Monday, April 18, 2005

State of The Art Reports (STAR)

Eurographics has an interesting submission forum called STAR (State of the Art Reports):
STARs are survey papers that cover hot topics in contemporary computer graphics research. Their goal is to give a comprehensive overview of all relevant work in the respective field and to explain in depth the techniques and algorithms involved. Potential STARs may be based on a recent tutorial or course given by the authors.
Apparently, this has been going on for the last few years. It's an interesting idea:
For submission, a 6-10 page STAR-let is sufficient, which should contain the author(s) name(s), institution, short biography and contact details, along with a detailed outline of the STAR, including the main bibliographical entries. All submitted manuscripts undergo a formal review process. Authors of conditionally accepted proposals must subsequently submit a final 15-25-page STAR, that incorporates constructive reviewer feedback and acceptance of the STAR is contingent on this requirement.

Accepted STAR papers will be invited to be submitted as regular contributions to Computer Graphics Forum.

At EG'05, STAR authors will be given 90 minutes to present the state-of-the-art of their respective field. For one author, the conference registration fee will be waived.
(Emphasis mine). Sounds almost like the review process is intermediate between a conference review and a journal review (because of the contingent acceptance mode). It's always interesting to hear about new ways of talking about, and disseminating, new research.

As formats go, this sounds similar to the tutorials that are common in database conferences, but are all too rare at theory conferences. FOCS one year had a day of tutorials, and we have endless straw polls on 'does the community want to spend an extra day attending tutorials', which is guaranteed to get a NO answer almost always.

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