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Prof. Dr. Mark Sanderson: "Conferences vs. journals in computer science" Mon, 07/15/2019 13:00 - 14:00

Datalab Seminar Talk: Prof. Dr. Mark Sanderson (RMIT University, Melbourne), Conferences vs. journals in computer science, Room TH 343, Mon, 07/15/2019 13:00 - 14:00

At Monday, 15th July from 13:00 to 14:00, we have a very interesting talk from Prof. Dr. Mark Sanderson (RMIT University, Melbourne).

The event takes place in the room TH 343.

Here is the title and the abstract of the talk. For more Information see Marks Homepage http://marksanderson.org/

Title: Conferences vs. journals in computer science

Abstract: The question of which type of Computer Science (CS) publication– conference or journal – is a common fight between computer scientists and university administrators. An undergraduate student and I examined the citations of over 195,000 conference papers and 108,000 journal papers. We looked at two means of evaluating the citations of journals and conferences: h5 and average citations per paper; it is found that h5 has certain biases that make it a difficult measure to use (despite it being the main measure used by Google Scholar). Results from the analysis show that CS, as a discipline, values conferences as a publication venue more highly than any other academic field of study. The analysis also shows that a small number of elite CS conferences have the highest average paper citation rate of any publication type, although overall, citation rates in conferences are no higher than in journals. It is also shown that the length of a paper is correlated with citation rate.

About the speaker: Mark Sanderson is Professor of Information Retrieval at RMIT University where he is head of the RMIT Information Retrieval (IR) group. Mark received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 1997. He has raised over $10 million dollars in grant income, published hundreds of papers, and has over 9,000 citations to his work. He has 25 current and/or past PhD students. In collaboration with one student, Mark was the first show the value of snippets, a component of search engine interfaces which are now a standard feature of all engines. One of Mark's papers was given an honourable mention at SIGIR's 2017 test of time awards. Mark has been co-editor of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval; associate editor of IEEE TKDE, ACM TOIS, ACM TWeb, and IP&M; and served on the editorial boards of IRJ and JASIST. Mark was general chair of ACM SIGIR in 2004. He was a PC chair of ACM SIGIR 2009 & 2012; and ACM CIKM 2017. Prof Sanderson is also a visiting professor at NII in Tokyo.