
 Some useful information
–Comparison by SCI(E)
 It must be kept in mind that journals in
different areas cannot be compared at all and
comparing review journals with original
journals by SCI/SCIE is entirely nonsense
since review journals’ IFs >> original journals’
IFs. Generally, we can rank the different
areas as the average IFs: Medicine ≈
Multidisciplinary Science ≈ Biology >
Chemistry > Physics > Mathematics ≈
Electrical & Electronic Engineering ≈
Computer Science. Please note that neither
Nature (25.814, 10th) or Science (23.872, 13th)
is the top one journals in SCI – Annual Review
st , Annual Review of
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Biochemistry: 43.429, 2 , Cell: 32.44, 3
 Some useful information
–Comparison by SCI(E)
 Another fact: although “letters” papers are
generally much shorter and “simpler” than
“papers” papers, the former trend to have
higher cited times than the latter. is It is
the reason that Physical Review Letters (6.462,
8th) is the top one Physics original journal in
JCR 2000 (seven journals with higher IFs are
all review journals), and that Optics Letters
(2.989) is the top one Optics original journal
in JCR 99 (two journals with IFs 4.941, 3.909
are both review journals). Another evidence is:
the most cited paper in the story of science
is a letter-like paper in Journal of Biology
is cited
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(the second is only 59000)!.
 Some useful information
– Chinese Journals in SCI
 Only 14 Chinese journals are indexed by
SCI 2000: Science in China Series A~E (0.309,
0.751, 0.291, 0.475, 0.309, 中国科学A~E辑),
Chinese Science Bulletin (0.414, 科学通报),
Communications in Theoretical Physics (0.302),
Acta Mechanica Sinica (0.575, 力学学报), Acta
Chimica Sinica (0.435, 化学学报), Chinese
Physics Letters (0.638 中国物理快报), Chinese
Journal of Chemistry (0.707 中国化学),
Chemical Journal of Chinese UniversitiesChinese (0.54, 高等学校化学学报), Chinese
Medical Journal (0.107, 中华医学杂志), Acta
Pharmacologica Sinica (0.485, 中国药理学报).
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IFs ofLi,the
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are not high (the largest is 0.751).
 Some useful information
– Chinese Journals in SCIE
 Besides the 14 SCI-indexed journals,
totally 60 (?) Chinese journals are
indexed by SCIE 2000. We will only
enumerate useful ones for our research:
Chinese Journal of Electronics, Journal of
Computer Science and Technology, Journal of
Infrared and Millimeter Waves (0.146, 红外与毫
米波学报), Acta Physica Sinica (0.21, 物理学报
海外版), Chinese Journal of Geophysics-Chinese
Edition (0.097,地球物理学报), Chinese Physics,
Acta Mathematica Sinica-English Series (0.234,
数学学报英文版), Chinese Annals of Mathematics
Series B (0.153), Journal of Computational
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 Some useful information
– Chinese Journals in SCIE
 (continued) Journal of Central South
University of Technology (中南大学学报),
Journal of University of Technology Beijing
(0.118, 北京科技大学学报英文版), Journal of
Wuhan University of Technology-Materials
Science Edition (0.185, 武汉理工大学学报材料科
学版), Biomedical and Environmental Sciences
(0.400), Progress in Biochemistry and
Biophysics (0.077!), Progress in Natural
Science (0.249, 自然科学进展). Most Chinese
journals have no IFs because they have not
been indexed for 3 years. The above journals
are still in the database of SCIE 2002.
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?How to compare SCI, SCIE, EI and PF?
 Generally, it is right that
SCI>SCIE≈PF>EI, but the actual
relationship is much more complicated
than it should be. Because of the lack
of my knowledge, I can only enumerate
several related facts: a) J. Cryptology
is the top one journal in cryptology,
which is only indexed by SCIE, not SCI;
b) Physical Review E is not indexed by
PF! c) EI without conference proceedings
≈ 2002
SCIE (numerically);
d) The coverages 51
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of EI, SCIE, PF are rather different.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?EI-indexed papers = high-quality papers?
