Information for S&P Associate Editors
Please read the IEEE Computer Society’s Editor Guidelines for detailed information on peer review responsibilities and workflows. Additionally, please read the following information and tips specific to S&P.
Associate editors (AEs) are responsible for the quality, consistency, and impact of the magazine. This is achieved by selecting qualified reviewers and by efficiently managing the peer review process. Articles should be of interest to and accessible by the broad spectrum of S&P readers.
The following are tips on whether to reject a submission with a less-than-stellar set of reviews or to request a major revision:
- Could the revision turn this paper into a first-ranked manuscript (not just a manuscript with major problems fixed)? We encourage you to give guidance on what is expected in the revision, selecting from the various recommendations made by reviewers.
- Is the contribution suitable enough to warrant publication in S&P?
- Is the impact of the paper going to be significant enough to warrant publication in S&P?
If you can answer “yes” to all these questions, give the authors a chance to revise and resubmit:
- You have the discretion to send significantly modified papers back for review, to the same reviewers or including new ones, or to make the final recommendation based on your own careful reading.
- A paper can receive only one “major revision required” assessment. If the resubmitted manuscript does not rise to “accept” or “request minor revisions,” you should reject it.