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Publishing Your Results in a Journal or as a Conference Paper

Let’s talk about getting “published”

Finding out where to publish:

There are a lot of journals out there. Some are more prestigious some are less. Some are easier to have papers accepted into and some are harder.

It’s important to chose the right journal or conference to publish the paper you want to write.

There are some predatory journals that will publish basically anything but make you pay a fee to get “published” but may set off red flags if you put the publication on your resume and the person looking sees one of them on your list of publications. It can be difficult or impossible to tell that a journal is not academically rigorous to tell based on the name alone. Here’s a list of potentially predatory journals.

I like to use this site that uses SJR(Scimago Journal Ranking) that rates journals’ quality against several metrics and feeds it into the SJR algorithm.

Publishers don’t like it if you try to publish your paper/results in multiple journals/conferences and often won’t accept any papers unless they are sufficiently (e.g >70%) new. So perhaps try submitting your paper first to the highest quality journal you think it may get accepted to then if it gets accepted, great! If not try applying to slightly less prestigious journals until you find one that accepts your paper.

Let’s start by talking about ACM(Association for Computing Machinery) Computing Surveys I’ve often heard it referred to as the shortened “ACM C-Sur”

It is ranked as Q1, meaning it’s in the top quartile of journals ranked, and in the top 1000 when last I checked.(990) And has a SJR rating of 2.357 as of 2019.

If you decide to submit to CSUR read this page on author guidelines:
This journal accepts papers in 3 formats. A long survey paper, a short survey paper, and a tutorial paper. For the purposes of what you worked on during GSoC you’re probably going to want to focus on a writing a tutorial paper. Basically, what you did, why, and how you did it.

It does not specify a page length for a tutorial. It’s 30 pages for a long survey and 15 for a short survey. So maybe try to keep it within that range or shorter and try to convey the information concisely but with enough detail for a novice to be able to replicate your results.

Here’s what CSUR has to say about submitting not original work(i.e has been published already somewhere else)

“The papers appearing in ACM journals are normally original contributions that have not been published elsewhere. Widely disseminated conference proceedings and newsletters are a form of publication, although they are usually only semiarchival and often unrefereed. Publication, or republication, of a (perhaps revised) paper that has been widely disseminated is permitted only if the editor judges that (a) the revision contains significant amplification or clarification of the original material or (b) there is a significant additional benefit to be gained from journal publication. In either case, prior appearance should be noted on the title page of the paper.”

ACM prefers papers written in LaTeX using their ACM format. Instead of downloading a LaTeX editor go to and make an account to use their online LaTeX editor.

Then pull up the ACM Journals LaTeX template

Click “ACM Journals New Master Template”
Then click “open as template”

If you want to use Microsoft word instead, go to this site,

and download the microsoft word submission template

IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference(ISEC)

This conference and its proceedings is very new. Only 10 and 4 years old it seems. It’s probably going to be the easiest to get your publication accepted to on this list at this time. It’s got IEEE(Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in the name which should help to establish to any viewers that it is a reputable conference, just VERY new.

Go to this page and click “Template for Full and WIP Papers” to download the word document template
Then click “Call For Papers” to get more information on what and how to submit your paper.


It can either be in the format of a 2-4 page “work in progress” or full paper 5-8 pages in length. They want word documents only, no LaTeX.

GSoC is an example of learning via a Community of Practice/Community of Inquiry. Coding for OpenEMR specifically also has elements of Problem Based Learning and Community Based Learning.

For this paper I recommend talking a bit about google summer of code and how OpenEMR structured the internship, paired you with a mentor, communicated with your mentor and the community at large, etc. Then maybe talk about what you learned and how you perceived the learning experience to be.

Additional options for consideration:

Health Informatics Journal:
2nd Quartile
SJR 0.582

“Health Informatics Journal is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal. All papers submitted to Health Informatics Journal are subject to peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board. The journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Representing the interdisciplinary nature of health informatics, Health Informatics Journal welcomes contributions from researchers worldwide who are working in the following areas: -informatics and telematics- the health professions- computer science and engineering- healthcare management- innovation studies. The Editor is keen to receive submissions on any subject relevant to healthcare informatics, but especially welcomes contributions on e-health, electronic patient records; knowledge management, data and text mining; support for clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice; healthcare applications of mobile (mhealth) and pervasive digital technologies; applications of social media technologies and services; telecare and telehealth; security, confidentiality; modeling of healthcare service usage, evaluation and use of healthcare IT, barriers and enablers to adoption, design and development methodologies, workplace studies, dependability of systems and services; innovations and future developments in healthcare technologies and applications.”

