Potential solutions to help HCI academics in Asia
Many universities in Asia require post-grad students to publish in journals that are included in the SCI (Science Citation Index), in order to graduate. Similarly, many projects funding and faculty members’ performance are also evaluated based on how many SCI journals produced.
Journal submission usually requires rather long time to complete, ranging from half to one year, including the time to find reviewer (1 month), review (3 months), revise and resubmit (2 months). After acceptance, it might take another half to one year to actually appear in the journal’s volume and issue.
However, computer science is a very fast growing field, especially human-computer interaction (HCI) and artificial intelligence (AI). If go through the journal publication cycle, many new ideas will become outdated or obsolete by the time it is published. In addition, competitor might publish the same idea in conferences, while your manuscript is still in review or revision. It is because universities in North America and Europe do not require post-grad students to publish in SCI journals, and they appreciate conferences as proper venue. This is a big disadvantage for academics and post-grad students in Asia.
Recently, the UbiComp community turn the conference style into journal style, while still providing fast turn-over rate, with 4 deadlines a year. It not only solved the Asian’s SCI problem, it also indirectly alleviate another problem where HCI communities rushing to submit CHI papers during September deadline. Also, certain conferences like Siggraph and IEEE VR will publish the accepted papers as journals in Transaction of graphics (TOG) and Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG). I think these might be potential solutions to help HCI academics in Asian and motivates more interesting papers from Asia.