Q: Can a conference paper be submitted to a journal?
I want to know if a paper presented at the ECCE conference can be submitted to a journal? In case it can be submitted, how much of it should I revise and what percentage of the content can be the same as the ECCE paper?
When a paper is presented at a conference, it is generally not complete. The general practice is to present a preliminary analysis at the conference and reserve the detailed analysis for a full paper. The purpose of presenting your research at a conference is to inform people about your study and get feedback from them. So once you receive the inputs, you might want to incorporate them in your paper. Thus, the paper that you will submit to the journal will definitely be an improved and a more detailed version of the one you presented at the conference.
Regarding the extent and nature of revisions, it is advisable to change the title so that people do not confuse the conference paper for the journal paper or vice versa. Additionally, make all the enhancements based on the feedback of the conference review process and the discussion at the conference. Since conference papers generally state the preliminary results, include any new results in your journal paper. The percentage of revision required may be field specific and journal specific, but a minimum of 30 per cent revision is a must in most cases. Carefully go through the submission policy for previously published conference papers that are usually provided under author guidelines and make sure your paper follows all the guidelines.