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Write+Review+Revise=Publish! ISSST2018

ISSST submit review publish process(1)

ISSST scholarship is improved by review of extended abstracts, presentation of draft conference papers, and (finally) submission of manuscripts to special issues of our partner journals.  Each manuscript starts as an extended abstract reviewed by the Technical Committee.  Accepted authors then submit draft conference papers for circulation and presentation among the ISSST participant.  Finally, one month after ISSST, the final manuscripts are due to the special issue Guest Editors.


The purpose of ISSST is to accelerate the formation of what we call a Conoscente, which is a new word we coined during a the ISSST2013 Cincinnati keynote address.

A Conscente is a group of knowledgeable acquaintances.  It is a scientific society for the 21st century that transcends the technology of the printing press to include digital media and advanced information-communication-technologies (ICT) for the co-creation and sharing of expert knowledge.

Despite the emphasis on digital forms of interaction, traditional forms of publication are still important to archiving and organizing knowledge, and to the tenure and promotion cases of junior faculty.  Therefore, one of the goals of the Conoscente is to strengthen and streamline traditional peer review by incorporating digital tools.

One of key elements of disrupting peer review is the in-real-life (IRL) ISSST itself.  When done well, ISSST gives authors an opportunity to receive real-time feedback from ISSST participants engaged in their topic, and in a way that will get their work to publication faster.

The ISSST Session Chairs are the linchpin of this IRL review process.  They moderate the presentation sessions, they manage submission of the draft conference papers, and they facilitate feedback to authors.  Consequently, it is essential that the Session Chairs be experts in the areas in which they are serving, and serve as Conoscente leaders in guiding the production of scholarship.

Lastly, ISSST Session Chairs have the opportunity to co-author an editorial for publication in the archival record of their ISSST theme.  This publication is one way of crediting their contribution to the transformation of the production of science scholarship.

The Guidelines for ISSST2018 Session Chairs can be found at this link

Solar Panels Might Not Help CO2 Reduction Any Time Soon

Energy Vulture

by Emil Morhardt

The main considerations in whether and where to install photovoltaic (PV) panels are how much sun there is, and how much the panels cost. Right? Not necessarily. Engineers at Arizona State University have just published a paper pointing out that if a goal of installing photovoltaics is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, it would be prudent to consider the emissions from manufacturing—which vary significantly by panel type—how long they stay in the atmosphere, and whether or not the installation is competing with other renewable energy sources rather than with fossil fuel burning. Because of the greenhouse gases associated with manufacturing, all panel installations increase greenhouse effects in the short term, although the initial two-year effect is to reduce them owing to sulfur and nitrogen oxides released from power plants during manufacture.

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Instructions for Authors

Instructions for authors attending ISSST2014 has been posted here.

You will find information on your accepted paper(s), including the template to follow, links to necessary websites for uploading your paper, information on peer reviewing and the structure for commenting and revising papers, and a timeline for all these activities.

Please refer to the link above for all information. This can also be found by choosing the ‘Instructions for Authors’ link under ‘Authors’ at the top of the page.