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My question is simple: If you have a paper that got rejected two or three times (border-line* rejects every time) from top-tier conferences, would you polish it and resubmit it again to similar or another high rank conference or would you try some lower rank venues ?

* Border-line reject: every time got 2 good reviews and 1 bad review.

P.S. Every time the paper got vague suggestions like: compare with this or that. And the first and second time we DID in fact address all concerns, but another concern showed up next time.

P.P.S. I am concerned with CS conferences.

Thank you.

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I would not continue submitting the same paper to top-tier conferences after three rejections. The Universe Has Spoken. Move On.

Many of my colleagues do submit such papers to lower-tier conferences, but I usually just send my papers directly to journals after two conference rejections.

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I think my plan is to go for a second-tier conference and later try to extend the paper for a journal submission. – NeoN Dec 27 '13 at 23:45

There is only so long any paper, whether it be for a conference or for a journal, should be held up in the review process. While it is stuck in review, other people may be able to publish similar (or stronger) results, at which your work loses the "novelty" factor, which will make it less competitive in the future.

At a certain point, you have to cut your losses and move on. Where that point of diminishing returns for presenting in a top-tier conference is depends upon your risk tolerance. But I'd much rather get my paper presented or published somewhere within a year in a second-tier conference than wait for two years to present at a top conference.

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I guess I should do the same and perhaps submit to a second-tier conference. Unfortunately the conference publication game is becoming more like a random game of luck these days... – NeoN Dec 27 '13 at 23:31
Not only luck but politics. I look these days at lots of researcher's profiles and participate in number of talks about publications. What I learnt is that publication has 3 legs; quality, chance, and politics. However, sometimes politics is more effective than two others, especially when you see that a publisher who has couple of papers published in top-tier X conference (in the same year), was accidentally organizing member of that event!!! I don't extend such attitude to all CS researchers, but that minimal politics happens and cause you and other unconnected researchers to miss the slot. – Espanta Dec 28 '13 at 7:05

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