General Review Guidelines
The Review Process
Reviewers are selected by the Associate Editor responsible for a submission. They receive submissions, along with specific instructions, either from the Associate Editor or from TOCHI. Submissions will usually be PDF files.
Reviewers will treat a manuscript as confidential, and not circulate or cite it without an author’s permission.
Reviewers should use the Manuscript Central web site to access papers and submit their reviews.
Preparing A Review
All items in the Review Form should be carefully considered. The most important elements of the review are the Recommendation and the Detailed Evaluation.
Rarely do all reviewers agree on a submission, so the detailed evaluation of the merits and deficiencies of a paper is needed. If you like the paper immensely, do not assume other reviewers will: Describe in detail what you think is important about it, how it will contribute to theory or practice. If you are sure the paper should be rejected, you should explain why, politely but in detail, because other reviewers may recommend acceptance. Often, first submissions receive a “revise and Resubmit” recommendation; for the authors of these papers, your detailed points will be of tremendous use in guiding the revision of their work.
The tone of your review is very important to our effort to create a community of scholars and practitioners. When you write an anonymous review, you are acting as a representative of the human-computer interaction professional field. It is always possible to be constructive and firm without being hostile. Keep in mind that often the problem could be primarily in communication. Even in the worst case, where the work cannot be salvaged, one can explain how better to design related research.