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Peer review of research output stands as a cornerstone of quality control in scientific and scholarly publishing. In addition to articles appearing in journals—be they nonprofit or commercial—conference proceedings have become a prime venue for the dissemination of advances in many areas of the computer science discipline, and are often highly cited.3 Publishing books, journal articles, and/or conference papers is critical for advancing one's career in academia or in research laboratories.

The extent of the conference reviewing process differs significantly from event to event: Workshop submissions normally undergo only light review, for instance, whereas large, focused conferences typically ask multiple experts to review and evaluate each potential contribution.


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