#CEURWS, some rule changes Dec 2018

Dear all,

we plan some rule changes to become effective from December 2018 onwards:

(1) The minimum length for a paper published in a new CEUR-WS volume is increased to eight LNCS-equivalent pages (old: five). Exceptions may be possible for certain papers such as invited papers, if the other regular papers overfulfill the rule.

(2) All new volumes shall target an international audience. Therefore, at least 50% of the papers shall be written in English. We moderately discourage submissions of non-English papers.

Comments are welcome!

Kind greetings: Manfred

 

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2 comments
  1. Ilia Bider said:

    1. CEUR was started as a channel for publishing workshop proceedings. In difference from conferences, workshops are places for discussion, not presentation. Thus, position papers, that are usually short, are very important for a workshop as they raise interesting relevant questions. They need to be short.

    2. Changing the rules often lead to the effort of gaming them. Increasing the minimum limit, will lead to the authors will be required to add a couple of more pages of text or pictures even if there is no need for it. Do we want it?

    3. Other conference publishers that are in the Norska systemet publish short paper, which are categorized in various terms as research in progress, opinions, and even posters. I do not think CEUR is unique in this way. Even Spinger proceedings often publish extended abstracts of keynotes and tutorials.

    Summarizing the above: If the rules are needed, I would suggest the rules that guide the ratio between the total size of pages in long papers (say >=8) and short papers ( < 8) rather than setting the low limit.

    Best regards

    Ilia
    CEUR author and CEUR volumes editor

  2. Dear Ilia,

    we certainly do not want to frustrate proceedings editors, though some rule changes in the past have done exactly that. The reason for changes are that the use pattern change. The position of CEUR-WS in the publication market has also changed. We started as an “underdog”, well below the radar of established publication channels. We are now one of the largest open-access publishers for computer-science proceedings. Some workshops/conferences have been publishing with us for more than 10 years. Such workshops are not only places for discussion anymore. The authors also expect that their papers are visible beyond the group of workshop participants.

    We would welcome if many workshops would decide to go back to the original purpose of workshops: to discuss novel ideals that are not yet matured. Such workshops would in principal not need a persistent publication of their proceedings. It may even be good not to publish an immature idea at an early stage.

    The reality in computer science is different: Since the technology moves so fast, researchers feel the need to publish even partial results as fast as possible.

    Our proposal aims at encouraging workshop organizers to include those papers in their proceedings that have a certain minimum size. We used to have a suggested limit of 5 pages. It is very hard to elaborate on a novel idea in just 5 pages *such that* a reader in the future can benefit from the paper.

    Your proposal to distinguish regular (long) papers from short papers is well-made.

    Kind greetings: Manfred

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