Conference Paper Review Board
The CASE Conference Paper Review Board (CPRB) is organized around a number of tracks that reflect the primary methodological and application areas of the corresponding community. The current tracks recognized by the CPRB are as follows:
- Foundations of Automation and Internet-enabled Automation
- Manufacturing Automation and Automation for Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability
- Automation in Logistics, Supply Chains and Transportation
- Automation in Life Sciences and Health-Care Systems
- Automation in Meso, Micro and Nano-Scale and Mechatronics
Each track is supported by one or two Editors (EDs) and a number of Associate Editors (AEs). The exact number of EDs and AEs appointed for each track is based on the expected volume of submissions, as projected from the past data, and the diversity of the areas that are covered by the track. The entire CPRB is managed by the Editor-in-Chief (EiC), who holds a three-year appointment.
Upon his/her appointment, the EiC recruits the persons who will serve as EDs for the various CPRB tracks, and subsequently the EDs assist in the identification and recruitment of the necessary AEs that will staff the corresponding tracks.
Each track is associated with a number of keywords, and collected submissions are automatically directed to the different tracks according to these keywords. Subsequently, the track EDs will direct each received submission to an AE that matches the paper keywords, and this AE will be responsible for obtaining at least two high-quality reviews for each paper that s/he handles, and for preparing an AE recommendation that explains the recommended decision regarding the paper acceptance. The AEs will also help to identify papers to be considered for awards. The track EDs will be responsible for reviewing and endorsing the work done by the AEs on the track submissions. They will also organize all this work in a digest that will be employed by the EiC and the Organization Committee (OC) of the conference for making the final decision for each paper.
The ultimate responsibility for the conference content, acceptance rate, symposia, etc. rests with the Organization Committee. The purpose of the CPRB is to ensure a high quality, robust, reliable and consistent review process.
Finally, it should also be mentioned that, from a more procedural standpoint, CASE submissions are organized into three categories:
- Regular Papers (RPs)
- Special Session Papers (SSPs)
- Presentation-Only Papers (POPs)
Submissions in the first two categories are sent for external reviews, according to the basic process that was outlined in the previous paragraphs of this document. Presentation-only papers are reviewed internally by the AEs of the corresponding tracks, since these write-ups are not included in the official proceedings of the conference.