Morning Session: Open Peer Review Landscape, Policies and Experiments
Across a wide range of scientific communities, peer reviewing and publishing models are undergoing significant changes. These changes have been motivated by the coupled objectives of improving the quality of the reviewing process, reducing the workload on reviewers and ultimately promoting the rapid dissemination of knowledge. Outside machine learning, there are organizations such as VLDB, that have transitioned to a combined conference/journal reviewing model where journal papers accepted by a certain date are invited to be presented at the conference. There is also the example of NIH NLM’s Biology Direct that have taken significant steps toward increasing the transparency of the reviewing process by publishing reviews alongside accepted papers.
Within the machine learning community, we are experimenting with a number of alternative reviewing models. ICML 2013 has moved to a three phase reviewing model aimed at transitioning to a mixed conference/journal model similar to VLDB. This year will also see the first International Conference on Learning Representations (https://sites.google.com/site/representationlearning2013), a conference that embraces the open peer review model promoted by Yann LeCun (http://yann.lecun.com/ex/pamphlets/publishing-models.html). The realization of this conference is critically dependent on the OpenReview.net system (http://openreview.net), a open peer-review management system developed by Andrew McCallum's group. OpenReview.net is one example of the kinds of tools that have been developed to assist and improve peer review, access and analysis. By easing the organizational burden, these tools enable the democratization of the process of disseminating scientific knowledge.
The goal of this workshop is to provide a venue to bring together researchers from within our community as well as from other scientific disciplines who share a common interest in improving peer reviewing and publishing models. We wish to use this venue to share ideas and experiences, both positive and negative, of open reviewing, open access publishing models and the tools that support them. As the organizers of the workshop we view it as essential that we provide an open atmosphere where dissenting opinions and concerns over the open reviewing model are freely expressed.
We welcome the submission of papers on all of the above topics. For example:
White-papers may be 1-2 pages. Other technical papers should be 4-8 pages. Formatting should otherwise follow the ICML 2013 standards, however, since the review process is not double-blind, submissions need not be anonymized and author names should be included. Further submission instructions will be forthcoming. Previously published or currently in submission papers are also encouraged (we will confirm with authors before publishing the papers online).
Our workshop will be following the open reviewing system as introduced by the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR). In particular, the submitted papers will be available for public comment after the submission deadline. Along with the public comments, we will also provide anonymous reviews by our program committee members. The decisions for acceptance will be based on a combination of review scores and insights from the public discourse. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the reviewing process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission site: http://openreview.net/icml-peer2013