 I think the answer should be absolutely
false. The reasons: a) Chinese journals
are often indexed/ceased with nonprofessional reasons, a good example is
西安交通大学学报; b) It is said that
almost all Chinese journals are dealt
by two Chinese! c) Too many conference
proceedings are indexed, such as
Proceedings of SPIE and most IEEE
conference proceedings. d) Many really
are Li,
not indexed,
such as LNCS and Physics Letters A/B.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?IEEE journals = top-quality journals?
 The answer is not always true at any time,
although it is for most IEEE Journals. But
many IEEE Transactions are not the top one
journals in related areas. Here, we can
give some examples, IEEE Trans. Consumer
Electronics, which is ranked 1725th in all
2223 journals indexed by PF 2001; and IEEE
Trans. Broadcasting, ranked 1758th. In
addition, IEEE Signal Processing Letters
is only indexed by SCIE and IEEE Trans.
ITS has not been indexed by either SCI or
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be continued)
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?IEEE journals = top-quality journals?
 (continued) Here, we list most IEEE
related journals (and some others for
comparison) as their ranks in PF (the
value in brackets is the rank in all
2223 journals in PF 2001):
 Nature (1), Science (2), Cell (4), PRL (14),
Trans. MI (166), Chaos (184), Trans. IP (215),
IBM J. Research & Development (237), J. ACM
(247), Trans. PAMI (260), Comm. ACM (325),
Physica D (333), IJCV (342), Personal Comm.
(348), Trans. Visualization & Computer
2002 (377),Shujun
Li, (380),
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?IEEE journals = top-quality journals?
 (continued) Trans. Soft. Eng. (396), Trans.
Biomed. Eng. (417), Trans. Ultras. Ferr. Freq.
(422), IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking (443),
Computer Graphics & Appl. (505), Internet
Computing (514), Network (527), Trans. Comm.
(543), Trans. Compu. (565), Trans. SP (567),
PLA (614), IBM Systems J. (627), Trans. NN
(637), Pattern Recognition (697), Computer
(705), Software (719), Trans. CAS-VT (721),
Intell. System & Appl. (729), Spectrum (747),
Trans. Nucl. Sci. (782), IEE Electronics
Letters (792), Trans. Know. Data. Eng. (817),
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Trans. SA Processing
(to be
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?IEEE journals = top-quality journals?
 (continued) Trans. IT (871), Trans. Parallel
& Distributed Systems (908), Micro (944), SP
Mag. (995), Trans. SMC-C (997), Eng. In
Medicine & Biology Mag. (1002), Trans. VLSI
Systems (1080), Chinese Physics Letters (1085),
Trans. VT (1089), Int. J. Bifurcation & Chaos
(1135), Trans. SMC-B (1137), Trans. CAD-ICS
(1144), Signal Processing (1154), Trans. CAS-I
(1324), Trans. SMC-A (1392), Trans. CAS-II
(1425), Signal Processing Letters (1614),
Chinese Science Bulletin (1663), Trans. CE
(1725), Trans. Broadcasting (1758), Science in
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?What about IEE journals?
 It is widely-acknowledged that IEEE >> IEE. It
is really a truth that the actual influence of
IEE journals are much smaller than the one of
IEEE journals. But IEE still have some highfocused journals, the most important one is
Electronics Letters, whose IF in JCR 2000 is
0.931 and ranked 52th in all EEE journals, and
better than many IEEE journals (such as IEEE
Trans. IT, for more details click here). In
Prestige Factor, Electronics Letters is ranked
792th in all 2223 journals. Here, please note
the papers in Electronics Letters may be not
of Li,its
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
?How to adequately and correctly
understand the roles of SCI(E) and EI
in research?
 Now Chinese scientific community has been in a
undesirable tendency to pursue overestimated
achievements and more published papers,
especially indexed papers by SCI(E) in science
(and also EI in engineering). Many provident
Chinese scholars in China and aboard have
criticized such a problem. A rich number of
discussions about this issue can be found in
New Thread (新语丝), and some reports has been
published in Nature (v 414 n 6861 p 235) and
March, 2002
Science (v 293 Shujun
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How to adequately and correctly understand the
roles of SCI(E) and EI in research?
