Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The quest for publication credits

Donald C. O'Shea, editor of Optical Engineering, wrote an interesting editorial in the last issue of his journal. The editorial is open access here. Note how — unrelated to the economy — publishing is getting harder as journals fight to increase their impact factors. Here at HP Labs we are actors in this game as we move from journals with lower impact factor to to those of higher impact factor to get first tier credit.

Note also in Table 5 the general shift of research from North America to Asia. As for countries, this is a shift from the United States of America (USA) to the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC).

Related to the economy is that conferences are extending the submission deadlines. However, often this is not due to a smaller number of submissions. Indeed, submission numbers are up. The problem is that almost all submissions are for posters, with only very few for oral presentation.

In summary, the easiest path to performance credits is to submit oral papers at first tier conferences within driving distance. Location matters!

Hang in there!