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How To Ensure Conference Quality - Review, Review, Review

The technical program, or paper review process, is one of the most important aspects of developing a strong IEEE conference. As conference quality is directly related to the quality of its papers, it is important that papers properly align with the conference's theme and are thoroughly reviewed. Ensuring paper content quality starts with determining who the right experts are to be your reviewers and determining the ratio of papers to reviewers.

Reviewers who are overburdened with too many papers are less likely to provide thorough reviews, even if they are highly-regarded experts in the subject matter. Typically, you can use historical information from past conferences to gauge how many reviewers you will need per paper. Another general best practice is to multiply the desired number of reviews per paper by the anticipated number of papers within the scope of the conference. 

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This article is reprinted from the IEEE Society Sentinel. [return to top]