Where is it best for an AGT/E researcher to publish his research? How do we evaluate a CV in the AGT/E area?
As the number of young researchers in the AGT/E area increases, and as lower level hiring/promotion/tenure/grant committees need to “justify” their decisions to higher-up committees, it may be helpful to have some explicit discussion of the matter. I am talking about the “domain-specific” knowledge of what carries a signal of excellence in AGT/E rather than the usual debates about the importance and pitfalls of various bibliometrics, rankings, recommendation letters, committees, etc, which obviously apply to AGT/E as well.
I would like to open this up for discussion, but let me start with my own impressions.
- AGT/E is interdisciplinary with most work currently coming from the following scientific communities (a) CS theory (b) AI (c) Networking (d) game theory (e) economic theory (f) operations research. The best publishing venues can either belong to any one of these disciplines or can be in interdisciplinary forums.
- Judging disciplinary publishing venues is according to the standards in that field. E.g. in economics the highest quality signal is publication in one of the “top 5” journals (of which for AGT/E probably means in Econometrica). Similarly, publications in top OR journals (or even general management science ones), or in the top GT journal, GEB, carry a signal of significance. In the CS disciplines, conferences count most (FOCS/STOC and then SODA in CS theory, AAAI/IJCAI in AI, and SIGCOM and then INFOCOM in networking.)
- The top interdisciplinary forum in AGT/E is the ACM EC conference. The top “web” conference WWWC may be considered another top interdisciplinary venue. There is no serious AGT/E per-se journal yet. Other recognized well-regarded (but not top) truly AGT/E conferences are WINE and SAGT.
- In general, publication in a “top venue” in any one of the possible disciplines is a strong signal. Still, not all these signals are of the same strength. While it is hard to compare between the top forums in the different disciplines, at the risk (and hope) of drawing some anger among my readers, let me try my own (subjective) assessment of the signal strength from the top venues (that I’m more or less familiar with) in the different types of disciplines: Econometrica > STOC/FOCS > EC > WWWC > GEB > AAAI/IJCAI.
- Publishing in a top conference and then the journal version in a top venue of another discipline is a plus. An invited paper to a special journal issue collecting papers from a conference is a plus.
- Citation counts are more significant than the venue of publications. Currently Google scholar is the citation count to use.