Written Discussions and Closures
of IAS technical papers are strongly encouraged by the Society.
Discussions should be limited to 1500 words, or the equivalent
if figures are part of the Discussion. Discussions covering
material of two or more papers are unacceptable, except in cases
where the papers being discussed are parts of a symposium.
Discussions of conference papers
rarely are available in time to be included in the Conference
Record containing the discussed paper. However, such simultaneous
publication of the paper, its Discussion, and even a Closure
by the paper's author sometimes can be prearranged by the conference
Session Organizer when the topic being covered, and probable
interest of the industry therein, warrants such actions. All
other written Discussions should be sent to the Session Chairman
of the conference where the paper was presented within three
weeks following presentation of the discussed paper. The Session
Chairman will then send the Discussion to the author of the
paper discussed with a request that he prepare a Closure to
the Discussion to be returned to the Session Chairman within
three weeks. The Discussion and Closure will be published with
the paper in the TRANSACTIONS, if the conference paper itself
is approved for TRANSACTIONS publication.
Discussions and Closures of
TRANSACTIONS papers will be published in the same issue as the
discussed paper whenever it is practical to do so. When simultaneous
publication is not possible, Discussions and Closures will be
published in the next available issue, as dated by their receipt
by the TRANSACTIONS Editor. A Discussion should be sent by its
author to the TRANSACTIONS Editor within three weeks (at latest)
of the discussed paper's appearance in the TRANSACTIONS. The
Closure to a Discussion should be sent to the Editor by the
discussed paper's author within three weeks following that author's
receipt of the Discussion from the Editor.
For the name and mailing address
of the TRANSACTIONS Editor, refer to the back cover of any recent
issue of the TRANSACTIONS.