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Committee Member View

The actual view that your PC members see is determined by you, using the options you have to control policies for the committee. Here we give a subset of the items available to your committee - all of which are optional. Also, the degree of information displayed within each area is controlled by your settings at the manager level. 

 Update Profile:
This option to change a member's password, and update other information, such as email address, affiliation, etc. The results help auto-generate a "PC member page" (with affiliations and URLs), which can then be inserted in your main conference homepage. 

To Do List:
This is a list of papers assigned to the reviewer, partitioned into two categories - submissions to review, and submissions already reviewed. Each sub-list contains a set of submission titles, which were assigned to the PC member for review. For a given title, the reviewer has several options, which depend on (1) whether or not a review has been sent in yet (which determines the title's location on the "To Do" list); and (2) the policy settings established by the PC chair. The following options are allowed for reviews which are not yet completed:
  • View the submission summary.
  • Download the paper.
  • Get the review form.

When the review form is downloaded, it is pre-formatted for a particular submission, and personalized for the reviewer. In other words, the paper number, title, and the reviewer's name will be included in the HTML review form (and automatically registered by START, upon receiving the review). If you are not running a blind review process (see above), the authors' names will also be included on the review form. All the reviewer has to do is fill in the review, and press a SUBMIT button. The review comments can be pasted into a text box, or uploaded from a file (created with another tool).

Once the review is registered with START, it will appear on the PC member's "Done" list. At this point, the member has the following options: The last option will be available only if the PC chair enables this policy, i.e., for a reviewer to see other members' reviews for the submission (after his/hers is completed). See the discussion on sharing reviews. 

[Optional] Preference Form:
This is the famous "bid form" discussed above, in which reviewers can see a list of submissions, and determine their qualifications to review each one. This tool will only appear on the PC member page if you set the reviewer policies accordingly (see the discussion, on how to setup bidding).

  [Optional] Submission List:
This is a list of all submissions, with links to download paper summaries and other submission information. Again, the policies you establish will determine the degree of information here - or, in fact, whether this page is accessible to PC members. For example, if you only want PC members to see information concerning their own reviewing assignments, this link will not be included at all. If you want your reviewers to see all the summaries (but not the papers themselves), then the submission list will only let them see the paper summaries. If you allow PC members to see all the manuscripts, then links are automatically included to download the papers. And so on - the options regarding access to submission information are controlled by you. For more information, see the section on submission access.

[Optional] Review Reports:
As noted above, you can share review reports with your committee member (or you can decide not to do so). For the types of reports available - and the degree of information contained in them - please refer to the section on report access policies.

[Optional] Message Boards:
As noted above, you can enable message boards for members to discuss papers. Whether or not message boards are available (and determining access to them) is up to the PC chair. If the message boards are enabled, then one such forum will be created for every paper under consideration. (Usually the reviewers of a paper would be granted access to the paper's forum.) There is also an optional message board for entire committee-wide discussions. For more information on message boards, please refer to the available message policies.


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