International Journal of Medical Informatics:
1st Quartile
SJR 0.954
“International Journal of Medical Informatics provides an international medium for dissemination of original results and interpretative reviews concerning the field of medical informatics. The Journal emphasizes the evaluation of systems in healthcare settings. The scope of journal covers: Information systems, including national or international registration systems, hospital information systems, departmental and/or physician’s office systems, document handling systems, electronic medical record systems, standardization, systems integration etc.; Computer-aided medical decision support systems using heuristic, algorithmic and/or statistical methods as exemplified in decision theory, protocol development, artificial intelligence, etc. Educational computer based programs pertaining to medical informatics or medicine in general; Organizational, economic, social, clinical impact, ethical and cost-benefit aspects of IT applications in health care.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

1st Quartile
SJR 1.187
“The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), now in its 20th year, is the pioneer open access eHealth journal and is the flagship journal of JMIR Publications. It is the leading digital health journal globally in terms of quality/visibility (Impact Factor 2018: 4.945, ranked #1 out of 26 journals in the medical informatics category) and in terms of size (number of papers published). The journal focuses on emerging technologies, medical devices, apps, engineering, and informatics applications for patient education, prevention, population health and clinical care. As a leading high-impact journal in its disciplines (health informatics and health services research), it is selective, but it is now complemented by almost 30 specialty JMIR sister journals, which have a broader scope. Peer-review reports are portable across JMIR journals and papers can be transferred, so authors save time by not having to resubmit a paper to different journals. As an open access journal, we are read by clinicians, allied health professionals, informal caregivers, and patients alike, and have (as with all JMIR journals) a focus on readable and applied science reporting the design and evaluation of health innovations and emerging technologies. We publish original research, viewpoints, and reviews (both literature reviews and medical device/technology/app reviews).”

List of JMIR “sister journals”

  • JMIR Research Protocols
  • JMIR mHealth and uHealth
    “The journal focusses on health and biomedical applications in mobile and tablet computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, wearable computing and domotics.”
    This would be a great place to write about an eventual fitbit integration if not the app development progress.
  • JMIR Medical Informatics
  • JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
  • JMIR Mental Health
  • Iproceedings
  • JMIR Formative Research
  • JMIR Serious Games
  • Interactive Journal of Medical Research
  • JMIR Human Factors
  • JMIR Medical Education
  • JMIR Cancer
  • JMIR Diabetes
  • JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies
  • JMIR Aging
  • JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting
  • JMIR Cardio
  • Journal of Participatory Medicine
  • JMIR Dermatology
  • Medicine 2.0
  • JMIR Perioperative Medicine
  • JMIR Nursing
  • JMIR Challenges
  • JMIR Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
  • JMIR Reprints

Methods of Information In Medicine
Q1, Q2, Q2
SJR 0.588
"Methods of Information in Medicine is an official journal of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI) and the international official journal of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS, in German only). Methods of Information in Medicine is directed towards the methodology and scientific fundamentals of organizing, representing and analyzing data, information and knowledge in biomedicine and health care. Publications include new methods in biomedical and health informatics, biomedical statistics and epidemiology covering biomedically and clinically motivated approaches for • Information documentation, storage, and retrieval • Knowledge management and discovery • Data integration and interoperability • Natural language processing and text mining • Statistical modeling and analysis • Data linkage • Predictive modeling and simulation • Software engineering and evaluation"

Computers in Biology and Medicine
SJR 0.834
“Computers in Biology and Medicine is a medium of international communication of the revolutionary advances being made in the application of the computer to the fields of bioscience and medicine. The Journal encourages the exchange of important research, instruction, ideas and information on all aspects of the rapidly expanding area of computer usage in these fields.”

Not considered at this time:
International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, Q4.

BMJ Health and Care Informatics, Q3