I’ve never delved deeper into this but I’m still curious: do I need to be enrolled in a PhD to publish scientific papers?

I have a MSc but I regularly read research papers of not-so-great-a-quality and think “I might write better stuff than this”. It doesn’t happen with the majority of papers but the point is: I don’t think those authors are all smarter than me.

How does a ‘private citizen’ not enrolled in any PhD course publish a research to a journal?

I got puzzled by the definition of ‘substantial similarity’.

Here is the case. I dealt with two related problems, say P1 and P2, that could be treated in the same mathematical framework. I aimed to show optimal appoaches to both problems. Perhaps more details:

P1: the optimality criterion was already there (which alone was an open problem for quite a long time, like tens of years) and the tool was also ready. So I’d like to say, if one realized the criterion and the tool, the problem could be solved easily following some standard techniques. But no one recognized this before. In the paper, we examined three different approaches, with different preprocessing before applying the basic idea.

P2: the optimality criterion was not recognized. We proved it, which turned out to be of the same sense of P1 but still different. The tool for solving this problem was also not ready, and we proved it almost from scratch (like 5 pages long), which we thought as the most significant contribution. Some discussions and applications were also involved in the paper.

We did not find a unifying theme to put the two into a page-limited conference submission, while stating related aspects in a clear manner. We also believed each had enough contributions. So we submitted two papers to the same conference. Following the conference guidelines, we tried to rephrase some common preliminary in the two papers, and cited P1 in P2 for some common issues and also for clearly stating the contribution of P2 over P1.

However, the two papers were deemed to be ‘substantially similar’ to each other. I searched for what it really means and what is a criterion, but failed. So can anyone share any experience on this? Maybe I just should not submit two related works to the same conference?

Thanks.

What steps does a manuscript typically go through from submission to publication (or rejection) in a typical journal? How are these steps referred to, in particular by editorial systems, and how long do they each typically take?

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What steps does a manuscript typically go through from submission to publication (or rejection) in a typical journal? How are these steps referred to, in particular by editorial systems, and how long do they each typically take?

Note that this question is about the typical situation and hence not about:

  • Journals with an atypical workflow, e.g. those that allow for an instantaneous reviewer–author interaction.
  • Exceptional steps or rare occurrences such as withdrawal or clerical errors.

This is a canonical question on this topic as per this Meta post. Due to its nature, it is rather broad and not exemplary for a regular question on this site. Please feel free to improve this question.

I submitted a manuscript to a Springer journal four days ago. After the system built PDF of the manuscript from the latex and image files, I checked the images but due to my tiredness, I forgot to check references of the manuscript. Unfortunately, I approved the submission upon request of the system. After that I checked and discovered the manuscript reference numbers are substituted with question marks and their system didn’t correctly recognize my references from the Latex file.

I emailed the Springer contact information which is available in the menu of their system, but even though I emailed two times requesting for help with this manuscript, they didn’t respond.
The state of the paper in the system is “pending editor assignment.”

What should I do?

  1. Email to Editor-in-Chief of the journal and ask what to do?

  2. Wait and see what will happen? Unfortunately, I am in a hurry to have an answer from a journal because of my university administrative issues. One of the reasons I submitted to this particular journal is its fast average submission to first decision among JCR journals in my field.

I have submitted a paper in one of the top conferences in our field (IEEE Globecom 2018). Now, since this was my first time, I submitted to the symposium and now I realize that there are Workshops coming in as well. After submission of my paper, now that it is nearly 4+ months and I have written (and submitted) two journal articles. I realize the “written” quality of the Conference paper is not good and I am afraid it might get a rejection for this reason.

Can I ask the conf. chair to give me an early result so that I can submit the same paper in the Workshop with improvements?

conf (symposium) acceptance notification with come on 15th July.
Workshop submission deadline: 14th July.

Although there is system for writing comments on an article by proper submission through editorial system. But sometime, we feel need of commenting on article like; the content is very good or content is lacking in certain aspect etc. I think, if there is provision of writing comment directly on the online published copy of article, it would be very useful for both the author and the readers.

Please refer to the link
Prelude

My research paper is almost completed and I have submitted a draft to my boss recently. My research tenure ends on the end of July.

I was told (today) that I would not be allowed to utilise my affiliation with my current research institute for submission to a journal after the expiration of my tenure – this is fine.

What is not fine is that my boss has removed himself from this paper and has also advised that another co – author (a student who has recently graduated from the overarching faculty of this research institute) not be an author as she is neither a student nor an employee.

This leaves only me and a visiting scholar in this research institute on secondment on the paper. This means that the submission of this paper to a journal/ conference would not be one where either of us are affiliated with this research institute.

Why does this matter?

In this research project, we utilise confidential data accorded to us by a number of countries via a national agency.

What should I expect and how should I circumvent this?

Please refer to the link
Prelude

My research paper is almost completed and I have submitted a draft to my boss recently. My research tenure ends on the end of July.

I was told (today) that I would not be allowed to utilise my affiliation with my current research institute for submission to a journal after the expiration of my tenure – this is fine.

What is not fine is that my boss has removed himself from this paper and has also advised that another co – author (a student who has recently graduated from the overarching faculty of this research institute) not be an author as she is neither a student nor an employee.

This leaves only me and a visiting scholar in this research institute on secondment on the paper. This means that the submission of this paper to a journal/ conference would not be one where either of us are affiliated with this research institute.

Why does this matter?

In this research project, we utilise confidential data accorded to us by a number of countries via a national agency.

What should I expect and how should I circumvent this?