Double Decker Peer Review

In computer science, conferences are often the final publication venue for research. However, conference papers are not always reviewed very carefully in terms of objective criteria like correctness, and the focus of the review is often on subjective criteria such as interestingness and perceived impact. Moreover, sub-fields such as Machine Learning (and AI) have recently … Continue reading Double Decker Peer Review

There’s Lots in a Name (Whereas There Shouldn’t Be)

It is common in some academic fields such as theoretical computer science to order the authors of a paper according to the alphabetical order of their last names. Alphabetical ordering is also employed in other contexts like listing of names of people on the web. Although alphabetical ordering mitigates some issues with other ordering approaches (e.g., possible conflicts among authors under contribution-based ordering), it causes its own biases.