Identify the Champion

By: O. Nierstrasz

Pattern: Identify the Champion Pattern Language

Published in: PLoPD4
Pages: 539-556
Category: Technical Paper Review


Summary: How a program committee can discuss and accept or reject submissions to a technical conference.

Pattern: Identify the Champion

Pages: 540-543

You're the Program Committee (PC) Chair for a technical conference. Make the review and selection process efficient by focusing PC members' attention on whether they will champion a submission during the meeting.

Pattern: Experts Review Papers

Pages: 543-544

You're using Identify the Champion. You're expecting 100-200 submissions, each of which should be evaluated by three to four PC members. To distribute papers to the PC, match papers to members' domain expertise.

Pattern: Champions Review Papers

Pages: 544-545

You're using Identify the Champion. To distribute papers to PC members and maximize each paper's chance that it will find a champion, let PC members choose papers they want to review. Use Make Champions Explicit

Pattern: Make Champions Explicit

Pages: 546-548

You're using Identify the Champion. To see which papers will be championed in advance of the meeting, on the review form, ask PC members explicitly whether they intend to champion the paper.

Pattern: Identify the Conflicts

Pages: 548-550

You're using Make Champions Explicit. It's a week before the PC meeting, and most reviews are in. Order or group the papers before the meeting according to their highest and lowest scores. Do not attempt to rank papers numerically.

Pattern: Identify Missing Champions

Pages: 550-552

You're using Make Champions Explicit. It's a week before the PC meeting, and most reviews are in. Identify which papers are likely to be championed by whom, and be sure that champions are prepared for the meeting. If a potential champion is not an expert or cannot attend the meeting, take some compensating action, e.g., soliciting an extra review.

Pattern: Champions Speak First

Pages: 552-555

In the PC meeting, discuss the papers in groups, following Identify the Conflicts. For each paper, invite a champion to introduce the paper and say why it should be accepted. Then invite detractors to say why it should not be accepted. Finally open the general discussion, and try to reach a consensus. If there is no champion, the paper should not be discussed.

Pattern: Consensus on PC Papers

Pages: 555

You're using Champions Speak First. Papers authored by PC members should be accepted only if there is at least one champion and no expert detractors.