A New Peer Review System

One of the struggles that the seminar has taken up is the problem of publication. The question of whether we should use this blog to launch a journal, or encourage publication of seminar papers in more traditional venues, or both perhaps in steps, is an issue the steering committee has struggled with. Part of the problem, as we all know, is that the process of publication is often lengthy and for material like A.I. oriented work which can quickly become stale because of advances in algorithms or methodologies this is a problem. This doesn’t take into account the problem of the barrier to reading that publishers monopolies on knowledge often create. Yann LeCun, who is one of the founders of the field of Artificial Intelligence, likewise recognizes there needs to be a new model of publication, particularly in Computer Science where this problem is even more pressing. He has proposed a new model which focuses not on credit when something is published, but rather when it is reviewed and that reviews themselves should be public and seen as publications. It is an interesting attempt at a new model. Read the full description here: http://yann.lecun.com/ex/pamphlets/publishing-models.html