2010-08-16

Re: [Tccc] IETF model? Re: Different community, similar problems? (Henning Schulzrinne)

Henning,

>A number of conferences have had rebuttals for years; the general experience is that they greatly increase the work for the >authors (and the reviewers), but rarely change the result, among other problems. Based on this experience, some conferences have >abandoned them.

I am not sure why the authors would complain about the opportunity for rebuttal. They can simply not use the facility if they are happy with the reviews. I can see how it increases the TPC's and possibly reviewer's workload (if the reviewer is expected to respond to the rebuttal). It is sad if the conferences are abandoning the opportunity for rebuttal.

>I agree that better opportunities for volunteers would be useful. The Transactions on Networking is in the process of setting up >a system for volunteering, so that there's a database of reviewer candidates for editors to draw on, as one more source.

This is certainly a positive development. I hope the system, when in place, will be well advertized.

Regards
Mukul

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Re: [Tccc] IETF model? Re: Different community, similar problems? (Henning Schulzrinne)

Joe,

>This particular experiment was indeed written up, except for the part
>about the number of papers submitted, which dropped by 50% and took
>*years* to recover. This happened in period when no other workshop or
>conference reported a similar effect, i.e., it wasn't just 'economic
>downturn'.

Just wanted to point out that the drop in the number of submissions is not necessarily a negative result. In some sense, this is a positive result if an average submitted paper was of better quality (?) than before.

Thanks
Mukul

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[Tccc] an invitation to discuss conference operation at CCW

Hi, all,

Given the interest in this topic, it might be useful to discuss this in
a broader forum. I'm co-chairing TCCC's CCW 2010 this Oct, and we would
welcome a panel on this topic.

If any of you are interested in participating, contact me directly (NOT
ON THE LIST).

Joe
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