 (continued) 中国高校排行榜 yearly published by
ISTIC (中国科技信息研究所) has adopted SCI(E)
and EI as practical and statistical tools to
rank good Chinese universities, which further
compel leaders and researchers in universities
to chase “quicker”, “easier”, “safer” and more
self-overestimated publications and
achievements to gain “illusory” reputation. As
the first university using SCI as a
requirement of professor posts, Nanjing Univ.
has made dramatically numerical “success”.
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How to adequately and correctly understand the
roles of SCI(E) and EI in research?
 (continued) Then other famous universities
also “woke”, Tsinghua Univ. has used SCI to
“spur” doctor students. What’s worse, many
ethical problems have arisen and connived,
such as plagiarism (抄袭/剽窃), multisubmissions or multi-publications of papers
(一稿多投), coxcombry (浮夸), fraud behaviors
(学术欺诈, 如假造学历/学术成就及学术界涉及的商
业欺诈行为). In such a non-serious research
air, it has been reported that China’s
technical competition capacity decreases
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technical papers in SCI(E) increase.(to be
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How to adequately and correctly understand the
roles of SCI(E) and EI in research?
 (continued) Apparently, each Chinese
researcher must make his own decision on this
problem. I agree to the following attitude:
SCI(E) and EI are just useful tools for
scientific statistics and technical papers
retrieving, not the only and accurate
measurement to the achievements of one
researchers. In fact, many researchers hold
the similar opinions: 方守贤院士 – “SCI作为唯一标
准会导致功利性走向”, 蔡睿贤院士 – “SCI不应作为唯一
标准”, 中科院评估中心连燕华 – “...SCI 论文只是指标
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教授 – “SCI评估不应当挫伤科技创新积极性”.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? Are there a real standard to estimate papers?
 I think the answer is negative and SHOULD be
negative. Now, SCI(E) and JCR are the best
tools but are not enough to fulfill such a
difficult and complicated task. In fact, the
actual influence and acknowledgement of a
paper in scientific community is a better tool
than SCI. That is to say, if most researchers
say “OK”, then it MAY be really OK.
Unfortunately, sometimes the scientific
community may make mistakes, we will tell some
stories about such misfortunes of many perfect
papers later. If such misfortunes happen to
do not be Shujun
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to struggle and go ahead!
5. How to Write “Good”
 There are several requirements of a
really good paper: well-written and
easily-understood technical English,
meticulous and clear description,
delicate experiments and/or simulations.
Besides the above all, there is still
another two desirable features: welltypesetted and well-formatted style,
and easily-exchanged electronic file
 What is “compuscript”? It means the
manuscript when we63
use digital computer to prepare the
How to Write “Beautiful”
 Here, I will only focus my attention on
the two additional features: how to
write beautiful and easily-exchanged
compuscripts? The answer is TeX, a
really scientific typesetting system
and widely-used in international
scientific community for over 20 years.
Almost all scientific publishers have
adopted LaTeX as the chief tool to make
beautiful journals and technical books,
and many technical journals can only
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? Microsoft Word is rather good and easy, why I
have to study a new difficult typesetting
 Consider the following facts about Word: a) Do
you still remember the terrible error of “磁盘
已满,无法保存当前文件”?   b) When you
edit a .doc file for several hours, suddenly
the computer is “dead”, then … c) When you
want to change the sizes of all equations in
your .doc file, then … d) Can you insert Z F
into your equations? e) Assume one paper of
yours contains 100 references, when you
delete/add one into the reference list, what
you do forShujun
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about the space between neighbor lines
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? What on earth is TeX? What is the different of
TeX, LaTeX, LaTeX2ε and MiKTeX?
 TeX is a typesetting system developed by
Donald E. Knuth in 1978. It is “intended for
the creation of beautiful books — and
especially for books that contain a lot of
mathematics”. The name of TeX is derived from
a greek word root τεχ, which means
“technology” and “art”. τεχ also implies
that TeX is specially designed for beautiful
mathematics. To control TeX, some macro
commands are needed, LaTeX is the most popular
macro commands set, and LaTeX2 ε is the
of LaTeX,
MiKTeX is a software 66
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system of LaTeX under Windows plaoform.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How is LaTex named? How to pronounce TeX,
LaTeX and LaTeX2ε? Is TeX is difficult?
