論文投稿: 期刊2

近期 IEEE Communications Society 有一些新的期刊,例如 IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks 等,IEEE Signal Processing Society 也有一些新的期刊,例如 IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks 等。這些新期刊,沒有 Impact Factor (IF),也還不是被 SCI 收錄的期刊,你是否會考慮投稿到這些期刊呢?

這可能是個見仁見智的問題。我的看法是這樣的:

1. 發表論文最重要的是有人閱讀,IEEE 有廣大的讀者群,其旗下的期刊也都有不錯的名聲,即便沒有 Impact Factor 或尚未被 SCI 收錄,那都只是暫時的。網路上有一些人分享,關於 Impact Factor 的迷思:

“Just because its impact factor is not calculated by someone, it does not mean that it has no impact. What matters is that people read your work, and IEEE journals and transactions have a large readership. The impact factor is calculated from a commercial database, it is not fully objective and complete, in the sense that all journals that matter are covered.”

“I would comment that the knowledgeable community in each field knows the best journals that matter, regardless of IF / non IF.”

“Some journals with a low impact factor are of particular importance for very small research communities.”

雖然新的期刊可能 subscriber 較少,但因為 IEEE 的 subscriber 幾乎都是學校、機構訂閱整個 IEEE Xplore 資料庫,因此不論新舊期刊都可一併閱讀,比較沒有 subscriber 較少的問題。然而,在一些地方,例如台灣,較重視像 Impact Factor 這樣量化的數字,發表在新的期刊就可能較吃虧。

2. 我看到蠻多國際知名學者在這些新期刊發表文章,以及知名學者擔任這些新期刊的 Editor-in-Chief 和 Editors(例如 Prof. Michele Zorzi 現在擔任新期刊 IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking 的 Editor-in-Chief,之前他曾擔任 IEEE Transactions on Communications 的 Editor-in-Chief),這也代表這些新期刊的水平是不錯的。

3. 嘗試新期刊,猶如開疆拓土,或是購買未來的潛力股,未嘗不是好事。我自己的一篇 IEEE Wireless Communications Letters 的文章(註1),發表在該期刊的第一個卷期(volume 1, number 1),也就是說,當初投稿的時候該期刊是剛成立的新期刊,當然也沒有 Impact Factor。但這篇文章反而是我的論文中 citation 相對高的文章,至今有 42 個 citations(根據 Google Scholar)。可見 IEEE 的期刊,不論新舊,相較於其他出版商的期刊,還是較容易吸引到龐大的讀者群。

所以,我的結論是,我會考慮投稿到這些 IEEE 新期刊,但不會考慮投稿到其他出版商的新期刊。

但話說回來,這是個見仁見智的問題,有些人認為新期刊的文章的水平比傳統知名期刊(例如 IEEE Transactions on Communications 或 IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications)的文章要差,或是認為一定是當初投稿到傳統知名期刊沒上才轉投到新期刊。當然,這都是有可能的,但也未必是如此,例如我發表在新期刊的一篇文章(註2),當初是抱著「嘗試新的、有新鮮感」的心態直接投稿到新期刊,也順利被接受,並沒有投稿到任何其他地方。

註1:R. Y. Chang, S.-J. Lin, and W.-H. Chung, “New Space Shift Keying Modulation with Hamming Code-Aided Constellation Design,” IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, volume 1, number 1, pages 2-5, February 2012.

註2:C.-H. Chang, R. Y. Chang, and F.-T. Chien, “Energy-Assisted Information Detection for Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer: Performance Analysis and Case Studies,” IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, volume 2, number 2, pages 149-159, June 2016.

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