I signal to you all this interesting article written by Yan LeCun (New York University Courant Institute & Facebook), in which he proposes a new publishing model for the computer science papers. This strategy seems excellent to me, and it has been adopted for the recent ICLR 2014 conference paper submission. I hope it will be used in the future for the computer science conferences. Here’s the proposal:
Our current publication system should be redesigned to maximize the rate of progress in our field. This means accelerating the speed at which new ideas and results are exchanged, disseminated, and evaluated. This also means minimizing the amount of time each of us spends evaluating other people’s work through reviewing and sifting through the literature. A major issue is that our current system, with its emphasis on highly-selective conferences, is highly biased against innovative ideas and favors incremental tweaks on well-established methods. Ideas that turn out to be highly influential are sometimes held up for months (if not years) in reviewing purgatory, particularly if they require several years to come to maturity (there are a few famous examples, mentioned). The friction in our publication system is slowing the progress of our field. It makes progress incremental. And it makes our conferences somewhat boring.