New citation tracking tools from Google

Google has finally send out its invitations to its new “My Citations” service. It allows you to track your publications and citations on one easy page. My own profile is available here. Interestingly, Microsoft send me an email today as well reminding me of their Academic Search that does require Silverlight and that was able to track less citations. Here is what Microsoft has to say about my publications.

Submitting your LaTeX manuscript through the Editorial Manager (Springer and Elsevier)

LaTeX is an excellent tool for formatting your manuscripts. During the peer review process, most journals accept PDF files. But when it comes submitting your camera ready version, the Editorial Manager (EM), used by both Springer and Elsevier, insists on receiving a source file. The process has some problems and I would like to share some of the lessons I learned. First of all you need to know that EM will compile the LaTeX files for you. You do not need to upload your PDF or DVI files.

  1. EM is not able to digest figures in the PDF format. Convert all your figures to EPS. This can be achieved with Adobe Acrobat or Preview (MAC).
  2. EM is not able to deal with directories. All your files must be in one directory, including all figures.
  3. You can ZIP your complete LaTeX directory and upload it. EM decompresses all the files for you. Make sure that you do not include a PDF or DVI version of your manuscript, otherwise EM will include it as well. You will end up with multiple versions of your text in the final PDF.
  4. If EM encounters any problems during the compilation of your LaTeX files, it will write the log into the resulting PDF. You can find out what went wrong by looking at it.
  5. If an error occurred, EM has trouble with processing .tex files again which have the same name as in the previous attempt. Rename your .tex file (e.g. by adding a serial number) and upload it again. EM will then compile this new file instead of the old one.

The All-In Publication Policy

I presented my paper “The All-In Publication Policy” at the ICDS2010 conference. The video of the presentation is now available:

Abstract: The productivity of scientists and the quality of their papers differ enormously. Still, all papers written get published eventually and the impact factor of the publication channel is not correlated to the citations that individual papers receive. Hence it does not matter where to publish papers. Based on these two conjectures, I conclude that all papers should be published. The review process should focus on feedback that helps authors to improve their manuscripts. But we should no longer waste effort to a selection procedure. This All-In policy would decrease the number of published papers and would refocus the attention of the authors on the quality of their papers and not their quantity.