Shadow PC Program


Shadow PCs allow students, Post-Docs and early career researchers interested in engaging with the COMPASS community but have little to no previous reviewing experience, to shadow the review process followed by conference program committee members (PCs). This opportunity prepares early career researchers to serve on the conference program committee in the future, through learning first-hand about the peer review process and gaining experience as a reviewer.

The Shadow PC program will function much like an independent version of the “Senior” PC, including selecting its own program of papers and holding a virtual PC meeting.

The Shadow PC will be chaired by:

If you are interested in participating, please apply by filling out the Google Form here by March 12, 2021 (see FAQs below for instructions).

For any queries, please contact .

Important Dates

All deadlines are 23:59:59 AOE (any place on earth)

12 March 2021 (Friday) : Deadline to apply for Shadow PC

18 March 2021 (Thursday) : Shadow PC membership notification

1 April 2021 (Thursday) : Shadow PC online orientation session 1

8 April 2021 (Thursday) : Shadow PC online orientation session 2

27 April 2021 (Thursday) : Paper discussion meeting

13 May 2021 (Thursday) : Review deadline

1 June 2021 (Tuesday) : Debrief of Shadow PC process

Frequently asked questions

The Shadow PC program is intended primarily to be an educational and mentorship experience. The Shadow PC member will write reviews of the “real” submissions to ACM COMPASS during the conference review period and will have a virtual Shadow PC meeting that closely simulates the full PC meeting. Full training will be provided on writing good reviews and being an effective PC member.

While being a member of a Shadow PC is a significant amount of work, we expect it will be rewarding for a number of reasons, including:

  • Gain experience reviewing papers and understand the challenges faced by reviewers reading multiple papers which may not always be in their area of expertise.
  • Experience how a review process operates and how a PC meeting is run.
  • See good quality papers as well as bad ones and see how they are viewed during a PC meeting.
  • Submitting high-quality reviews makes one a more likely candidate for future senior PCs.
  • Network with fellow junior researchers at the PC meeting and gain access to qualified mentors.

The Shadow PC is open to

  • PhD students,
  • Post-Docs
  • Early-career academics
  • Junior researchers

You must also:

  • be working in areas related to ACM COMPASS (see list of Tracks and their description to understand these areas)
  • have not yet served on a program committee for an international conference (e.g. ACM CHI, CSCW, DIS, Interact, WWW).

If more applications are received than there is room, applicants will be given priority based on an assessment of their needs and access to opportunities.

Shadow PC member expectations are similar to those of senior PC members:

  • Shadow PC members will be expected to review 1-2 papers (depending on the number of submissions for the April deadline) on time and participate in online discussions. Shadow PC members who do not adhere to the review deadlines will be excluded from the process.
  • Shadow PC members are required to attend the virtual Shadow PC orientation and subsequent workshops.
  • Shadow PC members must follow the ethical standards of peer review, respect the anonymity of the review process and not share which papers they have reviewed or solicit sub-reviews.
  • Shadow PC members are not allowed to discuss the papers outside of the PC context.
  • Shadow PC members cannot in any way use results from reviewed papers before such papers have been published.
  • Shadow PC members will also be particularly expected to assist in reviewing their peer’s reviews and providing constructive feedback to improve the quality of the reviews.
  • Shadow PC members are not allowed to separately serve as sub-reviewers for the senior PC.
  • Delegated reviews (i.e., external reviews) are not allowed for the Shadow PC.

If you are interested in participating, please apply by filling out the Google Form here by March 12, 2021 . The following information is asked for:

  • Name, position, expected graduation year (if applicable), and institution
  • A brief (max 300 words) motivation statement explaining why you would like to participate in the Shadow PC program.
  • Areas of research experience and expertise and any relevant publications. It is okay if you have no publications yet.
  • A brief note on your past review experience (such as writing sub-reviews or serving on a workshop PC). It is okay if you have none.
  • Confirmation that you will be able to attend the Shadow PC workshops.
  • Your commitment to the above expectations of the Shadow PC program.