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Review Process

Contributed Paper Review Process

All first authors submitting a paper for publication in the PERC Proceedings are required to participate in the peer review by reviewing up to three papers. Co-authors are requested to participate in the peer review by reviewing up to two papers.

The PERC Proceedings are intended to be inclusive; welcoming not just significant or final results, but also preliminary research results and discussions of works-in-progress. Contributed papers submitted to the PERC Proceedings are reviewed based on the following six criteria:

  1. Interest/Value to the PER Community;
  2. Content Novelty;
  3. Strength of Research;
  4. Conclusions;
  5. Organization of Ideas; and
  6. Grammar and Formatting.

Authors should keep in mind that, because of the short time between the PER Conference and the publication of the PERC Proceedings, papers requiring substantial or content-based revisions that would necessitate a re-review CANNOT be accepted. Thus, authors should ensure that the paper they submit is readable, follows a logical progression, is without spelling and grammatical issues and that the research behind it is sound.

The pool of peer reviewers is made up of all authors listed on papers submitted to be peer reviewed. Additional reviewers from the PER community who have not submitted a paper may be asked to review as the need arises. Papers submitted are typically assigned to three peer reviewers without consideration of area of expertise as each paper should be understandable to the community at large.

Editorial decisions should NOT simply be a matter of counting votes or numerical ratings and following the majority recommendation. The strength of the arguments raised by each reviewer and by the authors should be carefully evaluated. Our primary responsibilities are to our readers and to the scientific community at large, and in deciding how best to serve them, we must weigh the claims of each paper against the many others also under consideration.

If all reviewers recommend that a paper be published, it will be accepted. If one or more reviewers recommend that a paper be declined, the editors will read all the reports carefully and decide whether the objections are serious enough to warrant not publishing the paper. The final responsibility for decisions of acceptance or rejection of a submitted paper lies with the Editor.

Once a paper is accepted, the authors will be given the reviewer reports and a short amount of time to make the necessary revisions before submitting a final version of the paper.

The typical acceptance rate of contributed papers in the PERC Proceedings is between 70% and 80%.


If an author feels that a mistake has been made in the review process, he or she may contact the Editor for clarification or appeal, but in all cases, the Editors have the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of papers.

In the case of a formal appeal, the paper and all relevant information, including the identities of the reviewers, will be made available to the Associate Editor and Invited Section Editor. The Associate Editor and Invited Section Editor may review the case on the existing record or may seek additional expert opinion. The Associate Editor and Invited Section Editor will present an advisory opinion to the Editor, which will be sent to the authors.

Invited Paper Review Process

Invited papers submitted to the PERC Proceedings are copy-edited by the Invited Section Editor. If significant changes are required, the paper will be returned to the authors to make the necessary modifications prior to publication.

While invited papers are normally not peer reviewed; if submitted by the deadline for contributed papers, invited papers can be part of the peer review. Invited papers that are submitted to the peer review and are accepted will appear in the Contributed section of the PERC Proceedings. Invited papers that are submitted to the peer review and are subsequently rejected are copy-edited and published in the Invited section of the PERC Proceedings.