Understand Peer Review

Learn what happens between submission and decision.


IEEE offers insight into peer review and the decision-making process.


About Conference Peer Review

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.… Read More >

What Are Reviewers Looking For?

During the peer review process, reviewers are looking for:

  • Scope: is the paper appropriate for the scope of this conference?
  • Novelty: is this original material distinct from previous publications?
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Peer Review Decisions

Conference peer review occurs within a fixed window of time and all authors are notified of the decision on their paper at the same time. You may receive one of three possible decisions:

  • Accept: your paper will be published without edits; you may be asked to upload final camera-ready files or to sign a copyright form
  • Accept with revision: your paper will be accepted after you implement edits suggested by the reviewers; you will be asked to provide a revised version
  • Reject: your paper will not be presented at the conference or published in the conference proceedings; you may submit your paper to another IEEE publication

Due to a limited peer review period, many conferences do not offer a revision option and instead will either accept or reject the initial submission.… Read More >