Frequently Asked Questions
Who is behind CSIndexbr?
CSIndexbr is maintained by the
Engineering Research Group, from Federal University of
Minas Gerais, Brazil. However, our results are not endorsed
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
How to cite CSIndexbr?
Please cite this paper:
CSIndexbr: Exploring the Brazilian Scientific Production in Computer Science.
Marco Tulio Valente, Klerisson Paixao.
arXiv abs/1807.09266, 2018.
How CSIndexbr works?
Papers are collected from
We also collect preprints from
arXiv (see figure).
What is the license used by CSIndexbr?
Our code is available under a MIT
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
We also recommend to mention
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:
- Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Information Systems, Databases,
Web & Information Retrieval: 10 pages
- Computer Networks, Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction: 8 pages
Do you have plans 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 last five years. 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:
- submitted > 100 papers
- acceptance < 30%
- h5-index > 20
We also do not track multi-conferences, since it is not possible to
retrieve the h5-index of each of their conferences or tracks.
Furthermore, we set up a limit of 15 conferences per
research area (the exception is Computer Networks, with 18 conferences).
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 21 journals). Finally, there is also a limit of
at most two magazines per research area.
- Why having a limit of 15 journals per area? Because our goal is
to index only the most important venues (journals or conferences) of
each area. To access the full list of publications of a researcher, please
check his/her DBLP page.
- Why JCR's impact factor is not used?
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
If you think this is the case, please
use this form
to inform the metrics about [Conf] or [Journal].
How do you define top-conferences?
First, top-conferences should have:
- submitted > 180 papers and
- h5-index > 30.
Moreover, whenever possible we define a limit of 3 top-conferences
per research area.
- Why some areas have more than 3 top-conferences or journals? Because
they are a combination or include distint areas. For example, we have
five top-conferences in Computer Networks, but it
includes Mobile Computing, which has even a dedicated ACM SIG.
- Why not divide an area with more than 3 top-conferences
in areas X and Y?
Because there are journals that publish papers both in X and Y.
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, there is a limit of 3 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:
- Magazines and journals that accept short papers (which must have at least 6 pages)
- Journals that accept more than 500 papers/year
- Journals with normalized-h5-index < 0.2
How is the departments' score computed?
Using this formula:
- score = A + (0.4 * B) + (0.33 * C)
- A = number of papers in top-venues (journals or conferences)
- B = number of papers in journals
- C = number of papers in conferences, magazines, journals that accept
short papers, or in "other" journals