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: Freyne, Jill
Coyle, Lorcan
Smyth, Barry
Cunningham, Pádraig
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2525
Date: Nov-2010
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 an exclusive focus on journal papers 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 im- pact 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.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: ACM
Journal: Communications of the ACM
Volume: 53
Issue: 11
Start page: 124
End page: 132
Copyright (published version): 2010 ACM
Keywords: CitationsGoogle ScholarQuantitative evaluation
Subject LCSH: Scholarly publishing
Computer science--Periodicals
Computer science--Congresses
College teachers--Promotions
DOI: 10.1145/1839676.1839701
Other versions: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1839676.1839701
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:CLARITY Research Collection
Computer Science Research Collection

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