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  1. 1. How to publish good papersEstrategias para aumentar la calidad y el impacto de las publicaciones científicas Dr. Diego Gutierrez Associate Professor Universidad de Zaragoza Diego Gutiérrez
  2. 2. Associate professor (profesor titular)Graphics and Imaging Lab: Computer Graphics Computational Photography Applied PerceptionDifferent fields do have different idiosyncrasies! Diego Gutiérrez
  3. 3. As an editorAssociate editor: ACM Transactions on Applied Perception IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications Computers and Graphics Diego Gutiérrez
  4. 4. As a reviewer Diego Gutiérrez
  5. 5. As an author31 revistas indexadas en el JCR 5 de ellas en ACM Transactions on Graphics, 1/82, I.F.: 4.160 congresos internacionales con revisión15 ponencias invitadas en congresos (9 internacionales)4 guest editorials de revistas de JCR9 revistas no indexadas18 congresos nacionales con revisión6 capítulos de libro Diego Gutiérrez
  6. 6. As an editor…The Editor in Chief (or similar position or panel) assignsyou a paper based on your expertiseYou can desk-reject it (never done it): Out of scope Double submissionYou have a few days to find 2..4 suitable reviewers An expert in the field. At least knowledgeableenough Not conflicted! Diego Gutiérrez
  7. 7. As an editor…Sometimes it seems impossible… Super-senior people are more likely to declineKnow your colleagues… and their students!Shake it up: Avoid too many from the same institution orline of thought. Certainly no more than two at most! Diego Gutiérrez
  8. 8. As an editor…10 Wait for reviews20 Remind late reviewers30 Wait for late reviews40 Remind again late reviewers50 Goto 10Plan B needed? Think ahead! Don’t give up Diego Gutiérrez
  9. 9. As an editor…Once reviews are in: Read them. Make sure there are no issues: Unpoliteness Clear conflict of interest Plain wrongCareful: plain wrong means plain wrong. It doesn’t meanthat you don’t agree! Diego Gutiérrez
  10. 10. As an editor…Your opinion on the paper does not count in generalYou simply make a decision based on the reviewsIf conflicting reviews, either assign extra reviewer ordecide yourself Diego Gutiérrez
  11. 11. As an editor…Make the decision and write a summary review: Accept as is (very rarely) Accept with minor revisions Major revisions RejectBe respectful in your reviews. The authors workedhard……but don’t sugar-coat it You’re not helping them! Diego Gutiérrez
  12. 12. Back to bussiness: How to publish good papers Diego Gutiérrez
  13. 13. Take home message Work Diego Gutiérrez
  14. 14. Take home messageWork well Diego Gutiérrez
  15. 15. Any questions? Diego Gutiérrez
  16. 16. As an author…Good papers come only after good workThe goal is to communicate ideas, not just to create themFlawed communication (write-up) is a legit argument toreject a paper: Live with it Learn from it Diego Gutiérrez
  17. 17. As an author…Good papers come only after good workThe goal is to communicate ideas, not just to create themFlawed communication (write-up) is a legit argument toreject a paper: Live with it Learn from itSo, how to get your point across? Diego Gutiérrez
  18. 18. As an author…Have a point to get across! Diego Gutiérrez
  19. 19. As an author… Diego Gutiérrez
  20. 20. As an author… Your work Diego Gutiérrez
  21. 21. As an author… What ends up in the paper Your work Diego Gutiérrez
  22. 22. Choose your message. Tell a story Diego Gutiérrez
  23. 23. As an author…Disclaimer: from here on I’m assuming that the work isgood to begin withDon’t bother to try to write a good paper with not-so-goodwork There’s plenty of not-so-good places to publishthose!Sometimes excellent work leads to disappointing results: Oh well Diego Gutiérrez
  24. 24. As an author…Find the right pitch!Writing a paper is not a linear process. Sometimes you’llchange its spin halfway through Not ideal, but it happensIt’s a little like writing a good script You have to have good material to begin with But you also have to string it together nicely Diego Gutiérrez
  25. 25. As an author…Assume the reviewers (then the readers) don’t know asmuch as you do.Find your main contributions Sometimes it hurts to leave stuff out. Suck it upOrganize them properly (find the story!) Diego Gutiérrez
  26. 26. As an author…Let’s assume: Abstract Introduction Previous work Technical content Results Conclusions and future work Diego Gutiérrez
  27. 27. AbstractThe abstract is crucialIt’s used by editors and program chairs to find the rightreviewersAnd you do want the right reviewersShort, and to the point.The paper should be understood without the abstractRedundancy allowed (expected) Diego Gutiérrez
  28. 28. IntroductionThe introduction is crucial(So are the results and the figures)The mainstream reviewing process: Read the abstract (this sounds interesting…) Jump to the results (wow, nice results!) Skim through the figures (ah, so this is how it’s done) Read the intro (I want to accept this!)Most of the times, you’ll write intro and abstract last. Diego Gutiérrez
