To focus our publication activitiy and to provide guidance to students and early career researchers, showing them what to aim for in order to gain international recognition, we keep a list of “top-tier target venues” that we aim to publish in.
In TS we believe that such a list, if not outright peer-reviewed, at least needs to be open to scrutiny. While a degree of review of the list happens through the regular external reviews of all research groups in Data61, we believe that it is best to publish the list, as well as the process we used to construct it.
In order to obtain a robust result that stands up to scrutiny, we decided on the following approach for constructing the list.
This process produced surprisingly clear results, with hardly any borderline cases. In the case of borderline venues, the group leaders used their judgement (which generally was conservative, in the sense of excluding borderline venues). Judgement is also required in the case of relatively new venues (less than five years old). Such venues, if included in the list, will require re-confirmation through the standard process within a few years.
|OS||Operating Systems||ASPLOS, EuroSys, FAST, HotOS, OSDI, SOSP, Usenix ATC||TOCS||<10%||ignore theory|
|RT||Real-time / Cyber-physical Systems||ECRTS, RTAS, RTSS||RTS||10–20%||ignore theory|
|DS||Distributed Systems||Middleware, NSDI, PODS, WWW||TOCS, TPDS||<10%||ignore theory|
|Dep||Dependability and Safety||DSN, SRDS||TDSC||20–30%||ignore theory|
|Sec||Security and Privacy||CCS, NDSS, IEEE S&P, Usenix Security||10–20%|
|CR||Crypto||CRYPTO, CHES, EuroCrypt, AsiaCrypt||JoC||10–20%|
|DB||Databases||CiDR, ICDE, SIGMOD, VLDB||TODS, VLDBJ||10–20%||ignore theory|
|PL||Programming Languages and Systems||ECOOP, ESOP, ICFP, ISMM, OOPSLA, PLDI, POPL, PPOPP||JFP, TOPLAS||10%|
|Thy||Theory and Concurrency||CONCUR, FOSSACS, ICALP, LICS, RAMiCS||I&C, JACM, LMCS, TCS||50%|
|MC||Model Checking and Verification Tools||ATVA, CAV, FM, FORMATS, HSCC, QEST, SAS, TACAS, VMCAI||FMSD, JCSS, STTT||35%|
|TP||Theorem Proving||CADE, FMCAD, ITP, IJCAR, LPAR||FAC, JAR, TCS, TOCL||25%|
|SE||Software Engineering and Software Architectures||FSE, ICSE, QoSA, WICSA/ECSA||JSS, TOSEM, TSE, SPE||10–20%|
CACM “Research Highlights”,
any ACM or IEEE Transactions
The present list was built in the first half of 2013, with minor adjustments since (removal of two borderline venues, ICDCS and ISARCS), addition of the Crypto discipline in 2016, and removal of some areas n 2017 to reflect the tighter research focus of the smaller research group in Data61.