I. Assigning Reviewers
- A. Go to ACM's Manuscript Central (http://acm.manuscriptcentral.com/taco) and login.
- B. Choose 'Editor Center' and then click on 'Awaiting Referee Selection'
- C. You will now see a list of your assignments. Click in the 'Take Action' column to view the submission or assign reviewers.
- D. On the tab 'Select Referees' you can select and assign reviewers. For some reviewers, you will have to create a new account. However, before creating a new account for a reviewer, please use the reviewer search option in the right pane. This will allow you to use an existing Manuscript Central account. Please also check whether the email address of the reviewer is still valid.
- E. You can then invite the assigned reviewers. Only then, the reviewers will receive an invitation mail to review the manuscript.
- F. After a reviewer has been invited, the reviewer needs to accept/decline the invitation.
II. Making a Preliminary Decision
- A. Once a reviewer completes a review, you will receive an email notification.
- B. Under 'Awaiting AE Preliminary Decision', you will the list of papers for which you can draft a decision.
- C. You may then make your preliminary decision that will be sent to the Editor-in-Chief. This decision should take into consideration your own opinion of the submission as well as the general consensus of the refereeing committee.
- D. Select your decision. There are four options: Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision, and Reject. For an initial submission, the outcome can be Accept, Minor Revision, Major Revision and Reject. For a first revision of a manuscript, the possible outcome can be Accept, Minor Revision, Reject. For a second revision, the outcome is either Accept or Reject. The rationale is that a manuscript gets one chance to be substantively improved (major revision), not two or more. If the first revision cannot convince the reviewers of the value of the paper, the recommendation should be Reject. The authors can always decide to resubmit the manuscript as an initial submission. This policy - in combination with the deadlines for revision - limits the total turnaround time from initial submission to final decision Accept/Reject to at most one year.
- Accept - An Accept with no revision means that the submission is perfect and there are no further suggestions for improvement. The paper is ready for publication. The paper will be published in the digital library as soon as possible.
- Minor Revision - A Minor revision should only be used for papers that have a clear contribution, and there are only small changes that need to be made to make the paper ready for publication. A minor revision usually means that only textual changes are needed. If changes to the methodology is needed or simulations need to be run, then major revision should be recommended. For minor revision, the Editor can make a final recommendation without consulting the reviewers again.
- Major Revision - Major revision means that the submission has a clear contribution and there is enough evidence in the current submission to demonstrate that contribution. Major revision should only be used if the paper excels in (1) relevance and interest to TACO's audience, and (2) the submission has significant contributions and/or is novel, and either technical quality and/or presentation needs major revision. For technical quality, this means that a few experiments or comparisons may be needed to complete the publication to make it journal quality. BUT the evaluation of the contribution of the paper should not be resting upon the outcome of these additional results. If the paper is missing important results to evaluate its contribution, then the paper should be classified as Reject. A paper classified as major revision is sent back to the reviewers. If the reviewers are pleased by the improvements, the paper can be (conditionally) accepted, otherwise, it will be rejected. In case one of the reviewers reject a manuscript, the AE should first contact the reviewer to check whether any revision will be able to change the reviewer's mind. If this is not the case (paper beyond repair), the recommendation by the editor should be Reject, or the AE has to decide not to invite the reviewer again for the revised manuscript. The authors should not be asked to revise a manuscript if the chance of being conditionally accepted is nonexistent.
- Reject - This rating is used when the submission is off topic for TACO, it is an incremental contribution over prior art (e.g. less than 30% new material for a Conference Extension paper , or a more complete submission is needed to better evaluate the ideas presented). The authors can revise, run new experiments, and decide to potentially submit to TACO as a new submission, or to a different conference or journal at a later date. If submitted again to TACO, it will be treated as a new submission.
An Editor suggesting either Major revision or Minor revision needs to provide an itemized list describing exactly what the authors need to address in their revision. When the paper is resubmitted it will be sent to the same Editor and reviewers for evaluation.
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