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The American Institute of Computing Research openly protests the rankings of computer science at US News Global

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Ranking came out, many well-known domestic professors have similar views of "I just laugh ..."Just put it as a joke.

However, the attitude of the American academic community is different. US East Coast Time On November 11, 2017, a public statement was published on behalf of the Computing Research Association (CRA), representing more than 200 computer institutes and institutes in the United States, in protest of the rankings of computer science at the Global University published by US News.

CRA believes the USN & amp; WR rankings are ridiculous. No one working in computer science will take the rankings seriously, but the rankings themselves may seriously mislead many others.

CRA pointed out two major problems in the USN & amp; WR rankings:

First, the ranking of the literature data comes from the Web of Science, while ignoring the important impact of conference publications in the field of CS;

Second, the "academic reputation" factor used by USN & amp; WR is not reasonable.

After they came out on the USN & amp; WR Global University Rankings, they tried to contact their principal, asking them to revoke the rankings for Computer Science at the Global University, but USN & amp; WR did not respond.

The full text of the open letter translated as follows:

To Computing Research Community:

The recent rankings of computer science at Global Universities by US News & Global News (USN & amp; WR) have adversely affected USN & amp; WR readers and computer science units around the world. Last week, we sincerely asked them to revoke the rankings, but unfortunately, USN & WR declined the request.

In this rankings, the methodology used is based on journal publications collected by Web of Science, while ignoring conference publications. This approach does not accurately reflect how the CS community's research is disseminated and how researchers are accredited or influenced. In addition, the list of publications was not published, and even though some questioned the rationale for bibliographic ranking, there was no dispute about the shortcomings of the USN & amp; WR rankings. Inferred from the incorrect data, and the data is not transparent,So this is a ridiculous ranking.

Another important factor in the USN & amp; WR rankings is "academic reputation." But considering academic reputation in a large, largely unrelated community can be quite problematic. In addition, considering that people in this group have different languages, different values, different levels of resources and different goals, it is unreasonable to expect a close and accurate "academic reputation" assessment among research institutes all over the world.

Anyone who has a CS research experience will see their rankings as nonsense and ignore them. But others may be seriously misled.

The CRA held a bi-annual seminar in Snowbird in 2016, when Rober Morse, who led the USN & amp; WR rankings, also attended. Among the many projects under discussion, we have carefully discussed the use of bibliographic measures and other various issues involved. In particular, we pointed out problems with using data sources that do not include meeting indexes, and meeting indexes have a greater impact and higher citation rates than published papers. On November 1 (after the global rankings came out), we contacted Morse and pointed out the problem with the methodology used and asked them to revoke this ranking based on the source of the flawed data, but he did not respond.

We urge communities to ignore the computer science rankings of USN & amp; WR.


Susan Davidson, Chair CRA Board of Directors, Weiss Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Andrew P. Bernat, CRA Executive Director

Carla Brodley, Dean, Northeastern University

Laura Haas, Dean, University of Massachusetts Amherst

H.V. Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan

Kathryn S. McKinley, Google

Mario Nascimento, Chair and Professor, University of Alberta

Fred Schneider, Chair and Samuel B. Eckert Professor, Cornell University

Attached: 12 Indicators for University Scoring and Their Weights Used in the USN & amp; WR 2018 Global University Rankings

1, global academic reputation, 12.5%

2, regional academic reputation, 12.5%

3, published papers, 10%

4, publishing books, 2.5%

5, hold a meeting, 2.5%

6, standard papers cited impact factor, 10%

7, the number of citations, 7.5%

8, "cited by up to 10% of publications" in the cited rate of 12.5%

9. The ratio of publications to "cited up to 10% of publications", 10%

10, International cooperation, 10%

11, the number of cited papers in the field of representative quoted in "the most cited 1% of the papers in all publications", 5%

12, Publications make up "Most cited 1% of papers in all publications" Rate, 5%

The result of the global academic reputation is derived from Clarivate Analytics academic reputation surveys of experts in the field. The literature data of several other indicators come from the paper data of the Web of Science from 2011 to 2015, but the reference rates use the data as of May 30 of this year. The purpose of this is to ensure the stability and accuracy of the statistics.

So, CS domain reasonable rankings should be what is it?

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