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Appendix B: Comparing Journal and Conference Publication
Pages 135-139

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... TIME TO PUBLICATION As mentioned earlier, long delays to publication are a major hindrance to progress in experimental computer science and engineering (ECSE) .i Long publication delays also affect recognition and can be a problem in considering tenure and promotion cases.
From page 136...
... Conferencea PLDI 2.3 7.3 ISCA 2.6 6.2 ASPLOS 2.5 7.0 SOSP 3.0 7.8 OOPSLA 2.6 7.2 SIGGRAPH 2.3 6.8 Average 2.5 7.0 Journalb TOPLAS 24.0 32.4 TOCS 17.0 21.3 IEEE TOC N/A 32.2 IEEE TSE N/A 29.2 aPLDI, conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation; ISCA, International Symposium on Computer Architecture; ASPLOS, conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems; SOSP, Symposium on Operating System Principles; OOPSLA, conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications; SIGGRAPH, conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Graphics. bTOPLAS, Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (published by ACM)
From page 137...
... With the rapid advances in experimental computer science, timeliness is critical. One way of seeing how important timeliness is and how it is affected by publication time is to look at the citations in published papers.
From page 138...
... It is worth noting that a positive feedback loop may have occurred in ECSE. In particular, the need for rapid publication has driven many academic experimentalists away from journal publication, perhaps resulting in a reduction of the pressure on journals to publish.2 By contrast, other fast-moving disciplines make use of journals with rapid publication times; an informal survey of materials science and biotechnology journals indicates mean publication times on the order of several months, rather than the years that characterize CS&E journals.
From page 139...
... . It is much harder to determine the acceptance rates for journals, because comparable statistics are not kept and the long reviewing process makes it difficult to determine the final outcome of a paper.

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