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How Not to Get Your Paper Rejected
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Mainak Chaudhuri Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Prolog Why Publishing is important Must tell your ideas to others Improves the chance of converging to a better idea hundreds of brains working vs tens ID: 510026 Download Presentation


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How Not to Get Your Paper Rejected



Indian Institute of Technology, KanpurSlide2

Prolog: Why

Publishing is important

Must tell your ideas to others

Improves the chance of converging to a better idea (hundreds of brains working vs. tens)

Helps the community to push the frontline in the right direction

Inspire others to think smart by showing them how to think smart

Let the coming generation(s) remember you for what you accomplished

Caveat: publishing is often overhyped (this is where the counting game takes over)Slide3

Searching for Ideas

Selling a good idea is far easier than selling a not so good idea

Truth be told, there aren’t too many good ideas out there

Read a lot of papers to stay abreast with what people around the globe are thinking

Identify the top conferences and journals in your area and browse the proceedings and periodicals in regular intervals

Reserve time for this from your weekly/monthly plan

Summary: reading good papers holds the key to writing good papersSlide4

Idea-Execution Cycle

The cycle of idea-(execute-improve)


continues until the results are satisfactory or further gains are marginal

Understand what is satisfactory by the publishing standards

Depending on the standard of results, decide where to publish

Top tier conferences and journals usually demand high standard ideas and results

These are usually medium to highly influential ideas

Be realistic and decide how good your idea is

Sending a not-so-good result to a top conference/journal is a non-starterSlide5

Draw up an Outline

Think about a good story to tell

Draw up the sections and subsections

At every step put yourself in the position of a reader and ask if the story plot is interesting

Put enough time to write a good abstract and introduction

First impression is the final impression

Motivate the problem and summarize your solutions in introduction

If your contribution is building on top of several other prior work, include a related work subsection at the end of introduction; otherwise move the related work section to the end of the paperSlide6

Give Credit to Others

Not acknowledging closely related studies is the biggest sin in research

Know the related work well and review them generously

Importantly, point out how your idea improves previous state-of-the-art

In the evaluation section, compare your proposal quantitatively with a few best known prior arts

Implement them in your infra-structure and evaluate impartiallySlide7

Mid-game (1/3)

The middle of the paper goes in explaining your contribution

Crux of the matter

Polish the writing well and make sure that you highlight the major contributions

Usually, this part is easy to write because this is your work

Make sure to show how you got to your end-design step by step

Motivate every addition to your design and tell a good storySlide8

Mid-game (2/3)

Once you have talked about the central ideas, it is time for quantitative evaluation

Furnish enough information about your simulation/evaluation infra-structure so that others can reproduce the results

Very important for the contribution to be useful

Provide exact values of the important parameters that you have used

If you are using some non-conventional/new methodology for evaluating your idea, justify why it makes sense

Use publicly available benchmark suites and furnish enough details about themSlide9

Mid-game (3/3)

Once the infra-structure is conveyed, proceed to present your results

Explain the results carefully highlighting your contributions

Spend time to explain any outliers

This opens up further trains of research

Compare your proposal with a few closely related studies

Explain why you are better

Explain any outliers with more care

Overall, the evaluation should make a convincing story and tell readers that you have spent time to carefully design your experimentsSlide10


Read the complete manuscript several times (not back-to-back)

Reserve at least seven days for final polishing

Challenge yourself with hard questions that a reader may ask; see if you have answers to them in the paper

While reading imagine that you know nothing about the work; see if you can follow the train of thoughts described in the paper

Come up with a list of negatives about your paper which may lead to rejection

Address them carefully

Ask colleagues to read and give feedbackSlide11

Typical Outline


Introduction, Motivation, Related Work


Your Design Proposal

Evaluation Methodology

Results and Analysis




(if any)Slide12

Epilog: Rejection Can Help

The world is highly competitive

Too many smart people out there

Probability of getting rejected is fairly high (top tier CS conferences have one in ten to one in five acceptance rates)

If your paper is rejected, take the reviews seriously and try to address the concerns

Most reviews are usually good if you tried a top tier conference/journal

Some reviews may be unreasonably critical; don’t get dejected

Revise well and try againSlide13

How Not to Get Your Paper Rejected

Thank you



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