How to Do Great Research

Learning how to review papers not only (obviously) makes you a better reviewer, but it can also help you as an author, since an understanding of the process can help you write your paper submissions for an audience of reviewers.  If you know the criteria that a reviewer will use to judge your paper, you are in a much better position to tailor your paper so that it has a higher chance of being accepted.

There are many good resources that describe the paper reviewing process already, including those that explain the process (and its imperfections) and those that provide instructions for writing a good review (as well as techniques to avoid).  There are also a few nice summaries of the review process for conferences in different areas of computer science that lend visibility into the process (e.g., here and here).  Program committee chairs sometimes provide guidelines for…

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