This “CV of Failures” was heavily inspired by the CV of Failures of Jessica Vitak. While academia is full of failure, we only know about the success of our peers. Since rejections is part of the process (e.g., acceptance rate in software engineering venues are often around 20%–30%), I think people should talk more about failure.

I don’t like rejections, but I try to see rejections as an opportunity to improve even further. Still, if you have many rejections, it might also indicate that you have been working hard. As so, by 2021, my goal is to have 100+ rejections.

My list of rejections are in the following (this list is incomplete; some are just too old that I cannot recall).

Journal papers rejected (15)

  • IEEE Computer: 2018
  • IEEE Software: 2015 (2x), 2017, 2018 (2x)
  • Empirical Software Engineering Journal: 2017, 2018
  • Information and Software Technology: 2016 (2x)
  • Journal of Systems and Software: 2017 (2x)
  • Journal of Internet Services and Applications: 2018
  • PeerJ Computer Science: 2018
  • Software: Practice and Experience: 2014, 2018

Conference papers rejected (26)

  • ASE: 2014
  • ASPLOS: 2015
  • SBLP: 2013, 2015
  • CSMR: 2014
  • EASE: 2016
  • ECOOP: 2014
  • ESEM: 2016, 2017, 2018 (2x)
  • FSE: 2018
  • GPCE: 2015
  • ICSE: 2017 (2x), 2019
  • ICSME: 2012, 2016 (2x), 2017, 2018
  • SANER: 2015, 2018
  • SIGCSE: 2019
  • XP: 2017
  • WTDSoft: 2018

Grant proposals rejected (9)

  • BASA research grant, 2018 (budget: U$ 30,000)
  • Ford Foundation Grant, 2018 (budget: U$ 50,000)
  • Mozilla Research Grant, 2018 (budget: U$ 17,033)
  • Facebook Research Award, 2018 (budget: U$ 66,000)
  • SECTET Social Technology grant, 2018
  • CNPq Productivity Fellowship, 2017
  • Huawei Research Grant, 2017 (budget: U$ 68,750)
  • Google Research Grant, 2013 (budget: U$ 39,000)
  • Microsoft SEIF, 2013 (budget: U$ 25,000)

Jobs I did not get (1)

  • Assistant Professor at UFMG