to complete the procedure. After reporting the issue, without being provided with a solution, I exported each single page from the pdf generated by latex and imported them as images in a .docx file. Awful, but hey! the system was happy.
6) The paper was accepted, but today I received an email saying that the production process Is on hold BECAUSE THE SOURCE FILES ARE NOT EDITABLE (oh, really?). So I just sent the latex source files by email.

To be continued... 4/4

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(that went to a different editor, I guess), and the same exact files worked like a charm.
5) I got reviews after about three months, and was asked for a revised version with minor editorial changes (e.g. change a table because the journal template was revised during the reviewing process). I updated the manuscript, and SURPRISE! LATEX IS NOT SUPPORTED in a revised version. You MUST submit the revised manuscript in word (.docx) format, otherwise the submission system does not allow you 3/n

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because (believe it or not)we had provided three key words instead of four. I added a keyword and went through the submission procedure again, but this time the system failed miserably: the final pdf included the pdflatex log file instead of the actual pdf.
3) We spent more than a month on this silly issue, going back and forth with both the editor and the submission system helpdesk, but there was no way to solve it.
4) I eventually gave up, created a new submission from scratch 2/n

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Almost out of a rather awkward (to be nice) submission and reviewing process with an Elsevier journal. Definitely the last one with them.
1) The article, prepared in latex, was submitted using the editorialmanager website. You have to submit cover letter, paper info and the source files, and the system generates a submission file including the pdf generated from the latex source files. Not particularly user friendly, but it worked.
2) The editor immediately returned the paper back to us 1/n

Last week, in my course on information seeking/retrieval, I dedicated a class to watch "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" :OpenAccess:
I explained that now I can chose to publish only in OA journals and that I decline reviews if the journal is not OA. But during my PhD most of the times I felt forced to publish in "journals with the highest impact factor" and not OA due to the criteria of the University. I like the quote by Lars Bjørnshauge in the capture attached:

#informationscience #informationtheory #artificialintelligence

Today is Claude Shannon's birthday and while I'm influenced by his work, a cringe bit of trivia about him: he wrote to L Ron Hubbard, claiming his work was interesting :yikes:

"Workplace gender equality initiatives should therefore tackle any inequities of consequences rather than encouraging women to 'lean in' and take more risks."

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Study (N=2280) finds no gender diffs in initial risk taking. But men reported more positive consequences than women. Women aren't risk adverse. They avoid risks when the risk-taking may lead to less rewarding consequences.

Find yourself in need of a better automatic translator than Google? Give a try to DeepL

It’s more secure and privacy-aware than Google, and translations are more nuanced and efficient.

For the out there who still struggle with their adoptive language, I’ve used DeepL a lot for preparing conversations and understanding Swedish, and it’s really amazingly good.

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So I see that reviewing the reviews to your paper is now a thing. I am terrified that they will ask the reviewers to review the reviews to their reviews, the thing will become recursive and we will all die trapped in an endless reviewing loop.

Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?

Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩

I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!

(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)

Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

A. Generozov: The Milky Way's supermassive black hole sometimes ejects stars. There are stars real close-in that have been measured over many yrs (Nobel prize!) He showed a mind-blowing visualization, I think this one? Worth a watch, wow.


This is amazing footage from NASA. It's also a good reminder how totally arbitrary our situation is on Earth, with one perfectly round moon eclipsing the perfectly round sun, both sharing a nearly identical apparent diameter. I wonder how different our mythologies and cosmologies would have been if this is what we saw in the sky instead. 🌞🌚

Just finished preparing the camera ready version of a conference paper I will present in June in Finland (hopefully, if COVID, Putin, Biden, and friends agree...). Time for a beer!

3) ThingsLocate: A ThingSpeak-Based Indoor Positioning Platform for Academic Research on Location-Aware Internet of Things (2019)

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2) ViFi: Virtual Fingerprinting WiFi-based Indoor Positioning via Multi-Wall Multi-Floor Propagation Model (2020)

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I will put here links to a few of my recent papers, just to put my introduction in context.
1) Mo3: A Modular Mobility Model for Future Generation Mobile Wireless Networks

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Hi everybody! I work on wireless communications and ICT, mostly on Ultra Wide Band, mobility modelling and indoor positioning technologies and their application to worker safety and cultural heritage fruition. Hope to get in touch with fellow researchers and interact on common research interests!

Have you always thought that finding papers related to your research was sometimes complicated? Have you missed obvious links just because of the wrong keyword or bad luck?
Well, have a look at !

This website builds graphs of connected papers (really? I would never have guessed! 😅) based on a single paper you give it as input. Really cool to find less well know authors, to see who your work related to... A must have for literature reviews!

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