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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS • Open Access

In Praise of the Null Result
Author(s): Chris A. Mack

Paper Abstract

As I discussed in my last editorial,1 there are four criteria for judging whether a paper should be published in a given scientific journal: 1) does the paper’s content match the scope of the journal; 2) is the quality of the work and writing sufficiently high; 3) is there something novel being presented; and 4) is the paper sufficiently significant. This last criterion, paper significance, is a tricky one since significance lies in the mind of the reader. Still, editors and reviewers must do their best to judge both how important the problem being addressed by the work is, and how big of an advance over the prior literature this work represents.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2014
PDF: 2 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. 13(3) 030101 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.13.3.030101
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 13, Issue 3
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Chris A. Mack, SEMATECH Inc. (United States)

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