From my understanding many CS conferences are highly selective and the papers are peer-reviewed. The CS field also seems to publish traditional journal articles. I do not understand the difference between the two and in particular I am curious about the advantages of having two different publication streams. The type of things I am curious about are:
- What is the difference between a paper published in a top CS conference and a top specialist journal?
- Is one more prestigious than another and if so how do they line up?
- Why not just publish conference papers as a special issues of a journal?