Frequently Asked Questions

Who maintains CSIndex Brasil?

CSIndex is maintained by the Applied Software Engineering Research Group, from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. However, the project results are not endorsed by UFMG or any Brazilian research agency. Just as importantly, we cannot assure the absence of flaws, errors, inconsitencies, and missing entries in the data provided by CSIndex. For this reason, the use of our data is at your own risk.

How CSIndex works?

Papers are collected from DBLP. We only collect full papers, accepted in the main research track of the considered conferences.

What is your definition of a full paper?

It is a paper presented in the main track of a conference. We also apply a minimum page size threshold, such as:

Do you plan to cover short papers (including demos, tool papers, early research papers, papers in industry track etc)?

No, the focus is on full papers, describing mature and carefully evaluated work. Papers tracked by CSIndex should be viewed as journal-quality papers, although published in conferences.

Do you plan to cover journals?

Yes, but only after covering conferences in all CS research areas.

Why my paper is not listed?

Please, check if it is a full paper, published in the main track of the conferences tracked by CSIndex, in the period 2013-2018. If this the case, please use this form ot open an issue on GitHub, to provide data about your paper.

Which conferences are tracked?

We do not intend to cover all CS conferences. The number we have in mind is 15 conferences per research area.

Why conference [Conf] is not covered?

We accept suggestions to track other conferences. However, our main interest is on high-quality conferences, with good metrics and well-known sponsors (ACM SIGs, IEEE CS, etc). The conferences should attend the following criteria: submitted > 100 papers; acceptance < 30%; h5-index > 20. If you think this is the case of [Conf], please use this form or open an issue on GitHub, to inform the statistics about this conference in 2017.

How is the departments score computed?
Using this formula: score = A + (0.66 * B) + (0.33 * C), where A is the number of papers in top conferences; B is the number of papers in "near-the-top" conferences; and C is the number of papers in the remaining conferences listed by CSIndex.

How do you define top and near-the-top conferences?
We combined an initial metric-based assessment with a qualitative judgment. First, top conferences should have submitted > 180 and h5-index > 40. Next, we manually evaluated the conferences selected in each area. We checked whether each candidate conference T from an area A is distinct from the other conferences in A; we also require T to cover a broad range of topics in A, instead of being a specialized conference. We selected at most two top-conferences per area, with exceptions in the case of areas that congregate distinct sub-areas, such as Computer Architecture & High Performance Computing. Finally, we classify as near-the-top the conferences with metrics similar to the top-conferences of their areas.

How can I help so that CSIndex covers an research area X?

Please, use this form to inform basic metrics about the relevant conferences in X, in your opinion (see the required metrics in the Stats tab).

What happens when an author moves from institution X to Y?

CSIndex assigns all papers from an author to its current institution. Therefore, after moving to Y, his papers are listed as belonging to Y, even the ones produced when he was at X. The reason is that it is not trivial to automatically keep track of the past institutions of each author in our database.