A Comprehensive Insight into Effective and Informed Archival Journal Publication Process

Reza Zoughi

Schlumberger Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory (amntl), Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T)

The impact that high-quality journal publication has on advancing science, technology and authors’ careers is well documented. Journal publishing has evolved significantly in the past two decades, as various benchmarks have been designed to designate “quality” or degree of “impact” to a given journal. Other metrics have been developed to better indicate the impact of an author’s publications. All of these have resulted in an amazing increase in the number of submitted papers and the sprouting of many journals in many fields. Many articles have been written on these issues and more will be surely written as a result of other requirements such as open-access (OA), which is currently a significant talking-point in the archival journal publications realm. Successful publication of a journal paper, in particular in a “reputable” and “high-quality” journal, starts from before an author decides to compile thoughts, ideas and results into the form of a paper.

This involves deciding on the proper, most effective and relevant publications venue; having the knowledge of (and experience) how to compile the content that goes into the paper; having a clear knowledge of the publications guidelines and rules for the chosen venue; etc.Writing a journal paper requires much more than a step-by-step write-up of what was done technically. First, the choice of the journal in which to publish is critically important since the technical focus of the paper must be within the technical focus of the journal. In addition, effective journal paper writing requires many implicit and explicit issues to consider. Established publications rules related to highlighting the novelty of the work, proper citation of already-published works related to the subject matter and published in journals in the same field, properly giving credit to previously-published materials, and many more such rules must be meticulously and methodically followed. In some cases, such as preparing a technically-extended journal paper, based on a conference proceedings paper (for example the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement Special Issue of the I2MTC 2019), unique and specific rules must be adhered to as well.

This tutorial aims to discuss and highlight all of these issues and provide a road-map for those who may be relatively new to the journal publication realm, or could use this information in future journal paper preparation. In addition, and if time allows, there will also be discussions regarding how to become an effective reviewer.