What are the unique features of SICE Journal of Control, Measurement, and System Integration?
Ohta: Our journal emphasizes how to solve problems and synthesize systems using a systems engineering approach. We do not work on a single specific area but on areas where cyber and physical worlds interact. Control, measurement, and system integration are crucial elements for this approach.
Our journal represents a network of research communities of systems engineering in the Asian region, especially Japan. You will have access to the communities by reading and submitting papers to the journal. The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), founded in 1961, started publishing SICE Journal of Control, Measurement, and System Integration in 2008 to increase the interaction between researchers in neighboring regions. This is a complementary effort by SICE operating SICE annual conferences in English from 2002.
Takai: Our journal provides great opportunities for scholars around the world to discuss theoretical and practical issues related to a broad range of fields from control, measurement, and system integration.
In Asian countries, such as Japan and China, many scientific and technological papers are written and published in the languages of those countries. We has been receiving many submissions mainly from Japan, China, and other Asian countries. You can read in English cutting-edge research results that were only available in Japanese or Chinese in the past.
What advice would you give to prospective authors? For instance, what makes an excellent research paper?
Ohta: A research paper is a tool to convey your idea to the readers. In my humble opinion, it is important to get your message through to both the readers as well as the editorial team.
When I started my research career as a graduate student, I did not know anything about the editorial work behind the publication process. I submitted a paper and received many useful comments (though some were harsh), which helped shape my paper. I later became an Associate Editor and then an Editor-in-Chief. I now operate on the other side of the process, communicating and working with authors to develop their manuscripts.
An excellent paper should be persuasive, and should state the motivation and the ideas clearly. I would suggest discussing the presentation with the colleague before submitting the manuscript. It would be equally important to cope with comments by the editorial staff. This would be a chance to improve the presentation, especially when the comments are negative ones.
Takai: The criteria for an excellent research paper are to present novel ideas with technically sound discussions and make an impact in your field of research.
An excellent research paper is read not only by experts in the field, but also by researchers and practitioners in related disciplines. Therefore, it is important to write your paper in such a way that it can be easily understood by non-specialists. Moreover, it is important to carefully examine the text and structure of your paper and proofread it repeatedly before submission, to make it enjoyable for readers.