I am from computer science field specifically from Computer Vision field. I need suggestion if I should list my paper which I submitted but not yet got any acceptance/rejection. I am more confused due to the fact that the conference's review process is double blind. I would not include that in my CV, but true to say my CV is not so rich yet with publications.

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    "I am more confused due to the fact that the conference's review process is double blind." - why? Please explain why that is relevant in the described question. Dec 26 '15 at 10:50
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    @O.R.Mapper I assume that OP is concerned that if he lists the paper on his CV, then the reviewer will be able to determine who submitted the paper, bypassing the double blind process.
    – user9646
    Dec 26 '15 at 14:11

The biggest factor here is the stage of your career. If you're a grad student, for whom a single submitted paper might be a very large fraction of your research output. it's OK to mention it in a CV, provided you're upfront about its submitted status. However, beyond that it's counterproductive, and should be avoided.

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    This makes sense, but still the question is, would that violate the double-blindness of review process?
    – orezvani
    Sep 21 '16 at 0:02

My experience is that "yes, it can be helpful", especially if you have good reasons to think that the papers could be accepted.

When applying to both of my postdoc positions I mentioned submitted papers in my CV. It just happened that these yet-unpublished papers were more relevant to what the positions were looking for, compared with the rest of my publications. The admission committees were apparently interested in these submitted-only papers, and had questions about them either during the interview or at some point during the admission process. In one case I proactively emailed the responsible faculty member to notify him that the paper was accepted (we had had an email exchange before, so it felt natural to update him). Overall, I think that having these papers visible in my CV helped me to get the positions.

A couple of obvious caveats:

  1. Make sure the submitted-only papers are very cleary distinguishable from the rest; put them in a different section at best.
  2. If the papers end up being rejected before you have the admission interview, having them may reflect on you negatively.
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    The question is, would that violate the double-blindness of review process?
    – orezvani
    Sep 20 '16 at 4:21

No, submitted conference papers do not go on a CV (irrespective of the review process). To the extent that getting a paper accepted at a competitive conference is valuable, that value comes from being accepted. Anyone can, after all, submit a paper to any conference or journal.

You can list your paper under an In Progress section. This is particularly valuable when you have a version of the paper available that you can link to. Without a link to a paper, it's difficult to guess what stage the project is in, but it can still be a good way to show what you are working on if you don't yet have related publications.

  • This may be field-specific. What field are you in?
    – Thomas
    Dec 26 '15 at 5:37
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    Economics, but I'd think this holds for all fields. Anyone can submit a paper to any conference, after all. To the extent that getting into a particular conference is competitive and prestigious, it gains value only once the paper has actually been accepted. Dec 26 '15 at 5:56
  • I'm from CS as well, and no, a submitted paper for a conference really doesn't have anything to it. Dec 26 '15 at 6:44
  • Although CS conference papers are peer reviewed and published as with journal papers, this answer is correct. "In progress" papers are in progress papers, no matter where you submit them. I would also refrain from writing "submitted to XXX conference/journal".
    – user7112
    Dec 26 '15 at 10:18
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    I disagree with this answer. I have always listed submitted papers in my CV, together with a link to the submission. I agree that listing a conference submission alone is pretty useless, but actually providing a link to the paper and stating its intended publication venue is not. (Note: My subfield doesn't have double-blind reviews.)
    – JeffE
    Dec 26 '15 at 15:49

I think applying for jobs is the one time that listing submitted papers (or grants) may make sense. You want to communicate the kind of person you are, and also the kind of person you see yourself becoming. Therefore, it's useful for the committee to know where you aspire to be, and what titles you are currently trying to get published. Obviously it should be very clearly flagged. I would preface the paper by unpublished (bold face) and follow it by "under review by [journal/conference name]" or even "to be submitted to [name]", or (weakest yet), just "in prep". I would only list "in prep" or "to be submitted to" if the title or coauthors communicated useful information that the committee might be interested in. I would also clearly state in the cover letter that I'd taken the unusual step of including unpublished papers and why (presumably to show that I was working on moving into the areas of interest to the committee, or that would qualify me for the recommended criteria for the position.) I'd also say when I expected to learn about whether the papers were accepted, so that they could ask about that in the interview or what not.

It's nice that you are worried about the double-blind review process, but a job is more important than a publication, and it's very unlikely your CV will be seen by one of your reviewers, so just forget about that. What you ought to be worried about is whether the committee will believe you (there's no way to verify claimed in-progress publications), or whether they do not think it's right to include unpublished papers. Most committees like as much information as possible, but some view anything deviant as suspicious. As with any job application question you should always ask the person named in the advertisement for "informal queries" about this sort of thing. That's exactly what they are listed for. Also, in my experience, contacting them this way with a sincere question improves the chances they will notice your CV. If nothing else, they know you can follow instructions and are communicative, both important skills in academia.

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