Understand Peer Review

Learn what happens between submission and decision. IEEE offers insight into peer review and the decision-making process for conference papers.

About Conference Peer Review

Peer review is vital to the quality of published research. IEEE requires all conference papers go through the peer review process before publication.

How does it work?

Peer review is a process in which a scientific paper is evaluated by a group of experts in the same field to make sure it meets the necessary standards for acceptance and publication. 

Each IEEE Conference’s Technical Program Chair will appoint a Technical Program Committee.

The most common types of peer review are single-anonymous and double-anonymous review.

Both models ensure that the reviewer can give an honest and impartial evaluation of the paper. Most IEEE publications use the single-anonymous review format.

What Are Reviewers Looking For?

Learn what is important during peer review. Make sure to cover all the topics in your conference paper. 

During the peer review process, reviewers look for the following.

Peer Review Decisions

Conference peer review occurs within a fixed window of time. All authors are notified of the peer review decision on their paper at the same time.

You may receive one of three possible decisions.

Due to a limited peer review period, many conferences do not offer a revision option. Instead, they will either accept or reject the initial submission.