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Leaders Corner

by Vladik Kreinovich

From Conference
Papers to Journal
Papers: Challenges
and New Ideas

I

n our profession, there are two
main ways of publishing new
results: as a paper in conference
proceedings and as a journal paper. A
few decades ago, the arrangement
was very clear: conference proceedings were difficult to find and, therefore, not considered to be archival.
As a result, authors of good conference papers were encouraged to
extend their conference papers into
journal versions. In many cases, the
resulting extended versions appeared
in easier-to-access form as journal
papers. The amount of extension differed from paper to paper, often
extensions were reasonably minor-
but this was an accepted practice
because it made results more accessible to others.
In the last decades, however, the
situation has changed drastically,
especially with conferences organized or sponsored by IEEE. Now the
same conference papers also appear
in IEEE Xplore as journal papers;
they are as archival and as easy to
access as journal papers. Easy
access to conference papers is clearly
beneficial to the research community, but this same easy access has

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discussing new results with colleagues,
especially major conferences where
audiences are large. When results are
not presented at conferences, they have
less of an impact on the research and
practitioner communities.
There is also another related negative effect: the decrease in conference submissions hurts the financial
well-being of IEEE Societies, since
the conferences are our main source
of income. Societies, in general, lose
money on journal papers.
So how can we deal with this challenge? At the recent April 2016 IEEE
Panel of Editors meeting in San Diego,
brought a challenge since it disrupted
California, a special panel was devotthe usual conference-to-journal pubed to this problem, where representalication sequence.
tives of different IEEE Societies
At present, for an extended version
described their ideas and their experiof a conference paper to be accepted in
ence. One of the possible approaches
the journal, a minor extension is not
is currently being implemented by the
enough-because that would amount
IEEE Power & Energy
to publishing the
Society (PES). PES
same paper twice.
encourages authors
To be accepted, the
whose papers have
extended version
In our
been accepted for
must contain a large
profession,
publ icat ion i n a
amount of new matethere are two
major Society's jourrial. Because of this
nals to present at
requirement, most
main ways
major conferences
authors who submit
of publishing
as well. The authors
papers to conferencof accepted papers
es are unable to come
new results:
who agree to present
up with follow-up
as a paper in
then submit their
journal publications.
conference
accepted jour na l
Since, in many re papers to the corresearch areas, journal
proceedings
sponding conference
publications are more
and as a
under a special arprestigious than conrangement. Under
ference papers, many
journal paper.
this arrangement,
authors do not subthese submissions
mit their results to
a re not refereed
conferences and subagain since they have already gone
mit directly to journals instead.
through an even more rigorous referWhy is this a problem? Well, the
eeing process. The corresponding
main purpose of conferences is not
papers do not appear in the confernecessarily to publish proceedings;
ence proceedings section of IEEE
conferences are provably good venues
Xplore, but a link appears at the
for disseminating information and for

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