How to Write a Good Journal Paper

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Monday, May 13, 2013 - 17:00

The careers of many people depend on their success in writing and getting their papers published. More important, the scientific process requires that scientific findings be published so that other researchers may build on your ideas or refute your findings. If authors are not able to publish their papers, then their careers are hurt and scientific progress slows and stops. Therefore, it is critical that researchers and engineers understand the process of writing and getting published their papers in reputable and cited journals and scientific conferences. However, often, authors’ papers are rejected because they did not understand what reviewers, Associate Editors, and Editors are looking for in a paper, even if the technical results are good.

This presentation will cover the steps that an author should take to increase the acceptance rate of their papers in journals and conference. It will cover the reasons most papers are rejected and how an author should organize their paper to avoid those reasons. Lastly, it will present what steps you should take if your paper is rejected to get it published in the same journal or in a different journal.

About the Instructor:

George E. Ponchak received the B. E. E. degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH in 1983, the M.S.E.E. degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 1987, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1997.

He joined the staff of the Communications, Instrumentation, and Controls Division at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH in 1983 where he is now a senior research engineer. In 1997-1998 and in 2000-2001, he was a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He has authored and co-authored over 150 papers in refereed journals and symposia proceedings. His research interests include the development and characterization of microwave and millimeter-wave printed transmission lines and passive circuits, multilayer interconnects, uniplanar circuits, Si and SiC Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits, and microwave packaging.

Dr. Ponchak is a Fellow of the IEEE and an Associate Member of the European Microwave Association. Dr. Ponchak is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions Microwave Theory and Techniques, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters from 2006-2010, and he was Editor of a special issue of IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques on Si MMICs. He founded the IEEE Topical Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems and served as its Chair in 1998, 2001, and 2006. He was the General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium and he was the Technical Program Chair of the 2010 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium. He served as Chair of the Cleveland MTT-S/AP-S Chapter (2004-2006), and he has chaired many symposium workshops and special sessions. He is a member of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium Technical Program Committee on Transmission Line Elements and served as its Chair in 2003-2005 and a member of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 12 on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Packaging and Manufacturing. He served on the IEEE MTT-S AdCom Membership Services Committee (2003-2005) and was elected to the MTT-S AdCom in 2010. He received the Best Paper of the ISHM’97 30th International Symposium on Microelectronics Award.

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