Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SoCG Feedback...

It's my 1000th post !! Took longer than I expected, but then my average has been slipping. Here's hoping I get to 2000 !

Just got back my reviews from the Valentine's day massacre. I have to say that I'm stunned, and not for the reason you think.

I've been writing papers and getting reviews for a LONG time now, and I have to say that these are the best reviews I've ever seen, and are way beyond the standard for the typical theory conference. Both papers were rejected, and so the reviews necessarily were negative, but in an extremely constructive way. They critiqued without being critical, were detailed and thorough, and clearly got to the heart of what the paper was about. The comments pointed out what was good in the paper, and more importantly, pointed out what the reviewers felt was missing, and how best to address the problems. I actually felt better about the rejection after reading the reviews, because they came across as genuinely liking the work.

Now it wasn't all good. There was a basic premise at the heart of the rejection that I disagree with, but it's a reasonable point to disagree on, and I can at least see a way to resolving that problem.

At least one other author agrees with me on this assessment - you're welcome to share your experiences in the comments. Congratulations to the PC - theory conference reviews are often slammed, and rightly so, but these reviews stand out for their high quality.

1 comment:

  1. SoCG consistently has better feedback given to authors than other conferences in theory. In the last few years (or at least in SoCG 08 when I was on the PC) the papers were assigned to individual PC members (say 10 papers per PC member) that were asked to organize the feedback for these papers and ensure that as much as possible of the info that the committee had would be sent back to the authors - without violating confidentiality, etc.

    This worked extremely well... I think all theory conferences should do that.


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