Paper Reviews

Written Critique of Two Papers

To allow you to gain experience in peer review and to gain some more knowledge in two areas of the course, you have to pick two topics from the list of all papers. For each of the two papers, you have to write a critical review of the paper.

One full paper review is due by October 29th but you can submit it any time before, for a paper from the first 7 weeks, and one is due by December 3rd (or any time before) for any of the papers discussed in the lectures after October 29th until and including December 2nd. Note, you can choose the paper for the topic yourself, but it has to be one of the long papers, not the ones that are less than 8 pages. Also, it cannot be the paper that you moderate.

Please find the paper review form below:

Paper Review Form (TXT, 1 KB)

Guideline for Paper Review

For writing a paper review, please fill out the form and upload it to EasyChair. Make sure to fill in the title of the paper and your name (reviewer name) into the form. The form is a partial copy of an official review form. In addition to your detailed review, you will have to rate the paper from reject to accept and you can also provide additional comments that would usually only go to the program committee and not back to the authors.

In the review section, please provide a detailed review of the paper. All paper reviews should start with a short summary of the paper in your own words (not a copy of the abstract) to show that you understand the paper. The next paragraph(s) of the review should contain positive comments on the paper (even if you dislike the paper, you might think that certain aspects or the idea of it are interesting). After that you list the issues that you have with the paper. Make sure to always start out with the most important and high level comments first before going into more detailed comments later on. From your comments/issues it should also be clear why you accepted/rejected the paper. However, even if you accept a paper or weakly accept it, you might have lots of comments/issues on the paper. Some people also write a short bullet list with '+' for the high level positives and '-' for the high level negatives and then elaborate more on each one of them in more detail afterwards.

Remember, a paper review is usually sent back to the author(s), so while you should state your opinion, be as constructive as possible. If you have ever received a review, just reading that someone did not like your paper without concrete ideas on what it was in particular and what you could change for the better, is not helpful.