 The developer of LaTeX is Leslie Lamport, so
this macro commands set is named with the
first two characters of his name. TeX should
be pronounced as “tek”, not “teks”. LaTeX can
be pronounced as “lei’tek” or “la:’tek” and
LaTeX2ε can be pronounced as “LaTeX-two-ee”.
Generally speaking, you cannot master TeX in
only one afternoon and you have to study many
other new things, such as a the use of a lot
of additional macro packages, and background
knowledge about PDF, PostScript. You must be
patient inShujun
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to a TeXer.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? What are the merits of TeX / LaTeX?
 a) TeX can solve all problems of Word abovementioned. b) The source files (.tex) of LaTeX
are independent of the platform on which the
TeX system runs, i.e., you can bring your .tex
file from a PC to a Mactonish and compile to
the same output. c) TeX and all additional
macro packages to enhance it are FREE, just
like Linux. d) TeX is a open systems and can
be extended and re-configured (unfortunately,
such a task is not so easy compared with using
TeX); e) It is much easier to generate
beautiful .PDF and .PS files using TeX / LaTeX;
f) TeX
can be a Shujun
interests and
happiness once you find its charm.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? What are the defects of TeX / LaTeX?
 Of course, there is no really perfect thing in
this world. a) Opening and re-configuration of
TeX make the whole system much more
complicated to master for a starter; b) It is
difficult to essentially avoid the
compatibility problem; almost all packages
cannot be used together with some other
specific packages; c) The debugging of .tex
file needs rich knowledge and experiences on
using TeX / LaTeX, so it is important for a
TeX-starter to seek helps from TeXGuru (=
TeXpert – TeX专家) and online TeX-resources. d)
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very satisfactory up to now. e) TeX is not
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How about the Chinese solutions of TeX / LaTeX?
 Now, there are two Chinese solutions of TeX /
LaTeX: CCT and CJK. CCT is developed by 张林波
at Chinese Academy of Sciences, and CJK is
developed by Werner Lemberg at Germany. CCT is
somewhat old and CJK is a later solution. CCT
uses lattice fonts and CJK can use any fonts
available for TeX.
 Just before the New Year of 2001, CTeX2.0中文
套装, a incorporated Chinese LaTeX system
containing MiKTeX2.0 + CCT + CJK + WinEdt, was
released by aloft and eggs. Now CTeX has been
de facto standard Chinese solution of TeX /
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by TeXers in Chinese70
scientific community.
 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? Which other softwares are required for CTeX?
 a) MiKTeX2.0 update 1 has been contained in
CTeX2.0, but MiKTeX 2.1 has released and many
packages have been updated (such as hyperref).
b) Ghostscript 6.5 and GSview 3.6 have been
contained in CTeX2.0, but the new versions
have been released (Ghostscript 7.04 and
GSview 4.2). c) PDF-supported softwares should
be installed, such as Acrobat, Jaws ToPDF
(original 5D PDF). d) EPS-supported or TeXbased drawing softwares should be installed,
such as Visio, SmartDraw and LaTeXCAD. e)
WinEdt 5.2 b20001213 has been in CTeX2.0, but
been released.
20025.3 b20020317
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 Questions and Answers –
My Opinions
? How can I start to learn LaTeX?
 Two fundamental books: LaTeX2e使用手册 by
TeXGuru and LaTeX2e插图指南 by 王磊.
 Some useful online sites in China: CTeX,
TeXGuru, TeXHome, Matlab大观园, LaTeX Users,
CTAN mirror.
 Some TeXperts in China: 东北大学 – 薛定宇教授,
刘会立教授, 钟圣俊老师; Oxen, 何强(energy),
jinhetao. (Many TeXperts are aboard now –
aloft, eggs, 王磊)
 Some useful web sites abroad: CTAN – The
Comprehensive TeX Archive Network, The TeX
Catalogue Online,
TeX Users Group, LaTeX3
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Project, MiKTeX Project, Ghostscript,
6. How to Avoid Ethical
 What is professional ethics? In western
scientific community, there exists
strict (de facto) criteria in different
specific research areas. Almost all
universities and research organizations
have their own Codes of Ethics to
direct the behaviors of their members.
