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- Which time zone is used for submissions deadlines?
We consider deadlines to be at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.)
Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) on the indicated
dates. HST is 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time
(that is, UTC -10). For those of you in the US, that's
six hours behind Eastern Daylight Time, five behind
Central Daylight Time, and three behind Pacific Daylight
Time. The effect is that almost everyone has several
'extra' hours to polish their submissions to a gleaming
- What is the typical paper acceptance percentage?
For both SIGCSE and ITiCSE the paper acceptance rate is
typically around 30%.
- How many reviews does each paper receive?
The Program Chair(s) and Committee ensure that every paper
receives a minimum of four reviews.
- How are papers selected?
The Program Chair(s) and Committee use the results
of the double blind reviewing process as a starting
point. Typically, unless there are special
circumstances, the top rated papers provide
the majority of the program. The rest of the program
is chosen from among the other highly reviewed papers
based on desired goals such as presenting a balanced
program, emphasizing particular topics, and encouraging
under-represented groups. Particular attention
is given to evaluating the suitability of papers that
receive widely varying reviews or where a reviewer
indicates a low familiarity with the paper's topic area.
- What is a double blind reviewing process?
By "double blind reviewing process",
we mean that reviewers do not know who submitted
the papers they review, and authors do not
know who reviewed their submissions.
- What should I do if I'm assigned a paper that I am not
qualified to review?
Please contact the Program Chair(s) as soon as possible
to inform them of the problem. The Program Chair(s)
may assign you an alternate paper.
- What should I do if I recognize the authors of a paper?
Make a value judgment. If you feel you can impartially
review the paper then go ahead and review it. If you
feel uncomfortable reviewing the paper then contact
the Program Chair(s) as soon as possible.
- What should I do if I notice plagiarism in a paper?
SIGCSE will not accept papers that contain plagiarized
material. Please contact the Program Chair(s) immediately.
- Why is Photoshop trying to open my papers, and what can I do about it?
For security reasons, reviewers receive papers via a
URL that uses a .asp file extension.
is used for Active Server Pages, but also for Photoshop
photo indices. If you have Photoshop installed, your web
browser or operating system may believe that Photoshop
is the appropriate application to access the file's content.
Here are two suggestions to deal with this problem:
- Save the .asp file with a .pdf
extension. Outside of your browser, use
Adobe Reader (or another PDF file viewer) to
open the file.
- Modify your operating system's and/or web browser's
preferences to force it/them to open .asp
files with Reader. When you are finished
assigned papers, you will probably want to return
the setting(s) to the original value(s).
- I am not a U.S. Citizen. Can SIGCSE give me an invitation letter?
SIGCSE 2010 does not issue formal invitation letters.
The Association for Computing Machinery can, however,
issue a visa support letter. Please visit the
Visa Information for International Travelers
page for details.
- Where can I leave my luggage during the Saturday luncheon?
- Can students register for the conference at a reduced rate?
Yes! Conference registration is usually significantly less
expensive for students than for regular attendees.
For students interested in volunteering some of their
time to contribute to the success of the conference,
we reimburse the conference registration fee.
For more information about how to volunteer,
see our Student Volunteers page.