There has been an ongoing discussion on the publication culture with the computer science research community in CACM, carried out through a series of editorials, opinion pieces, articles and letters. It covers the usual topics — the best role of workshops, conferences and journals, reviewer responsibility, the effect of deadlines on publications, etc. All important issues.
Jonathan Grudin has an opinion piece in the current (Feb) CACM
Technology, conferences, and community. J. Grudin, 2011. Comm. of the ACM, 54, 2, 41-43.
He has also made available a list of the 16 recent CACM articles (with links) on the topic. It’s a list of papers worth reading.