Where to publish?

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The phrase ‘publish or perish’ is often tossed around when discussing academic life. Some consider publishing a necessary evil of academia, but if we don’t publish the work we do, how is the world to know what we have accomplished, what creative ideas we have had, what insights we have gathered and what new knowledge we have generated?

In some areas, like Chemistry, which I know best due to my ‘other life’ as a Chemistry Professor, the choice of journals to publish in is frequently straightforward. We pick a journal from a major publisher in the specific area of the research my group and I conducted, with an impact factor commensurate to the novelty of the work produced, and we go from there.

But, not every scholarly area is as straightforward, and this lack of a clear choice is compounded by the myriad of publishers and open source journals that have appeared in recent years, as a result of the move towards freely sharing research papers, either by conviction or requirements of funding agencies, as recently discussed in the New York Times.

In view of some recent reports of bogus open access journals,  here are some links for an article that may provide guidance in the choice of journals and publishers for scholarly publishing, and tools to help with the background research on those same journals and publishers.

Research Enhancement Grants – submission deadline 4/4/2016


This is a solicitation for proposals from faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno for grants through the Research Enhancement Grants (REG) program to be awarded in Summer/Fall 2016 with a 12-month performance period. The purpose of the REG program is to provide funding for activities that will lead to external funding for research. Please note that this RFP is seeking applications from faculty members who plan to re-submit a proposal that was submitted to, but not funded by a federal agency (NSF/NIH/NEH/DOD/DOE/DOT/etc).

Deliverables: A re-submission of the improved proposal to the federal agency.

Proposals will be reviewed by UNR faculty and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) on the basis of merit and significance of the proposed work and potential for the UNR investment to lead to increased extramural funding. Funding through the REG program will be available to successful applicants beginning July 1, 2016.

Guidelines for proposal preparation:

  • Proposals are limited to three pages (content, your response(s) to reviewers’ comments, and an abbreviated budget; please see original solicitation for details on the budget; see link below). In addition to the three-page proposal please include a page for References, the Cover Page, 2-page bio-sketch (the NSF/NIH format should be followed unless another federal agency is being targeted that uses a different format), and funding agency reviewers’ comments and panel summary. The Cover Page can be found in the original solicitation (see link below).
  • For NIH submissions only A1 versions of the re-submissions will be accepted.
  • The attached forms are to be included with the proposal. The RFP and the forms can also be obtained at http://www.unr.edu/research-and-innovation/researcher-resources/awards-funding or from the OVPRI.
  • Each proposal must be forwarded through the Dean of the Principal Investigator’s (PI) college.
  • Budgets should be brief (please see the original solicitation for details) but clear and justified.
  • REG proposals that include specific and necessary research activities needed in order to respond to federal agency feedback (e.g. collection of additional pilot data; re-analyses of existing data, etc.) are especially appropriate for this funding mechanism. The primary purpose of these funds is not merely to incentivize faculty time and effort in grant writing – that is an expectation in most faculty role statements.
  • Include an explanation of how funds provided by UNR will lead to an increased probability of acceptance and thus to increased extramural funding for research at UNR. Please be specific.

In addition to recommendations by Deans and reviewers, other criteria that will be used by this office to evaluate REG program proposals for funding include:

  • Resubmission of the proposal to the agency must occur during the one-year period of the funded REG program award.
  • Total funding available in this cycle is $100,000. It is anticipated that 4 to 6 awards will be made.
  • Conservative budgets will improve competitiveness, but are negotiable. Funding requests should not exceed $25,000. Please include fringe benefits on all salaries. Do not include any F&A costs.
  • Matching funds from your department/college/external sources are not necessary. However, matching funds will be necessary if your needs exceed $25,000.
  • Equipment is not an allowable expense unless it is supported by cost share from the department or college.
  • Faculty receiving awards must commit to submitting proposals to external funding agencies, and to have the proposals reviewed by an external review company before submission to the external funding agency.
  • PI’s demonstrated success in submission of proposals, and winning awards from external funding agencies.

Deans are requested to rank, sign, and forward proposals from their units to Ana de Bettencourt-Dias (abd@unr.edu), Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, Ross Hall, Room 201 by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016

NSF-EPSCoR RII Track 1 Networking Meeting

If you are interested in participating in a team for a state-wide NSF-EPSCoR RII Track 1 submission, join us on 3/4 2-4 pm JCSU 422. Please RSVP to Ana de Bettencourt-Dias (abd@unr.edu).



New PI workshop

Today, 1-3:30 pm, new PI workshop organized by OVPRI in DMS 102.

Cyber Security Conference

We had excellent attendance and great energy in the room during the Cyber Security Campus Conference.

Check out the pictures:

Dr. Betsy Cooper from UC Berkeley's Center for Long Term Cyber Security

Dr. Betsy Cooper from UC Berkeley’s Center for Long Term Cyber Security

UNR's own Jim Elste

UNR’s own Jim Elste above and Mehmet Gunes below

Mehmet Gunes

Lunch and poster session

Lunch and poster session


Deep Web Documentary Viewing

Todd Shippley from Vere Software and Mehmet Gunes from the Computer Science and Engineering Department were the panelists at the viewing of the Deep Web documentary on the trial of Scott Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road. An amazing story with plenty of food for thought on government oversight, personal freedom, drug depenalization, etc.

We had about 40 people attending and a lively discussion at the end.



CyberSecurity Conference Program

UNR’s Campus Conference on Cyber Security is this Thursday, February 11, 2016 in The Great Room of the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The schedule is:

8:30 – 9 am – Registration

9 – 9:10 am – Opening Remarks by Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, Associate Vice President for Research

9:10 – 10 am – Plenary Talk by Dr. Betsy Cooper, Executive Director of the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley speaking on’Building a Cybersecurity Future: Developing a Long-Term Cyber Security Agenda’

10 – 10:15 am – Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:45 am – James Elste, College of Business, speaking on ‘Weaponized Malware: How to make a “killer” app’

10:45 – 11:15 am – Antonio Rucci, Owner @Insider Threats, speaking on ‘IOT Dependencies and Cyber Security Implications’

11:15 – 11:45 am – Dr. Mehmet Gunes, College of Engineering, speaking on ‘Anonymizer Technologies’

11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch break (for registered participants only) and poster session

1:00 – 1:30 pm – William Olsen, Director of Infrastructure Services at NV Energy, speaking on ‘Cyber Security in a Critical Infrastructure Business’

1:30 – 2 pm – Dr. Ming Li, College of Engineering, speaking on ‘Achieving Privacy Protection and Service Correctness for Location-Based Services’

2 – 2:10 pm – Concluding Remarks by Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Posters will be presented by:

Nitin Akarte, Vice President at TaaSera ‘Next generation cyber security-pre-breach detection system’

Dr. Dave Croasdell, College of Business, ‘The Real ID Act: Motivations and Application’

Iman Vakilinia, College of Engineering, ‘Cash payment settlement for cyber physical systems with privacy’


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