A Personal Experience: How To a Research and Write a Journal Paper from Existing Material in One Week (and then quite a few weeks more)

Initially written on Monday, July 16 2012.

On a sheet of paper, last Monday I received a Call for Papers from my colleague at work, which lately attended a scientific conference and also presented one of my papers. On the sheet was an interesting topic related to my research which I could extend, the only information that spiked me, was its deadline for submission: I had one week time.

There I was, decided to write the paper, and add collegue as co-author if he might help at jumping-in with some task that might fit sharing. I started preparing materials. It was 14 hours a day full in the flow, writing, collecting some old materials, translating from my dissertation which I proudly wrote in my mother tongue, and, inventing new ideas to push the originality of the paper.

As the paper grew in size, quality, and expressiveness, the experiments were running 5 in parallell with different idea configurations so that I was still able to comprehend what each is calculating. And I  tweaked each configuration every so and so to improve the ideas. At the end, I came with roughly three major original successful improvements and several minor ideas that got included serendipically by design.

And then, the next Moday, I sent the paper, written 27 double-spaced single-column pages, with 74 references included in the paper, 19 figures, 33 equations, and 2 algorithm pseudocodes.


(20140517) SEQUEL TO TE STORY, i.e. the addendum episteming “How to get that paper revised and published”
After initial submission on July 16, 2013 to a Journal’s Special Issue (SI), the first reviews were received on 16 September 2012, and the paper was rejected since the paper was a bit our of scope of the SI.
An even thorougly extended and revised paper was then sent next year, on 23 July 2013, to another journal, receiving reviews on 7 November 2013, with another thorough revision submitted on 4 February 2014, totaling in roughly 66 weeks of paper writing hold. The paper finally got accepted 21 April 2014 and today I receive a message that it is due published with a fast pace in the same year as the first paper within an issue of 10 September 2014:

(pdf) A. Zamuda, J. Brest. Vectorized Procedural Models for Animated Trees Reconstruction using Differential Evolution. Information Sciences, 2014, vol. 278, pp. 1-21. DOI 10.1016/j.ins.2014.04.037.
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