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Academic writing - publishing in international journals and conferences

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This presentation provides information about publishing in international journals and conferences. It gives several pieces of advice about where to publish, why to publish and also what the typical structure of the paper is.

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Academic writing - publishing in international journals and conferences

  1. 1. Academic Writing Getting Published in International Journals and Conferences Dr.Natalia Konstantinova1 1Research Institute in Information and Language Processing University of Wolverhampton 12 April, 2014 Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 1 / 23
  2. 2. Outline 1 Introduction 2 Research Papers Typical structure Structure: More Details 3 Questions? Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 2 / 23
  3. 3. Introduction Why to publish? Share your knowledge with others; Get recognition for your work, acquire new contacts; Get feedback from the reviewers; Add to your CV; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 3 / 23
  4. 4. Introduction Where to publish? Different quality standards, selectiveness and impact: Journals more impact (especially long-term impact); more highly rated by selection/promotion committees; more thorough reviews; more space (usually about 20 pages); Conference proceedings faster process; quality of reviews depends on your luck; you have to pay conference fees; direct contacts can be made at the conference; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 4 / 23
  5. 5. Introduction What to check before submitting? Avoid poor quality journals and conferences; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 5 / 23
  6. 6. Introduction What to check before submitting? (2) Before sending check: Where the proceedings are published/reputation of the journal; Programme committee; Submission topics; Submission guidelines; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 6 / 23
  7. 7. Introduction Review lifecycle Submit a paper; It gets assigned 3-4 reviewers; Review process (conference: about 2 weeks- 1 month, journal: 2-3 months); Get decision (binary for conferences, n-ary for a journal): Decline/reject; Revise and resubmit (cannot be accepted in the current form and needs revision); Major (can be accepted but needs major changes); Minor (can be accepted but needs minor adjustments); Accept as it is; Address comments of the reviewers and send paper again; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 7 / 23
  8. 8. Introduction Review Address reviewer’s comments: Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 8 / 23
  9. 9. Research Papers Typical structure Typical structure Title Abstract Introduction Related work Resources/data collection Methodology Evaluation Error analysis Conclusions and future research Bibliography Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 10 / 23
  10. 10. Research Papers Structure: More Details Title and Abstract Should reflect the content of the paper; Abstract should present the main idea of the paper and its main contribution; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 12 / 23
  11. 11. Research Papers Structure: More Details Related work We show awareness of the research in the area; We describe existing methods; We describe why our research is different from everything that was done before; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 13 / 23
  12. 12. Research Papers Structure: More Details Related work(2) Mistakes: Not up-to-date research; Too narrow; Too broad; Fail to show the difference with your research; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 14 / 23
  13. 13. Research Papers Structure: More Details Data Description of your data; The way the data was collected (for example, the description of the corpus or dataset); If special annotation of the data was done (for example, guidelines for annotators, inter-annotator agreement ,etc.) Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 15 / 23
  14. 14. Research Papers Structure: More Details Methodology How your experiment was done? All the steps to re-produce it; What rules/techniques you used? Ideally other researchers should be able to reproduce your experiment; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 16 / 23
  15. 15. Research Papers Structure: More Details Evaluation A very important part of your research! Why do we need evaluation? Allows to assess the results of a method or a system; Allows to compare results of different methods and systems; Allows to understand why method fails or which parts create problems; How the evaluation was done? What metrics were used? What are the baselines? What gold standard? Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 17 / 23
  16. 16. Research Papers Structure: More Details Error analysis Most probably your method gives errors; Analyse them; Try to group; Try to explain why they occur; Suggest ways to tackle them in the future research; Or describe why you cannot make it better; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 18 / 23
  17. 17. Research Papers Structure: More Details Conclusions and future work Make final conclusions about your experiment; Was your hypothesis proved? Did you get a better performance than someone else? Why your performance is valuable? Describe what you plan to do in the future; Are you planning to address some shortcomings of the current research? Do you want to use some other data set? Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 19 / 23
  18. 18. Research Papers Structure: More Details Bibliography Should be consistent; Should contain all needed information (pages, publisher etc.); Better use some reference style; Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 20 / 23
  19. 19. Research Papers Structure: More Details Tips Make sure it is clear; Readers should be able to re-produce your experiment; English and formatting are important! Negative results are still results! But! You need to have solid methodology! Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 21 / 23
  20. 20. Research Papers Structure: More Details Further Links http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/pbailey/ sigir-paper-writing-tips.aspx?1702280376 http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/~jw/paper.html http://www.journalprep.com/FILES/How_to_Write_and_ Publish_an_Academic_Research_Paper.pdf http://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/ how-to-write-a-paper-and-get-it-published/ Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 22 / 23
  21. 21. Questions? Questions Dr.Natalia Konstantinova (University of Wolverhampton) Academic Writing 12 April, 2014 23 / 23

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