Monday, May 30, 2005

Journalizing - MWS Syndrome

'Journalizing' - in PhD jargon - is the process by which the PhD-Student, under duress, converts the 6-10 pages of accepted (published) conference paper into a 20-30 pages 'full' journal version.

I have been trying to write 'my' journal paper for so long now. Actually, it has been only a month. But given the pains and tribulations, it seems more like a century.

I wish I had such a "compelling story to tell" that the whole journal-paper just emerged from some crack in the space-time fabric. Alas, I am not so fortunate. The problem with writing a journal-paper is that it has to be a well-rounded story. I managed to get through the IEEE Conference (a big one) without, honestly, understanding the whole funda very much. But now during the process of 'journalizing' things have cleared up much more.

From now on, I have decided, I will never EVER write for a conference. The right approach is to frame the whole story, write it as a technical report (i.e. unsubmitted journal paper) and only as a side issue extract the conference part out of it. This way, the whole 'journalizing' pain can be eliminated.

2 Comments:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

well actually ur right. if u r into true research u wont be bothered abt 'journalizing'. u do some gud work-not to be bothered whether it is measurable in units of journals/conferences- and then when it reaches a stage that u r so confident, i guess it can be translated into a journal and a few conferences....alas! i realized it the hard way..but better late than never...

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8:12 PM  

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