Hints for Submitting a Successful Research Paper
Here are a few hints about how to help improve the chances your research paper submission will be accepted.
- Look at examples that the HCC and VL reviewers thought were good in prior years. Here are some recent winners of the "Best Paper Award". You can see many other papers that have been accepted in recent years via link items 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 below.
- HCC'01 BestPaper Awards:
- VLFM'01 Best Paper Award: Na'aman Kam, Irun R. Cohen, and David Harel: "The Immune System as a Reactive System: Modeling T Cell Activation With Statecharts".
- SVLSEM'01 Best Paper Award: Stefan Sauer, Gregor Engels: "UML-based Behavior Specification of Interactive Multimedia Applications".
- VL'00 Best Paper Award: Isabel F. Cruz and Peter S. Leveille: "Implementation of a Constraint-Based Visualization System".
- VL'99 Best Paper Award: K. Hewagamage, M. Hirakawa, and T. Ichikawa, Interactive Visualization of Spatiotemporal Patterns Using Spirals on a Geographical Map. (This link is to IEEE's online abstract and full paper. If you do not subscribe to their online library service but would like a copy of the full paper, you may contact the first author to request a copy.)
- VL'98 Best Paper Award: T. Igarashi, J. Mackinlay, B. Chang, and P. Zellweger, Fluid Visualization of Spreadsheet Structures
- Look at the VL'2000 review forms. These are the questions the reviewers will use to decide about your paper's acceptance. Consider each of these questions carefully and ask yourself how well your paper will do on them.
- One problem that often causes a paper to be rejected is a lack of ability to say what the new contribution of your paper is. The way to determine this (and to convince the reviewers) is to be familiar with how it relates to the work of other VL researchers, and to compare your work with theirs. A large portion of the work that will help you address this issue can, in many cases, be found by looking through:
- recent copies of the Journal of Visual Languages of Computing, and
- recent years' proceedings from this conference (online under "VL" at IEEE's site), and
- last year's proceedings from this conference (HCC'01)
- the Visual Languages Bibliography, and
- Bertrand Ibrahim's Visual Programming Page and Bibliography.
- Submissions must not have been published previously and must not be currently under consideration by another conference or journal. If you have a previously published paper or one that is under review that you would like to distinguish from your HCC submission, don't hesitate to clarify the distinction in the body of your paper.
Last modification: 12/3/2001, Mark Minas