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TOCHI Retrospective (08 Sep 2003)
Scientific journals were invented to communicate and archive results. Today, results are communicated more quickly at conferences and on the web. Within HCI, conference proceedings are now archived and widely accessible.

Watching papers evolve - almost every published TOCHI submission has been substantially revised at least twice - I concluded that the journal serves an important function even if no one reads it. Most authors (and reviewers) are forced to think carefully and comprehensively about the topic in the review and revision process. They return to their research, teaching, or practice with a deeper and broader understanding. This varies with the kind of work being reported, but it is generally true. Some papers are improved so much that the reviewers almost deserve co-authorship credit.
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