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Right, so having gotten a few PMs on my publications... and how I got them and what on earth IF means... I thought I'd write up a post to direct people to when they ask me on chat. Razz Plus this will probably be more coherent.

Edit: IF == Impact Factor. Scroll down for more.

So you've done some work, and you want a publication because everyone knows that a good publication will really help you towards your admissions. So what is a good publication? I could start a war, but generally you need:
  • A good journal to be published in
  • Decent data and conclusions

You're not going to know if you have decent data and conclusions unless you've read a lot of work in your field. I recommend you search for papers at
http://www.sciencedirect.com
ACM publications
Wiley Interscience.

Biology-related people, check out NCBI's PubMed for papers. Once you have done a literature survey, and you know you have novel or interesting results, find a journal appropriate to your field.

You have to follow every single rule they set out in the instructions to authors page, and follow online submission instructions. Then you wait for a couple of months. They'll pass your paper to two or three "referee"s who will have comments - this is why peer reviewed journals are highly valued.

The comments will give the editor an idea of what to do, and he will tell you that your paper has been
  • accepted as is (extremely rare)
  • accepted with minor revisions -- celebrate. it's been accepted.
  • requires major revisions -- it's been accepted, IF and ONLY IF you can explain or make the revisions they require.
  • requires major revisions and must be resubmitted as new - this is almost a reject. Unless you want to do all that work that they suggest, implement the
  • rejected (extremely rare)
It's a step by step process, and google is your friend.

In this process, the only difficulties that people might have will be
a) getting something worth publishing
b) finding the right journal
c) writing it in the english that they want.

for both a) and c) you can read papers to get an idea. If you have a guide in a good place - like, say, IIT or any research institute, they will either write the paper for you, or at least tell you if a) and c) are in line. Plus, they'll suggest the journal.

But if you have to pick your own journal then you take you cues from
a) the papers that have already been published - what journals were they in?
b) what was the impact factor of the journals?
c) the AIM and SCOPE that is listed on the home page of your target journal - it must match what you are talking about. If it does not, you'll wait a month for a response, and it will be rejected outright because the fields don't match.

Impact Factor
is the number of times the papers of a journal have been cited in the last two years, divided by the number of papers published in the last two years in that journal.

*cited = given as a reference in a paper. so when you use someone's paper as a reference, CITE THEM.

So obviously, in a field, such as theoretical physics where the work you do will result in a good paper once a year or so, if that, the impact factor of even the best journals will be slow. About 1 is good for theoretical physics.

But in fields like cancer research, where there is a lot of work going on, and a lot of money pumped in, the impact factors of journals will generally be high. Below 3 or 3.5 is bad for structural biology.

You want to publish in a high impact factor journal (high being relative and depending on the field) because these are the "popular" journals. Odds are that you will be cited, if you publish in high IF. However, you will take what you get. And this will impress the admissions committee. But NOT IF YOUR WORK IS NOT GOOD TO BEGIN WITH. Don't publish rubbish just to publish. And even a small IF peer reviewed journal is better than no publication at all.

Publishing is a long process - about 6 months per journal. Don't waste your time by trying for the "Wrong" journal - but spend time in figuring out what the right one is. It's a lot like picking universities to apply to!

Impact Factors are published every year by Thompson Scientific. I have the 2005 IF for 6090 journals. People who want that list PM me your email address, and leave a not here, and I will email it to you. I can't list the entire thing here because like the US NEws rankings, it is illegal to put it up on boards.

A disclaimer. More coming. This is a short overview. Questions are welcome.

(This post was last modified: 01-24-2008 04:44 PM by camphor.)
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Hey camphor,


Thats a good work.. Though I will have to give a serious reading for it to get it nicely...Wink

Thanks. and waitin for more..
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wow this is seriously amazing info.....continue pls
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seiously good stuff!!

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Nile, ice, abhay - thanks. Smile

Threads in edulix to do with publications:
How to build a stellar research profile.
Includes quite a bit of information on publishers and places to look for papers. The thread owner was planning to go explain how to go about publication, but never got around to it. More information on how to pick your place of research or guide etc.

Doubt related to publication submission
What sort of claim should you put when you have/will soon have conference/paper publications. Summary: be honest, and don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Regarding publishing papers
A number of responses to the question "how to go about it".

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Smile

I hope this thread continues Smile

btw, Do ACM publications offer a free membership? Razz

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very good work.....

Quote:A disclaimer. More coming. This is a short overview.

waiting...Smile

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Tj - Not that I know of. But limited access on registration, yes.

kuchcha - thanks. more as soon as my job is safe again. Smile

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camphor Wrote:Tj - Not that I know of. But limited access on registration, yes.

kuchcha - thanks. more as soon as my job is safe again. Smile

Oh, thnq Smile

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hi can u give the IF for the Indian Journal of Dermatology. bsvelan@gmail.com. Thank you.
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Awesome work..This really helped me a lot.. Thank YouSmile

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Very informative and a really good job!!
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(01-13-2009 09:58 PM)pulkittomar158 Wrote:  Very informative and a really good job!!
++ bounce!

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good job man...ApplauseApplause I will give a try...

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@camphor: good thread - its very informative for newcomers like us! hope you can continue to guide us!

btw, I wouldn't mind the IF for all CS related journals .... if you can Wink
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