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Suppose we design a prototype for a new product that is indeed novel.

Would writing a paper on such a thing be useful as mostly the papers talk about new algorithms or their upgrades or some new theory ?

I am talking about just a new product that does something better than the existing ones but uses old algorithms and research.

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  • Useful to whom?
    – JeffE
    Aug 30 '13 at 21:58
  • @JeffE Depends upon the application like it could be for business analytics, advertising etc. Aug 31 '13 at 3:23
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This is something that I have been doing. If I understand your question correctly, you are looking at a new product using existing algorithms and techniques. If this is the case, the answer is yes: many journals will welcome this, as I have found. I have also taken an existing technology, aspects of existing algorithms, based on existing research and developed a brand new technique.

A couple of caveats though:

  • You will need to make the specific context to which it will be used crystal clear, this must be the focus.
  • You must give full credit for the prior information and techniques.
  • You must fully justify why such an altered technique is useful, what are the implications and benefits of such a product.
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  • If such journals are there then it is good. The only issue would be to find such journals. I will have to search such journals. Aug 31 '13 at 3:52
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So basically you are finding a new (and maybe promising) application to an existing technique X. If that's the case then yes. You are showing a new perspective of X applicability to real domains.

This is specially important when the applicability of X is questionable (i.e. X literature lacks real applications for it), then definitely this seems strong findings.

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