A quantitative evaluation of the relative status of journal and conference publications in computer science

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dc.contributor.author Freyne, Jill
dc.contributor.author Coyle, Lorcan
dc.contributor.author Smyth, Barry
dc.contributor.author Cunningham, Pádraig
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-19T15:39:52Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-19T15:39:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 ACM en
dc.date.issued 2010-11
dc.identifier.citation Communications of the ACM en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2525
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Science Foundation Ireland en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ACM en
dc.relation.requires CLARITY Research Collection en
dc.rights This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Communications of the ACM Volume 53, Number 11 (2010), Pages 9-9 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/10.1145/1839676.1839701 en
dc.subject Citations en
dc.subject Google Scholar en
dc.subject Quantitative evaluation en
dc.subject.lcsh Scholarly publishing en
dc.subject.lcsh Computer science--Periodicals en
dc.subject.lcsh Computer science--Congresses en
dc.subject.lcsh College teachers--Promotions en
dc.title A quantitative evaluation of the relative status of journal and conference publications in computer science en
dc.title.alternative Relative status of journal and conference publications in computer science en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1839676.1839701
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 53 en
dc.identifier.issue 11
dc.identifier.startpage 124
dc.identifier.endpage 132
dc.identifier.doi 10.1145/1839676.1839701
dc.neeo.contributor Freyne|Jill|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Coyle|Lorcan|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Smyth|Barry|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Cunningham|Pádraig|aut| en
dc.description.admin Not ACM Communications vol 53 iss 9. When published, contact AV: set text must be added with DOI - 7/10/2010. au ti ke ab st en SB. 14/10/10 en

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