For Reviewers

Important Dates

Deadlines for Papers, Panels, Special Sessions, Workshops
Sign Up to Review Monday, September 1st, 2014
Reviewers Receive Assignments Monday, September 8th, 2014
Reviews Due Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Deadlines for Birds of a Feather, Posters, Lightning Talks, Demos
Sign Up to Review Monday, September 1st, 2014
Reviewers Receive Assignments Monday, October 29th, 2014
Reviews Due Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

How Do I Volunteer to Review?

All SIGCSE members are encouraged to participate in the reviewing process.

For New Reviewers

If you are interested in reviewing papers for SIGCSE 2015, you are invited to complete the reviewer registration form. In the box that says “Sign Up — Keycode:” input the code review15.

After you have filled in your contact information, it it MOST IMPORTANT to select the topic areas for which you would like to review. Please limit yourself to areas in which you feel somewhat expert. The system will automatically ask you to consider the areas carefully if you choose more than four.

For Those Who Have Previously Reviewed

All people currently listed in the reviewer database will receive an e-mail message in August with their current recorded information.

If you would like to update your information in the database, go to the proposal review site by Monday, September 1st, 2014. Please select your areas of reviewing carefully, limiting yourself to areas in which you have expertise.

How Do I Review SIGCSE Submissions?

Submissions are reviewed according to categories indicated by the authors. Reviewers will be assigned no more than three papers or six submissions of another type, based on their indicated subject areas of expertise. At least four reviewers are assigned to each. Papers are only available in electronic PDF format. Adobe’s Acrobat Reader, Mac’s Preview, Evince on Linux, or any number of other options are known to work.

As part of your process as a reviewer, we recommend you work your way through the following four steps:

  1. Assignment. When reviews are assigned, you will be sent an email from the system indicating that you have been assigned submissions to review and given a link that you can use to access those assigned submissions.

  2. Reviewer Guidelines. In addition to the category criteria, we would encourage you to review the guidelines for the submission category you are reviewing for. We have guidelines for…

  3. Download Papers. Access your your assigned submission(s) through the proposal review site. You may review the submission on-line or print it for review at your leisure. If your web browser does awful things with your submission, you might try saving it to a file with a .pdf extension and opening it locally.

  4. After reviewing, complete a report for each submission. Submit each review to the proposal review site.

Remember, all reviews will be distributed anonymously to both the author(s) and reviewers of that submission. This will give the author feedback and provide information to reviewers as well. It is hoped that, over time, this feedback will help make the review process more consistent as reviewers can compare their responses to those of others.


If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the SIGCSE 2015 Program Co-Chairs.