How to understand evaluation criteria
for CS researchers.
By JacquEs WainER, michaEl EcKmann,
siomE GolDEnstEin, anD anDERson Rocha
soMe CoMPuter sCienCe researchers believe
different subareas within CS follow different
publishing practices, so applying a single production
criterion would be unfair to some areas. It is
reasonable to believe the subarea of, say, theory
follows different publishing practices from
We defined cs areas by selecting and
combining people and publication venues.
Journal productivity differs across
cs areas, but differences in total
productivity are less than we expected.
the mean number of citations per paper
varies depending on area.
subareas like software engineering
and image processing. Scientific advances in theory are often bounded by
the time needed to prove theorems.
Moreover, at most institutions, CS
faculty whose work involves theory
advise fewer students and are thus
likely to produce fewer publishable
results per year.