A Quantitative Evaluation of the Relative Status of Journal and Conference Publications in Computer Science

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Title: A Quantitative Evaluation of the Relative Status of Journal and Conference Publications in Computer Science
Authors: Coyle, LorcanFreyne, JillSmyth, BarryCunningham, Pádraig
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12373
Date: Oct-2008
Online since: 2021-07-30T16:26:01Z
Abstract: While it is universally held by computer scientists that conference publications have a higher status in computer science than in other disciplines there is little quantitative evidence in support of this position. The importance of journal publications in academic promotion makes this a big issue since a focus on journal papers only will miss many significant papers published at conferences in computer science. In this paper we set out to quantify the relative importance of journal and conference papers in computer science. We show that computer science papers in leading conferences match the impact of papers in mid-ranking journals and surpass the impact of papers in journals in the bottom half of the ISI rankings – when impact is measured by citations in Google Scholar. We also show that there is a poor correlation between this measure of impact and conference acceptance rates. This indicates that conference publication is an inefficient market where venues that are equally challenging in terms of rejection rates offer quite different returns in terms of citations.
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Computer Science and Informatics
Series/Report no.: UCD CSI Technical Reports; ucd-csi-2008-8
Copyright (published version): 2008 the Authors
Keywords: Academic research publicationsComputer scienceResearch impact metricsBibliometricsGoogle ScholarISI Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
Other versions: https://web.archive.org/web/20080226040105/http:/csiweb.ucd.ie/Research/TechnicalReports.html
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Computer Science and Informatics Technical Reports

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