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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Expected Value = N * p

Submitted another paper today.

Keep pushing away at that N.



Blogger km said...

Not being from the academic world and all, what happens next?

'N good luck!

2/02/2007 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

N-between your teaching work this term? Impressive.

2/02/2007 8:50 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

thanks :-) it's a pretty twisty road still. first the editor takes a quick look and makes a judgment about whether to reject out of hand or not. about 30% of submissions get "desk-rejected" this way. if you survive, the editor farms the paper out to an associate editor, from where it is stripped of all identifying information and sent to three (or two, or four) reviewers. these people read the paper and dump on it (they're anonymous to the author as well, so this is called "double blind"). the AE collates their reviews and adds his/her own 2 cents, and sends it back to the editor, who then makes a decision to either reject, or ask you to "revise and resubmit" based on the comments from the reviewers and AE. this whole process takes about 2-3 months (in my field -- mileages vary). when you get the review, first you celebrate if it's an r&r. then you spend a week blowing your top at all the intemperate comments that are clear evidence that the reviewers didn't understand anything you wrote. then you collect your wits, and get to addressing all the points of revision. (as long as you're not rejected, you're still alive! if you do get rejected, you cry a little in the corner, then send the paper to a different journal.) it may take anywhere between two months to two years to revise the paper in line with the reviewers' comments, and when you get that done you send it back to the journal for the second round of review. most papers take two or three rounds before they finally get accepted -- overall acceptance rates are around 10%.

so the short answer to your question - what happens next - twiddle fingers and pray, and get to work on something else! :-D

thanks!! this is the product of last semester's effort, delayed, plus the magic labor-saving device: a good collaborator :-D

we had the first week of classes already. it's astonishing how easy it is to slip back into the groove, even though this is my first time ever at teaching three sections back to back. tiring, but that's all.

2/02/2007 9:30 AM  
Anonymous scout said...

good shit. i cant seem to get my ass on a chair and finally DOING the paper that's due today.

how do you do it, professor?

2/02/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats! whats it about?

2/02/2007 6:35 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

easy. neck on the line --> ass on the chair.

thanks and welcome back, long time! about the content of the paper - i'm sorry - i'd rather not leave any key words hanging round on this blog that google users can stumble across. suffice it to say that i'm a consumer psychologist; this paper's about a certain aspect of how consumers make decisions. sorry.

2/03/2007 12:35 AM  
Blogger Arun said...

ya, kind of got caught in the busy lane.

So, in effect, u decide if the consumer decisions are np-hard, np-easy or np-complete, I guess! :)

2/03/2007 4:58 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

i love a literate pun!

2/03/2007 11:14 PM  
Blogger gaddeswarup said...

Why not put the paper in some archive or website and go on to work on the next problem that bugs you instead of worrying about referees. I did that with a couple of papers about 5 years ago and did not publish them. People still refer to them. Later published a long paper when I was tired and had to write 20 pages of corrections. What is worse, I have to use these resultsin the next papers. If only I had waited for acouple of years before publishing it, life would have been simpler.

2/05/2007 9:07 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

i see you ended up answering your question :-D

the only thing i have to add is: *tenure*.

2/05/2007 11:42 PM  
Blogger Heh Heh said...

um, p= cites?

2/09/2007 10:46 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

heh, good point :-D
i'd meant it as probability of getting a hit, but cites is just as valid (and may even be more farsighted).

2/09/2007 11:20 PM  
Anonymous bandafbab said...

you mean far-cited!

2/10/2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


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