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Ranking Publication Outlets for Information Security Research



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 10, Number 2 (2014)
Pages 3757
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Nicole Beebe — The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Jan Clark — The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Priya Padmanabhan — The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Frederick Chang — The Southern Methodist University, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




This research developed ranked lists of scholarly publication outlets forinformation security research, which is important for readers, authors, and institutions. We followed a two-step survey process: carrying out a free-recall survey to identify the “basket” of publication outlets for ranking,followed by a second survey to rank the outlets that were identified in the basket. The final ranking lists are supported by an average of n=111respondents per venue, with some venues being evaluated by as many as n=267 respondents. The ranked lists accomplish the following: 1) reflect thecomputer science and information system perspectives both together and independently; 2) accommodate sub-discipline diversity within the field; 3) include conference and journal venues; and, 4) evaluate traditional and pure information security venues. Our findings suggest that several currently unranked information security publication outlets (so called “C-list” outlets)may be considered high-quality (“A-list”). We also found that the perceivedquality of many pure information security venues exceeds traditional venues,and that the perceived quality of many information security conferences exceeds journal venues.




Publication rank, Information Security, Ranked Lists, Publication Venues, Free-recall Survey, Information Security Conferences.




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