Paper Reviewing

This page provide information about the review process for papers submitted to CVPR 2009. Information here is specifically for area chairs and reviewers. However, anyone else who is curious about the review process for CVPR 2009 is welcome to learn about it here. There are no action items for authors in this page. In addition to the brief outline of how the Reviewing Process for CVPR 2009 is unfolding, please also see the additional information for Reviewers and Area Chairs below.


The review system is now functioning as expected. Area Chairs can use the system to contact reviewers

Important Notes about CVPR 2009 Paper Reviewing.

  • Largest Area Chair Committee formed for CVPR 2009, with 46 members. The goal is reduce load on Area Chairs so they can work with the reviewers to provide the best reviews to the authors.
  • Program Co-Chairs di not submit any papers to CVPR 2009. So they are NOT in direct conflict with any paper. However, they will not be involved with any decision on any paper from their affiliated organizations.
  • A new Web-based Paper Submission and Review system is established with many novel features

Review workflow (in Google Calendar: XML, ICAL, HTML)

  • Before the paper deadline, 46 Area Chairs have were invited and accepted the role of working with the Program Chairs to provide best possible reviews to authors. A Review Committee was also formed and has 724 members.
  • Nov 20, 2008 (Paper Deadline): NO Extensions will be given and incomplete or submission not meeting required criteria deleted.
  • Nov 20-26, 2008: After the Paper Deadline, program chairs assign papers to area chairs.
    • The 46 area chairs are divided into four panels of about equal sizes. Each area chair is also paired with a “buddy”. Papers are assigned to each area chair such that these papers have no conflict with his/her “buddy” or panel. The buddy/panel system is designed to allow each area chair to safely discuss papers with his/her “buddy” or, if necessary, any panel colleague.
  • Dec 1 - Dec 14, 2008: Area chairs recommend at least 5 reviewers for each paper assigned to them. For each paper, there can be no more than two suggested reviewers from the same organization.
    • Dec 8, 2008: Last date to add new reviewers.
  • Dec. 15 -17, 2008: Program chairs working with area chairs to ensure reviewers are selected from the area chairs’ lists of suggested reviewers.
  • Dec 18, 2008 (A bit later then planned!): Each paper is assigned to 3 reviewers based on area chair recommendations, conflict information, and quotas.
  • Jan 15 - Jan 29, 2008: Area Chairs to start checking on the reviews of their assigned papers (see AC Instructions)
  • Jan. 29, 2009 (Reviews are DUE): In return for a smaller number of papers to handle, area chairs are expected to shepherd papers more closely than in the past. They are expected to monitor the reviews and contact individual reviewers (anonymously through CMT) for clarification if necessary. They are also expected to initiate anonymized discussions in cases where scores are highly divergent (max - min > 2 levels). Once the reviews are finalized, area chairs are asked to rate each review for each paper.
  • Feb 6, 2009 (Initial Reviews to Authors): Reviews are made known to authors.
  • Feb 6, 2009 5pm - Feb 13, 2009 5pm (Rebuttal Period): Authors can submit rebuttals if they so desire (not required). There is a limit of 4000 characters. Authors can withdraw papers from further consideration by deleting the paper from their console. 
  • Before Feb 20, 2009: Prior to the area chair meeting, each area chair writes consolidation reports in consultation with his/her “buddy”.
  • Feb. 21-22, 2009 (Area Chairs Meeting): During the area chair meeting there will be “buddy” and panel meetings to make final decisions on papers.
  • Decisions are made known to authors within a few days after the area chair meeting and before the ICCV 2009 deadline.

Summary of new features in the CMT submission/review site:

  1. In addition to domain conflict and subject areas, reviewers are also required to indicate type (researcher/faculty or graduate student). This allows the program chairs to specify different limits on papers to review based on reviewer type (researcher/faculty:12, graduate student:5).
  2. Reviewers can download review forms (XML format), fill them off-line, and upload the completed forms. No more copying and pasting separate blocks of text to the online forms!
  3. Area chairs can as needed request addition of new reviewers, not already in the Review Committee, when they are assigning reviewers.
  4. Area chairs can initiate anonymous discussions with reviewers via CMT’s internal bboard. When an area chair posts a message in CMT, CMT notifies the reviewers to log in and respond to the message.

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