Paper Bricks: An Alternative to Complete-Story Peer Reviewing

TitlePaper Bricks: An Alternative to Complete-Story Peer Reviewing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDittrich, J
JournalSIGMOD Record
Date Published12/2010
Type of ArticleOpen Forum

The peer review system as used in several computer science communities has several flaws including long review times, overloaded reviewers, as well as fostering of niche topics. These flaws decrease quality, lower impact, slowdown the innovation process, and lead to frustration of authors, readers, and reviewers. In order to fix this, we propose a new peer review system termed "paper bricks". Paper bricks has several advantages over the existing system including shorter publications, better competition for new ideas, as well as an accelerated innovation process. Furthermore, paper bricks may be implemented with minimal change to the existing peer review systems.