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Art of Application – 3: How to get publication under belt!

Posted by srinwantudey on March 15, 2009


I am not intended to write about this so early. But one of the reader  – a student from NIT Trichy – asked me to furnish about this issue. Well, it is a hard core fact that the Universities are always searching for research experiences and publication. A good publication in some international journal put you way ahead even if you have a wretched GRE score.

My views, concerns or advise what ever may be regarding this are followes below:

  1. Approach a Professor you know: This is one of the safest way to publish a paper. Ask one of your professor (well known of course), that you want to learn something on his field (that obviously belongs to yours also) and want to assist him at his research works. Do not tell him at first about your desire to publish a paper. It has some negative impacts. Then convince him that you are such a great learner by working diligently and if all goes well, this assistantship eventually could have leaded towards publication. Having an renowned professor at the forefront has some real advantages if acceptance of paper is concerned.  It will be your learning phase. But make sure that, you shouldn’t become the 3rd or 4th author of the paper (though remember something is always better than nothing).
  2. Publish at your own:  Another thing you can do, searching for opportunities. There are many international societies are there who advertise the ‘call for paper’ agenda with writing requisite quite a before their annual conference. You should have an eye on them. My friend was asking for VLSI based publication. I had some information about this years VLSI conferences, but  the submission deadlines for most of them are over already. Still have a look on them for brief ideas about the societies, time lines and writing criteria. Just remember one thing renowned journals always ask papers quite few months before final announcement, even a year ago also. So, schedule yourself accordingly.
    •  (Try to search the main websites for more information)
    • The most important questions arise here, how we can know about this agenda’s? Well, it’s true, being an student with hectic schedule tracking each and every organisations’ activities are quite a tough task. I don’t know whether it goes true for you or not (I was a lethargic person by default). Those who fall in my category, can use Google. Search intelligently to get latest agendas. Say, if some one searching for Data Mining opportunity can search by “Data Mining + Call for Paper” phrase. It works generally. I will try as much as I can posting here these kind of scopes.
  3. If Not Succeeded: If you don’t find any professor to guide you or your paper is being rejected time to time, please don’t loose heart. Acceptance rate of papers are very feeble (please have a look over these pages to get an idea over the acceptance rates:,, so please don’t assume, you don’t possess any potential. It’s all about luck and experience matters. The advantage for you that, whenever you prepare and submit a paper you will learn something (forget about the chances of acceptance). No attempt goes fruitless (seniors please correct me if I am wrong). Try to find any volunteer attachment with some well known society or organisation and try to learn the art of writing from them while volunteering. You can grow your contact network from there also. Remember that this scholars are very helpful. Or what you can do, try writing articles (review, editorial etc) on student journals (they often ask for that) and make your CV strong as writer and gain some confidence and backing. These sort of activities (if they are continuous) often impressed the judgement makers when neck n neck fight is being expected. 

I am also a component of this journey. I used to voluntarily contribute for ACM. My efficiency impressed them a lot, and  I was appointed as one of the On-line Editor of the prestigious student journal “ACM Crossroad”. The board president (a great guy from Stanford University), used to review and rectify my articles whenever he gets time. Such a nice learning experience I am gaining there. Just don’t worry about short term goals, if you have enough quality, motivation, confidence and a strong  urge for learning (non-commercially), you don’t need to seek for opportunities later on. Opportunities will follow you.


UPDATE:   Download Writer’s Guideline issued by Computer Society of India. Remember each organisation has their own parameters. It is just a sample for you to understand the very basic criteria to write. Click below to view the pdf.



**(I would like to request seniors to comment on this post. It may be totally misfit as these are based on only my personal experiences)


2 Responses to “Art of Application – 3: How to get publication under belt!”

  1. dinesh sriram said

    Where can i find popular student journals?? Can you tell me some??

    • srinwantudey said

      I will publish an article keeping your request in mind. Hope you will find this useful. Keep watching this space for more.

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