Columbia Optics & Quantum Electronics IGERT Seminar

Seminar on Scientific Publishing 2016-2017

by Dr. Manolis Antonoyiannakis

Dr. Manolis Antonoyiannakis will present five lectures on Scientific Publishing. The seminar aims to train and inform graduate students and junior researchers on matters pertaining to scientific publishing. Its five themes are: (a) writing a paper, (b) peer review, (c) citation analysis & performance metrics, (d) publication ethics, and (e) topics from the history & sociology of science publishing.

Bio: Dr. Antonoyiannakis is an Associate Editor and Bibliostatistics Analyst at the American Physical Society, and an adjunct Associate Research Scientist at APAM. He has 13 years of full-time editorial experience at the Physical Review family of journals. Apart from handling research manuscripts, he is also developing tools to analyze scientific publishing and enhance research assessment.

Host: Prof. Irving Herman

Seminar 1 - “Writing a Paper”

October 20, 4:10 pm
Location: CEPSR 750

- From an outline to the first draft to the full paper

- Essential elements: Title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusions, references, figures

- Additional elements: Cover letter, supplementary material

- Deciding where to submit (Letters or archival journal? Open Access?)

- Online resources for authors

Seminar 2 - “Peer Review”

Thursday, November 17, 4:10 pm
Location: 750 CEPSR

 - Presubmission inquiry

-  Internal Review (by journal editors and/or editorial board) 

-  External review (by anonymous referees): What it is, how long it takes, what is fair to expect from editors and reviewers 

-  “Revise, respond, and resubmit” 

-  Dos and don’ts when arguing with editors/referees 

-  Appealing a rejection to the Editorial Board/Editor-in-Chief 

-  Deciding when to cut one’s losses and submit elsewhere

-  Suggested/undesirable referees

-  New models of peer review: open, double-blind, and post-publication peer review


Seminar 3 - “Citation Analysis & Performance Metrics”
February 23, 2017 4:10, pm
Location: 750 CEPSR

 -        Basic metrics: Journal Impact Factor, Median Citation Index, Eigenfactor, h-index, h5 index, Immediacy Index, etc.

-        Repeat after me: “Large journals cannot have high Impact Factors”

-        Citation distributions: basic facts & properties 

-        Citation performance: groups (journals, universities,
etc.) vs. individuals 

-        The High-Impact-Factor Syndrome and the “scourge of bibliometrics”

-        Citation databases

-        Altmetrics

-        Metrics of highlighted papers (Editors’ Choice, etc.) 

-        Sleeping beauties: What are they? How rarely do they occur? 

Seminar 4 - “Publication Ethics”
March 2017
Location: 750 CEPSR

-        Authorship

-        References

-        Priority claims

-        Reproducibility  

-        Fabricating data 

-        Plagiarism and self-plagiarism 

-        Retractions, Comments, and Errata 

-        Expanded versions of Letters

-        Being scooped: what to do to avoid it, and how to survive it

Seminar 5 - “Topics From the History & Sociology of Science Publishing”

April 2017
Location: 750 CEPSR

-        41st Chair effect 

-        Matthew effect (revisited) 

-        Groundbreaking research is often controversial 

-        Stigler’s law of eponymy

-        Sleeping beauties in science 

-        Einstein & the Physical Review 

-        Careers in science publishing 

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