VTK Journal F.A.Q
Does my submission have to use VTK?
The software discussed in your paper does not have to use VTK, or any other open-source package; however, your paper should somehow add to the open-source community by providing code, application details, lessons learned, etc.
Your submission should include your full-length paper (we suggest 4-5 pages, but they can be longer or shorter as you see fit). Your submission could also include associated presentation materials, data, results, and code - code is particularly welcome!
Does my VTK Journal submission have to include open-source code and data?
Not at this time. We hope, however, that your paper will focus on open-source (how you used it, how others can benefit from what you have done, etc.). The community reviews the papers, and it is important to keep the community in mind when you write your papers. The community wants to benefit from reading your paper...if not via code, then via lessons learned that apply to their work.
Also, in the future there may be Special Issues and even a complete policy change that requires future submissions to include code / data.
What should I do to submit my open-science material to the VTK Journal?
The VTK Journal typically has one and only one "issue" accepting submissions at any time. Once you've created your login on the VTK Journal website, just browse to the "Submit a new publication", click on "submit" in the right-hand column of the issue of interest, and then answer the questions and upload your paper. Some random, related notes:
* Multiple files can be uploaded as part of a single submission. There is no need to create a single .zip/gz file. For example, upload your PDF text as a single file, your code as a gzip file, and your data as a third gzip file.
* Upload your papers as PDFs. The DSpace system automatically creates indexes using the full text of PDF uploads, and those indexes are in-turn indexed by Google, Yahoo!, and other internet search engines.
* Our system does not rename uploaded files. Therefore we suggest that you give your uploaded files meaningful names. One suggested format is ----VTK JournalPaper.pdf. Another option is to include a short version of your paper's title.
* If you have problems with the submission process, email the webmaster for more information.
Please tell me more about submissions and reviews
Each VTK Journal submission is made immediately available via the Insight Journal, which is a web-based e-journal. More specifically, the reviews and your submission will be available to the public and will be indexed using a digital library "handle." More information on our digital library system and handles is at http://www.dspace.org and http://handle.net
What if people don't like my submission, can I withdraw it?
Even better than withdrawing your submission - you can improve it! We welcome revisions at any time. Your submission is a dynamic thing - if it goes well, you can add more details. If people don't "get it", you can clarify the important points. Just follow the handle address to your paper, press edit, and upload the improved version of your paper. Please, however, do not delete the old version. People can learn from the steps you took to reach that now highly regarded new version...
Paper deadline is in X weeks, why should I submit now?
Since the VTK Journal uses a fully electronic submission process, it is not surprising to see that most papers are submitted on the last day possible day, close to midnight.
We always build enough time into the process for effective reviews to be received by the paper selection date; however, since reviews can happen at any time, you might want to consider submitting your paper early. In that way, people will have even more time to read and provide positive comments on your paper.
The choice is yours...
What/who created the VTK Journal?
The original concept of the Insight Journal was developed by and fervently preserved by Dr. Luis Ibanez ([http://www.kitware.com Kitware, Inc]).
Recognizing a need for a mechanism whereby the medical image analysis community can group and share their ideas, code, data, and results, Dr. Ibanez has worked with the ISC and championed the open-science cause to make the Insight Journal a reality.
Systems behind the VTK Journal
The VTK Journal submissions are indexed and archived using digital library system called MIDAS.
The VTK Journal submission website for the 2005 MICCAI Workshop on Open-Science was implemented by Julien Jomier with contributions from Stephen Aylward, Zack Galbreath, and Tina Kapur.
The Insight Software Consortium website was designed and implemented by Julien and Matthieu Jomier using PhpNuke. Several custom modules were developed for the software and data review process. Those custom modules are being documented and will be released as open-source.
All of these web tools are running on a custom built Pentium 4 running Redhat Linux in the CADDLab's computer network. Applications being used include tomcat, pgsql, mysql, apache, ant, and numerous others.
What about my privacy?