The world of research is a complex one which despite myths does not exist in isolation. And publishing is another world within this world which is mythical even to most researchers. Open access models are being widely discussed, but there are trends and necessities going beyond and evaluating other, more consequent options. This post reports on the trends and options with the aim of becoming a text piece rich enough of information to initiate fruitful discussions on how we, as wider research community around service, cloud, distributed computing, should publish our work, our results and our interactions around them.
In the Service Engineering research area, we aim at producing high-quality output in terms of software, publications, lecture materials and other results. From time to time, this implies departing from old habits and taking a bit of extra effort to reach new quality levels. For publications, there are excellent tools like LaTeX to achieve a compelling layout and typesetting. Using the standard templates and the rubber tool is enough to produce a distributable PDF quickly. Now, quality and effort are seemingly in a good balance.