The review process is important for developing a strong technical program. The IEEE sponsor or the conference committee defines the review process. IEEE recommends that conferences held in cooperation with non-IEEE organizations follow IEEE review guidelines.
You should establish a review schedule and notify authors in the Call for Papers of the important dates and processes for submitting papers. The date should be far enough in advance of the conference to allow sufficient time for reviews.
Make sure you have enough reviewers to review all submitted papers. IEEE recommends at least two reviewers for each paper. Assign no more than 12 to 15 papers to each reviewer.
A single-blind review is one where only the reviewers are anonymous. In a double-blind review, the author and reviewers are anonymous.
The review process is easier to manage if you keep careful records and provide frequent updates on the status.
IEEE recommends that you use a peer-review tool to manage conference papers. A peer-review tool helps you to follow a consistent process and improves the quality of your reviews.
IEEE maintains a policy of strict confidentiality for all conference submissions. You need to notify your reviewers that they cannot disclose or make inappropriate use of the content before publication.
"The Paper Review Process: Challenges and Opportunities" (57 KB). This presentation by Michael Lightner, member, IEEE Conferences Committee, is from the 2011 Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO).
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