For example, IEEE has its committee on
 Generally, there are three chief
ethical problems: frauds (欺诈),
Shujun Li,duplicate
simultaneous submissions (一稿多发, 一
How to Avoid Ethical
 There are four basic considerations in
technical ethics: honesty, justice,
respect for others’ works and copyrights
held by others. Because of the lack of
clear awareness on ethics issues,
sometimes you may offend technical
ethics without knowing its importance.
But please keep in mind that only one
unintentional violation may smash your
previous efforts for many years. Of
course, any intentional unethical
are Shujun
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criticized and punished.
 Chief References
[1] Harold S. Stone, “Copyrights and Author
Responsibilities,” (IEEE) Computer, vol. 25,
no. 12, pp. 46-51, Dec. 1992
[2] Herbert Michaelson, “How An Author Can Avoid
the Pitfalls of Practical Ethics,” IEEE Trans.
Professional Communication, vol. 33, no. 2, pp.
58-61 , June 1990
[3] Alan Jay Smith, “The Task of the Referee,”
(IEEE) Computer, vol. 23, no. 4, 1990
[4] Lori Allen and Dan Voss, “Ethics for editors
- an analytical decision-making process,” IEEE
Trans. Professional Communication, vol. 41, no.
1, pp. 58-65, 1998
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 Frauds
 In fact, many unethical conducts can be
considered as frauds, such as
plagiarism. The word “fraud” indicates
one’s dishonesty in technical behaviors.
Some typical frauds in papers are: to
hide defects and limitations, to
withhold contradictory information, to
avoid commitments to accuracy or
reliability, faked data, to mislead
readers by specious evidences,
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reference unavailable to readers), etc.
 Frauds
 In other professional activities, many
other kinds of frauds exist. Here, we
only give three examples: a) 伪造学历-
新浪吴征杨澜事件; b) 学者涉及商业欺诈-
珍奥核酸营养品事件; c) “海归”假造学术经
历-陈晓宁“基因皇后” 、南开大学杨池明、
d) 不正常的学术“争议” (上海大学事件).
More reports about technical Ethics in
China can be found at New Thread (新语
丝). I think every honest researcher
be worried
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 Plagiarism
 What is plagiarism? Apparently, when
one copies others’ texts into his own
papers without explicit quotation marks
and indicating the references, he is a
plagiarist. There exists another one
type: self-plagiarism, which is often
neglected by many researchers. Here, we
quote Herbert Michaelson’s saying
[2]: ”It is legitimate, of course, to prepare
a second paper based on your first one if you
add significantly new data and modify the
conclusions. But simply regurgitating your old
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without proper
 Duplicate or
Simultaneous Submissions
 In China, the most serious problem on
technical ethics is the “prevalence” of
duplicate and simultaneous submissions.
Duplicate submissions can be considered as
a special case of self-plagiarism, and may
violate the copyrights held by previous
publishers and journals. Simultaneous
submissions are generally unethical
because of the following facts: a) related
journals’ office MUST be explicitly
informed the fact of simultaneous
submitting; b) the works of
be wasted; c) the 79
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prolonged list of publications can be used
 Simultaneous
 There are many different unethical
conducts about simultaneous submissions:
a) submissions to two journals; b)
submissions to two conferences; c) one
submission to a journal and another to
a conference; d) submissions with
different languages. Please note that
simultaneous submissions may be ethical
if all related journals and conferences
all permit such a behavior and the
editors and conference organizers are
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 Duplicate Submissions
 There are many different unethical
conducts about duplicate submissions: a)
re-publishing journal papers; b) republishing conference papers; c) republishing of conference papers in
journals; d) re-publishing papers with
different language. Similarly, please
note that duplicate submissions may be
ethical if all related journals and
conferences permit such a behavior and
the editors and conference organizers
informed Shujun
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hold the right of first publication)
How to Submit Papers?
