Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind CSIndexbr?

CSIndexbr 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 CSIndexbr. For this reason, the use of our data is at your own risk.

How to cite CSIndexbr?

Marco Tulio Valente and Klerisson Paixao. CSIndexbr: Exploring the Brazilian Scientific Production in Computer Science. arXiv abs/1807.09266, 2018. [pdf] [Bibtex]

How CSIndexbr works?

Papers are collected from DBLP. In the case of conferences, we only collect full papers, accepted in the main research track of the event. We also collect citations from CrossRef and links to preprints from arXiv (see figure).

What is the license used by CSIndexbr?

Our code is available under a MIT license and our data is available under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. This license grants free and non-commercial usage of our data, including adaptations. However, proper credit should be granted, by linking to CSIndexbr site and/or citing this paper. We also recommend to mention DBLP, since it is the primary source of the data collected by CSIndexbr.

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, industry track papers etc)?

No, in the case of conferences, we only collect full papers, describing mature and carefully evaluated work; these papers should be viewed as journal-quality papers.

Why my paper is not listed?

In the case of conferences, check if it is a full paper, published in the main track of the event, in the period 2013-2018. If this the case, please use this form and provide data about your paper.

Which conferences are tracked?

We do not intend to cover all CS conferences. Our interest is on high-quality conferences, with good metrics and well-known sponsors (ACM SIGs, IEEE CS, etc). Particularly, conferences should attend the following thresholds:

Which journals are tracked?

Journals must must attend the following thresholds:

Why JCR's impact factor is not used for selecting journals?

Because JCR has a restrict license; for example "sharing of JCR data outside a subscriber’s institution is strictly prohibited".

Why conference [Conf] or [Journal] are not covered?

We accept suggestions to track other conferences or journals. However, please check if they attend the thresholds defined in the previous questions. If you think this is the case, please use this form to inform the metrics about [Conf] or [Journal].

How is the departments score computed?

Using this formula:

where:

How do you define top and near-the-top conferences?

We combine an initial metric-based assessment with a qualitative judgment. First, top conferences should have:

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 are citations collected?

We collect citations using Crossref API. Crossref is an official DOI registration agency. Whenever a publisher asks Crossref for a DOI, it must provide several meta-data about the paper being registered, such as title, authors, date of publication, etc. Publishers can also provide the DOIs of each reference contained in the paper. In this way, Crossref is creating a database of citations; given a DOI, this database stores other DOIs that cite it.

Other questions related to citations: