Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 10:35
From: "Hofmann, Alfred, Springer DE"
To: Marian Bubak
Dear Marian Bubak,
Thank you for your reminder that we owe you the decision about KIKO 2005.
I very much regret to have to inform you that the LNCS series editors decided to
reject KIKO from publication in LNCS. The main reason is that this conference
does not meet the standards of internationality which we usually impose; depite
the involvement of several people from abroad, the PC is predominantly made up
by Polish scientists and the list of papers to be presented consists of a huge
majority of papers by Polish authors; furthermore, the scope of the conference
is rather broad and seems incoherent so that such a proceedings hardly would
meet the interest of an international audience.
From your exceelent cooperation on numerous successful LNCS projects,
your are probably aware that LNCS serves the international reserach
and development community in computer science rather than national
communities. We have clear indication from library subscribers
that they don't like proceedings being included in LNCS which
mainly reflect the state of the art from a smaller regional or
national community. One measure to restrict growth of LNCS in
the light of the boom of submissions of new proposals which we
experience presently is not to accept projects which do not reflect
the state of the art in a reasonably focused area.
Furthermore, with regard to future KIKOs, we hardly can imagine that KIKO can be
gradually developed in a fully relevant international meeting with proceedings
in LNCS unless dramatical changes are implemented. It also was said during the
evaluation of KIKO in discussion with the LNCS series editors that there is so
many other international conferences and workshops in place on software
engineering; at the other side, application and experience oriented interaction
between research communities and down to earth application professionals
certainly can better take place in smaller regional or national communities and
such meetings are probably best conducted in the mother lanuage of such
communities with proceedings published primarily to the attention of the smaller
Again, I am sorry that we cannot extend the excellent cooperation with you to
cover KIKO. I ask for your understanding of our decision.
Thanks and best regards,