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I have been researching a topic in Computer Science for several years now. The topic was interesting, but while I managed to get some conclusive results, I was not completely happy about them. It was like something was missing, but I knew that I really needed to talk to somebody more specialized in the topic, but unfortunately a lot of external professors that I contacted did not have enough time to collaborate. Anyway I submitted it to two conferences, which were ranked like B according to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) schema:

A* - flagship conference
A - excellent conference, determined by a mix of indicators
B - good conference, determined by a mix of indicators
C - other ranked conference venues

The final verdict at both conferences was a weak reject. So I made the corrections that the reviewers suggested and submitted it to another conference. This new conference has a rank of C, but it deals with the subject that I was making research; the final verdict was accepted as a borderline paper.

Now, the question that I have is that if I should present my paper at that conference, or should I try to fix other things and resubmit to other higher-ranked venues? For me it would be more practical to leave it as is, and let another researcher pick it up if she is so interested.

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Is "Type C Conference" a standard name which you brought into your question title, or it is just your own categorizing? If it is not a standard name, it would be a good idea to choose another title for your question. –  Enthusiastic Student Aug 2 at 14:20
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@EnthusiasticStudent: It is part of the Australian research evaluation schema, which I have linked to in the original question. –  aeismail Aug 2 at 16:46
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It is too late to change your mind now. You have already submitted the paper, which means that you have agreed to present the paper if it is accepted. –  Jukka Suomela Aug 2 at 16:48
    
yeah, but I still have not paid the subscription, so I think it is not late to change my mind, or is it???? –  Layla Aug 2 at 20:33

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You should have asked yourself this question before you submitted to the conference. Withdrawing your paper now, after it's been accepted, means you wasted a bunch of people's time (editor, reviewers, ...). Do unto others ...

Additionally, given that it was accepted as a borderline paper and was rejected at two previous conferences may be a hint that your work is not perceived as top of the line by external referees. I doubt you can shoot much higher than what you have now.

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+1. Two rejections and a borderline accept is a serious indication that this paper cannot do any better. –  Alexandros Aug 2 at 14:23
    
so should I just go for it? pay the subscription and just present the paper at the conference? –  Layla Aug 2 at 20:34
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@Layla yes, it's the best thing to do. –  Marc Claesen Aug 3 at 8:09

ERA ranking is subjective, I am not aware of peer-reviewed evidence that it works. Personally, I know conferences ranked as A, and whose quality is below acceptable. On the other hand, EuroPLoP is the premier conference for software patterns practitioners, and is ranked B in ERA.

So, do not dismiss a conference just because it is marked as C there. If it is not relevant to Australian community, it does not mean it is not relevant to European/Asian/US community. It is always better to see PC, authors published in the past editions, and other factors to make a decision, not relying on some subjective number.

BTW, there are more conference rankings:

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