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, our results are not endorsed by UFMG. We also cannot assure the absence of 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. The latter 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 2014-2019. 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 journal-quality conferences, with good metrics and well-known sponsors (ACM SIGs, IEEE CS, etc). Particularly, conferences should attend the following thresholds:

We also do not track multi-conferences, since it is not possible to retrieve the h5-index of each of their individual conferences or tracks.

Furthermore, we set up a strict limit of 20 conferences per research area.

Which journals are tracked?

First, journals must be indexed by Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Second, we look for journals attending the following thresholds:

Furthermore, we set up a limit of 15 journals per research area (the exception is Operational Research, where we are indexing 20 journals; however, this area does not have conferences indexed by CSIndexbr).

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-conferences?

First, top-conferences should have:

Moreover, whenever possible we define a limit of three top-conferences per research area.

How do you define top-journals?

We define as top-journals the Transactions published by ACM and IEEE Computer Society (or IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, in the case of AI journals; or IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, in the case of Robotics journals; or INFORMS, in the case of Operational Research).

Moreover, we define a limit of three top-journals per resarch area.

What is the meaning of "other" in the journals Rank column (Stats tab)?

These journals are scored as conferences (weight 0.33, instead of 0.40). The following journals are classified in this category:

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 metadata 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:

How often is your data updated?

We are trying to push at least one update per month (including papers, citations, and arXiv preprints).