 Some useful suggestions: a) carefully
reading instructions for authors of
journals and the call-for-papers of
conference to confirm whether or not
simultaneous and/or duplicate
submissions are permitted; b) carefully
reading the copyright transfer forms
before your papers are published to
confirm the rights, responsibilities of
yours; c) contact the journal offices,
conference sponsors and/or publishers
more questions
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ethical problems.
How to Re-Submit
Conference Papers to
most cases, submitting a conference
 In
paper to journal without any
modifications are unethical. Then how
to do so ethically? In Harold S. Stone’s
IEEE paper [1], a general procedure is
given: a) the conference paper should
be extended or enlarged in some fashion;
b) the journal paper should cite the
conference paper as the source of the
idea; c) the verbatim texts of the
conference paper should be delineated;
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at the time of submission.
 Some Useful Information
 IEEE do not allow re-publication of
IEEE conference papers without
essential modifications. Electronic
fulltext is permitted in personal home
pages if IEEE copyright notice is
posted. Non-commercial use and
distribution is permitted.
 Proceedings of SPIE do not allow republication of SPIE conference papers
without essential modifications. Noncommercial use and distribution is
copy on internet
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controlled by authors is acceptable.
 Some Useful Information
 Physics Letters A of Elsevier do not
allow re-publication anywhere. Preprint
copy on internet is permitted with
claiming the copyright held by Elsevier.
Non-commercial use and distribution is
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science of
Springer-Verlag do not allow republication anywhere. Non-commercial
use and distribution is acceptable.
Abstract on internet is available, but
Li, IPC-xjtushould be
posted one year later after the
 Cases Studies –
已被IEEE Signal Processing Society处理,
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 Cases Studies –
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 Cases Studies –
A Withdrawn Notice from Molecules: It
has come to our attention that due to an error
in the submission of manuscripts, a paper by
Parish et al., (Molecules 2000, 5, 114-117)
had already appeared in print elsewhere (Org.
Prep. Proced. Int. 1999, 31, 702-704) and thus
did not meet the conditions of not having been
published elsewhere and not having been
submitted for publication in other journals.
Consequently, the Editorial Team of Molecules
has decided to declare this paper "Withdrawn".
The authors and the editors wish to apologize
for any confusion this may have caused.
Managing Editor,
March, 2002Dr. Derek
Li, ,
 Cases Studies –
A Case from Angewandte Chemie
International Edition: The Communication
by G. M. Whitesides and co-workers in Issue
12, 2001, pp. 2316 - 2320 should have
referenced a paper that was published at
approximately the same time and contained
some of the same experimental data: R. E.
Holmlin, R. Haag, M. L. Chabinyc, R. F.
Ismagilov, A. E. Cohen, A. Terfort, M. A.
Rampi, G. M. Whitesides, J. Am. Chem. Soc.
2001, 123, 5075 - 5085 (Electron Transport
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Assembled Monolayers).
(to be
 Cases Studies –
 (continued) This full paper gives the
details of the largest part of the
experimental work communicated in
Angewandte Chemie. Omission of this
reference gave the impression of
"duplicate publication", for which the
authors apologize to both journals. The
acknowledgement should also have listed
the affiliation of Dr. Andreas Terfort as
the Institute for Inorganic and Applied
Chemistry, University of Hamburg, Germany.
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Note: The following case is from
Harold S. Stone’s IEEE paper [1].
Prof. B. C. Dee, a former student of
Prof. P. S. Cript, submitted a paper
whose introduction was taken verbatim
from a conference paper published by
Dee and Cript without indication of the
material's source, and consequently, no
permission notice of the copyright
owner for such reproduction.
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7. How to Understand
Review Procedure and
 There are three basic review methods:
peer-to-peer review, committee review,
and abstract review. Peer-to-peer
review is widely adopted by almost all
technical journals and many highquality conferences (such as most
conferences in cryptology).Committee
review is generally used by “big”
conferences to avoid heavy burden of
reviewing. Abstract review is used by
some conferences, such as SPIE
IEEE conferences
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to enable rapid publications of new
 Chief References
[1] Juan Miguel Campanario, “Consolation
for the Scientists: Sometimes it is
Hard to Publish Papers that are Later
Highly-Cited,” Social Studies of Science,
vol. 23, pp. 342-362, 1993
[2] Alan Jay Smith, “The Task of the
Referee,” (IEEE) Computer, vol. 23, no.
4, 1990
[3] Stephen Cole, Making Science –
Between Nature and Society, Harvard
University Press, 1995 (中文版: 科学的
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 Positive Part of Review
 Generally, review procedure is
necessary to avoid publishing garbage
and wasting papers and readers’ eyes. It
has been widely-acknowledged as a
useful tool for the editors and
conference chairs to decide whether or
not publish a manuscript. For more
positive discussions about review
procedure, please see Smith’s paper [2].
On the other hand, review procedure has
many serious defects and been
injustice hides in the kernel of the
 Negative Part of Review
 Not everyone can be a qualified and
responsible referee. In today’s scientific
community, many referees do not satisfy
the basic requirements. In [2], Smith said
“a referee … must have a middle-of-theroad view—you must be able to distinguish
good from bad work, major from minor
research, and positive from negative
contributions to the literature. A referee
who always says ‘yes’ or always says ‘no’ is
not helpful.”
 Different opinions in a specific research
may lead Shujun
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results (in [3], it is called “共识缺乏”).
 Negative Part of Review
 Ethics problems existing in referees
and editors also make the review
procedure trend to less reliable and
 Slow review procedure may impede the
timely publications of really good
 High rejection ratio of for many
technical journals (theoretically means
high quality of manuscripts) is an
important issue that must be considered
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make the
 Review = Tossing a Coin
or even Reversing the
In Campanario’s paper [1], many
interesting opinions and facts about
peer review system are described.
 Jean Wilson found that 85% of papers
rejected by Journal of Clinical
Investigation (50th in JCR 2000) were
subsequently published elsewhere.
 For some psychological research papers,
Gottfredson found that only low to
moderate correlations exist between the
reviewers’ ratings and the number of
citations of there papers in the first 9
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years after publications.
 Review = Tossing a Coin
or even Reversing the
 “A study of the most cited manuscripts
in chemistry indicates that graded
referee judgments were negatively
correlated with later judgments of
merits, as measured by citations. Those
manuscripts that later received the
most citations also received more
critical reviews and required more
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review system as part of a general
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or even Reversing the
 William Goffman, editor of The New England
Journal of Medicine (5th), found that “the
possibility of two different referees
agreeing was only slightly better than
 Cicchetti has reviewed some studies on the
reliability of peer review of manuscripts
and found that there is much more
agreement on rejection than on acceptance.
 Medical editor David F. Horrobin also
accuses the peer review system of impeding
the publication of innovative ideas, and
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he illustrates
his accusations
with a set 99
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or even Reversing the
 “Peters and Ceci resubmitted twelve
psychology articles to the journals
that has originally published them. The
original papers had been published by
prestigious authors from important
departments, but in this instance the
names and affiliations were altered.
Only three of the resubmissions were
detected, eight were rejected and one
was accepted.”
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 Review = Tossing a Coin
or even Reversing the
 The most serious against the peer
review system is made by Redner, “who
affirms that one of the roles of
journals almost appears to be to sift
out and reject really original
contributions. Stephen Lock, editor of
the British Medical Journal (196th),
also thinks that peer review ‘favors
unadventurous nibblings at the margin
of truth rather than quantum leaps’.”
However, the originality of papers and
of claims
the alleged
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criteria of accepted submissions.
 Some Cases of
Rejections of Good Papers
In [1], total 16 cases are given, we
select several most typical ones as
2. “A highly-cited paper by Raymond P. Ahlquist
on adrenotropic receptors (促肾上腺受体),
published in the American Journal of
Physiology, was originally rejected by the
Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics. As Ahlquist has recognized, his
paper was finally published in part due to his
friendship with the physiologist W. F.
