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Successor Papers


Approved June 2, 2003

A "successor paper" is defined as one that reviews, critiques, corrects, expands, or generally depends heavily on a paper previously published in TODS, termed the "predecessor" paper.

There is precedent for TODS publishing successor papers, published as technical correspondences.

In TODS Volume 8, Issue 4 (December 1983), William Kent responds to a paper by Aho, Beeri and Ullman. In that same issue, Ullman responds to Kent's technical correspondence.

In TODS 1987, issue 3 of volume 12, Arthur Keller responds to a TODS paper by Bancilhon and Spyratos that appeared in TODS volume 6.

TODS has not (yet) published any errata, but other ACM journals have.

There is also SIGMOD Digital Review available for reviews and critiques. Ling Liu is open to publishing successor papers in SIGMOD Record, and is considering a quarterly feature with a separate editor.

In a way, each paper published in a conference or a journal is a reaction and extension of the papers that came before it. So the entire archival record can be viewed as a formalized conversation with an elaborate set of rules.

In summary, there exist a collection of venues/forums (TODS, other journals, conferences, SIGMOD Record, SIGMOD Digital Review), each with differing editing and reviewing criteria, available for such scholarly discussion.

This policy concerns TODS specifically. In handling such submissions, the archival and scholarly nature of TODS should be maintained.

TODS will continue to consider publishing reviews, critiques, expansions, and errata of previously published papers, by authors of those papers and by others. Such submissions will be reviewed similarly to original manuscripts. The reviewers will generally include at least one reviewer of the published paper and at least one independent reviewer. For successor papers authored by anyone other than the exact author list of the predecessor paper, the authors of the predecessor paper will be given the opportunity to submit a response, which is handled as (yet another) successor paper.

The following paragraph will be added to the Submission Instructions, at the end of Types of Papers.

Finally, TODS welcomes submissions that review, critique, correct, or expand on a paper previously published in TODS. Such submissions will go through the standard formal review. Where appropriate, the author(s) of the original paper will be given an opportunity to respond, with their own submission. (As an example, in TODS Volume 8, Issue 4 (December 1983), William Kent responds to a paper by Aho, Beeri and Ullman. In that same issue, Ullman responds to Kent's technical correspondence.)
 
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