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Title: How to Write a Good Paper in Computer Science and HowWill It Be Measured by ISI Web of Knowledge
Author(s):  Răzvan Andonie;  Ioan Dzitac;  
Keywords:  scientific publication, publication assessment, plagiarism, reviewing,
bibliometric indices.

Andonie R., Dzitac I., How to Write a Good Paper in Computer Science and HowWill It Be
Measured by ISI Web of Knowledge,
International Journal of Computers Communications & Control, ISSN 1841-9836, 5(4):432-446, 2010.
The academic world has come to place enormous weight on bibliometric measures to assess the value of scientific publications. Our paper has two major goals.First, we discuss the limits of numerical assessment tools as applied to computer science publications. Second, we give guidelines on how to write a good paper, where to submit the manuscript, and how to deal with the reviewing process. We report our experience as editors of International Journal of Computers Communications & Control (IJCCC). We analyze two important aspects of publishing: plagiarism and peer reviewing. As an example, we discuss the promotion assessment criteria used in the Romanian academic system. We express openly our concerns about how our work is evaluated, especially by the existent bibliometric products. Our conclusion is that we should combine bibliometric measures with human interpretation.
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