Hamilton. Scientists ignored his paper for
five years. As of 1958 the citations began to
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grow, and the paper
has continued to receive 102
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Rejections of Good Papers
3. “Another surprising instance is a letter to
the editor by Sen-itiroh Hakomori which has
been cited more than 3200 times—one of the
most-cited papers of all times. The paper was
first submitted to the Journal of Biochemistry
(Toyko) but received strong criticism from a
pre-print reviewer. Hakomori withdraw it, but
a colleague advised him to resubmit the
manuscript; it was finally published as a
7. One paper of Waterston on a new molecular
theory of gases is rejected by a Royal Society
referee who said “the paper is nothing but
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Rejections of Good Papers
10. “In 1943, David Nachmansohn and A. L. Machado
were the first researchers to observe the
enzymic acetylation (酶的乙酰化) … However,
Science, Journal of Biological Chemistry and
Proceedings of the Society of Experimental and
Biological Medicine all refused to publish a
paper reporting this crucial finding.”
11. One paper of Peters & Ceci was rejected by
Science, then by American Psychologist , after
a long delay. Submission was encouraged by the
editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and,
after major revisions, was accepted for
publication. This paper has been cited over
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Rejections of Good Papers
13. “W. Neal Burnette discovered a method whereby
specific antigens (抗原) can be distinguished
in a complex protein mixture. He submitted a
manuscript to Analytical Biochemistry, but
reviewers rejected the paper. As Burnette
tells us, ‘the few pre-prints sent to
colleagues seemed to have undergone
logarithmic Xerox multiplication’. He began
receiving phone calls from researchers unable
to read the umpteenth photocopied generation
of the pre-print. Finally, Analytical
Biochemistry agreed to publish the paper; it
appeared in 1981, and has been cited in more
3810 publications.”
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 Some Cases of
Rejections of Good Papers
14. “The law of the conservation of energy (the
first law of thermodynamics) was reported by J.
R. Mayer in 1842. Mayer’s paper was rejected by
the leading physics journal Annalen der Physik,
and was eventually published in a relatively
obscure chemical journal. According to Ziman,
the paper was almost entirely ignored by
physicists and, possibly as a result of this,
Mayer suffered a mental breakdown from which
he never recovered.”
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 Some Cases of
Rejections of Good Papers
16. The most cited paper in the story of science
is that by Oliver H. Lowry, … and R. J.
Randall on protein measurement with the Folin
phenol reagent (福林苯酚试剂). This paper has
been cited more than 187,000 times(!); the
next one only scores 59,000. “Lowry’s paper was
not rejected but, in an autobiographical
account, Lowry recalls that, after its first
submission to the Journal of Biological
Chemistry, it was returned by the editors for
drastic shortening. According to Lowry, ‘this
shortening may have improved the paper, but
forced us to omit some details that perhaps
have lessened
plethora of papers by107
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others describing improvements and
 How should we do?
 If your papers are rejected by journals, do
not discouraged, carefully read the comments
from reviewers and improve your papers. If you
think the comments are unreasonable, just
resubmit them to other journals!! If your
papers are again rejected by sequent journals,
you should check you papers more carefully and
determine whether or not you should submit
your papers for more times. If you still think
you are right, just re-resubmit them!!!
(consider D. Nachmansohn & A. L. Machado’s
paper!) Of course, it will be helpful to
discuss with more other researchers and
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success of W. N. Burnette!)
 My Research Mottos
 Honesty: 1st property of a person!
 Enthusiasm: Love what you are doing!
 Diligence: No pains, no gains! Accumulation of
rich knowledge and experience is the only base of
 Modesty: Everybody is your teacher, just thinking
and asking, and then again!
 Squareness: Mistakes always follow you! Try to
criticize your ideas and find the solutions! Check
your manuscripts again and again!
 Self-Confidence: You MAY succeed finally!
 Patience: No real success comes so quickly except
that you are a REAL genius!
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 My Research Mottos
 Realism: You cannot solve everything! You should
do anything on the ground, not in the sky!
 Skepticism: DO not just echo others’ words! Even
the great scientist may make mistakes!
 Righteousness: Just do the right and hate evil!
 Dabbling: Absorb more knowledge about science
(physics, cosmology, mathematics, biology,
medicine, zoology & botany, etc.) and social
science (history, religion research, archeology,
arts, and so on). To do so, reading MyScience
frequently and more really good popular science
books may be helpful. The story about the
discovery of DNS’ structure is a good example of
the benefit from rich knowledge and interests in
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different research
Thanks for
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On the Road to the Naissance of a Good Technical Papers