  29. 29. Introduction About XX% of the decisions are made after reading the intro11 Sorry, you’ll need to be in this room to hear the figure Diego Gutiérrez
  30. 30. IntroductionMotivation of the problem (no grandmothering!) Why is it important? Why is it difficult?High-level description of your approachWhat are the alternatives? Why is yours different/better?What is your silver bullet? Diego Gutiérrez
  31. 31. IntroductionDon’t oversell!You may want to explicitly summarize your contributions atthe endMost of the times, you’ll write the intro last.At the end of the intro, the reader knows the problem andits solution Diego Gutiérrez
  32. 32. IntroductionCan you tease the readers a little? Diego Gutiérrez
  33. 33. Previous workIs not a grocery list! Organize the work in categories Select the most relevant (OK to reference off to asurvey) Briefly state how yours is different Avoid direct confrontation. Be positive… …but not too much. Your work may be seen asincremental Diego Gutiérrez
  34. 34. Previous workDon’t summarize the whole field You can’t!Position your paper Diego Gutiérrez
  35. 35. Previous workDon’t summarize the whole field You can’t!Position your paper Previous work Diego Gutiérrez
  36. 36. Previous workDon’t summarize the whole field You can’t!Position your paper Your paper Previous work Diego Gutiérrez
  37. 37. Previous workDon’t summarize the whole field You can’t!Position your paperReader knows how different methods relate to yours Diego Gutiérrez
  38. 38. On to the technical content!One technical section for each contribution You have already weeded those outBegin with a brief, high-level overview Not a table of contents! Maybe a figure summarizing the whole thingIt may become its own section right after the Previous Work Diego Gutiérrez
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  40. 40. On to the technical content! Explain the whysbefore you describe the hows Diego Gutiérrez
  41. 41. On to the technical content!Use the and our appropriately! “The clustering algorithm…” “Our clustering algorithm…”Use figures wisely. Make sure they can be seen in printMake them as stand-alone as possible Diego Gutiérrez
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  43. 43. ResultsMake sure to back up every single claim you madeComparisons! Yeah, it works. But does it work better than X?Discuss the results (you may use its own section for that)Walk the reader through them. Explain what they areseeing, where, and why you are showing it to them. Avoidultra-short captions! Diego Gutiérrez
  44. 44. Results Diego Gutiérrez
  45. 45. Results Diego Gutiérrez
  46. 46. LimitationsDiscuss the limitations of the method This is one of the most recurring mistakesBe open. Be frank. Show failure cases Good strategy: break assumptions stated at thebeginningReviewers want to know how much you can push thisalgorithm. Are you hiding any skeletons? Diego Gutiérrez
  47. 47. Conclusions & Future workDon’t write stupid stuff here. Don’t state the obvious “As future work, we’d like to make this faster”Write interesting, thought-provoking ideas Can this work inspire future research?Summarize your key contributions, not the paper.Try to end in a positive tone! Diego Gutiérrez
  48. 48. Just when you think you’re done…Go back to itRead the paper. Be critical. Have others read the paper andaccept criticism If you need to verabally explain me something, redoitForget what you know, and read only what you wrote This is difficult. Very. Just do itWriting is an iterative process! Diego Gutiérrez
  49. 49. AuthorshipIt’s a wild world out thereHow we do things: Discuss at least the first author early enough Students first. Then supervisors. Unless of course there’s reasons to reverse thatA supervisor or group leader should not be an author bydefaultAcknowledgements Diego Gutiérrez
  50. 50. Some final remarksLet go of things that don’t work. Fail fastLet go of things that do work, but need to be left out in theend. Supplementary material?Avoid a purely descriptive paperAnticipate the reviews. Be critical. If you see it, they’ll see ittoo Diego Gutiérrez
  51. 51. Some final remarksKnow your fieldBe honest about the magnitude and scope of yourcontribution. Discuss limitationsFind a good title: Non-linear volume photon mapping: worst title ever? Informative. Sexy is good too! Diego Gutiérrez
  52. 52. Some final remarksAvoid salami-slicingPlease: do not write the same paper over and overRead/write/speak EnglishVolunteer to review! Diego Gutiérrez
  53. 53. Some final remarksGo out. See the world. Go to conferences. Visit otheruniversities. Learn from every single oneHave passion. Don’t lose heart There will be bad reviews Good papers will be rejected You will feel shatteredBut hey, in the grand scheme of things…There’s always the next conference!  Diego Gutiérrez
  54. 54. Choose your message. Tell a story http://giga.cps.unizar.es/~diegog/ Fredo Durand: How to write a bad article http://people.csail.mit.edu/fredo/FredoBadWriting.pdf Diego Gutiérrez