Future of the Research Enterprise Task Force
The Future of the Research Enterprise task force will lead activities to address the future of the research enterprise in an evolving computing research ecosystem. Topics to address will include the impact of academia-industry relations (learn more on the Industry working group page), the peer review process, and the future of open source project.
Future of the Research Enterprise (FRE) task force has released the Evolving Methods for Evaluating and Disseminating Computing Research white paper. Based on interviews with members of the computing research community, this white paper presents the trends the task force has observed, discusses the impacts of changing review and dissemination processes, and suggests methods to reduce the negative impacts of these trends.
Overall the task force found that “Trends impacting computing research are largely positive and have increased the participation, scope, accessibility, and speed of the research process,” however “Challenges remain in securing the integrity of the process, including addressing ways to scale the review process, avoiding attempts to misinform or confuse the dissemination of results, and ensuring fairness and broad participation in the process itself.” (p. 1).
In response to these trends and challenges, the task force recommends:
- “Regularly polling members of the computing research community, including program and general conference chairs, journal editors, authors, reviewers, etc., to identify specific challenges they face to better understand these issues.
- An influential body, such as the Computing Research Association (CRA), regularly issues a “State of the Computing Research Enterprise” report to update the community on trends, both positive and negative, impacting the computing research enterprise.
- A deeper investigation, specifically to better understand the influence that social media and preprint archives have on computing research, is conducted.
- Initiate an investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on the broader computing research enterprise, including the impact on evaluation and dissemination.” (pp. 1-2).
For citation use: Zorn B., Conte T., Marzullo K., & Venkatasubramanian S. (2020) Evolving Methods for Evaluating and Disseminating Computing Research https://cra.org/ccc/resources/ccc-led-whitepapers/ or arXiv identifier: arXiv:2007.01242 [cs.CY].