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I know that, especially in computer science, it's legal to publish an extended version of a conference proceedings in a journal if the 'new' content is above 30%. However,

Is it ethical (and legal), to send the extended version to a journal if the conference acceptance still not announced yet provided that I disclose the situation. Will the journal accept it?

  • "I know that, especially in computer science, it's legal to publish an extended version of a conference proceedings in a journal if the 'new' content is above 30%". Only if the journal allows that and usually for extended versions of papers already ACCEPTED at specific conferences and special issues dedicated at the conference. In your case, none of these conditions applies. – Alexandros Apr 15 '15 at 8:12
  • Please ask one question per question; I have answered your first question, about simultaneous submission. The second question, on paraphrasing vs. using the same text, is a duplicate of an existing question academia.stackexchange.com/q/12085/22733 I have accordingly removed that portion of your question. – jakebeal Apr 15 '15 at 13:26
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As Alexandros says, first you need to make certain that the journal you are submitting to allows content reuse by the typical guidelines, as not all journals do, even in CS.

Assuming that is the case, the typical custom is to wait until your shorter paper is accepted to a conference, though it doesn't matter if acceptance has been announced to anybody besides you and the conference program chairs. There is nothing hard and fast about this custom, however, since your manuscript will be separately reviewed by the journal to its own standards. Confirm with the editor that it's OK before submitting and clearly disclose the situation in the cover letter so the reviewers will know as well.

If you do this, however, you are taking a risk, because your submission to the conference may not be accepted. If your paper is rejected then you probably cannot submit to another conference. This is because the new submission would now be a subset of a paper under review, not an extension. You might thus end up with a piece of work that stays in limbo for much longer than usual (CS journals often don't have much sense of urgency, because of the existence of conferences). You need to decide whether you are comfortable with taking that risk.

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