CSCW 2019

Reviewer Mentor Program

Important Dates

  • March 15, 2019: Sign up to be a Student Reviewer
  • March 28, 2019: Sign up to be a Reviewer Mentor

CSCW Student Reviewer Mentor Program

The CSCW Student Reviewer Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in the CSCW review process while getting guidance from senior reviewers. A small pool of students who know the CSCW field well, are matched with CSCW review mentors, who agree to support each student in writing high-quality reviews. This approach has four purposes. First, PC members who choose a student reviewer within the mentor program will know that the student will do a good review, since the mentor will see to that. Second, students will have the opportunity to get feedback and discuss the reviewing process with the mentor, thereby becoming a better reviewer. Third, the students will become expert reviewers for future CSCW conferences, where they may eventually mentor the next generation of students! Fourth, all parties can grow their professional networks through collaborative review-writing.

Instructions, Tricks, and Trade in making CSCW reviews

This document contains tricks of the trade in making CSCW reviews, including overall structure, possible relevant links, and so on. The document is created with the aim of assisting and supporting new CSCW reviewers to the field but can also be used by others.

Other helpful resources are Dan Cosley's blog post "How I review papers?" and Dave Randall's "Reflections on Reviewing for CSCW".

If you have any additional interesting tricks of the trade you would like to share, please email the student reviewing chairs at, and if applicable we will include your material in the instructions.

How do I sign up as a Student Reviewer?

  • Deadline: March 15, 2019

Have a mentor? Make an agreement with a senior reviewer (could be your supervisor or other local people in your department), and then fill out this Google form to provide your name, affiliation, email, 5 topic keywords, as well as your review mentor name, affiliation, and email.

Do not have a mentor? If you do not have a formal agreement with a senior reviewer, you can apply for a mentor by filling out this Google form and providing the following information:

  • your name, affiliation
  • contact information,
  • webpage, if available
  • up to five topics from the CSCW contributions list
  • the analytic methods you would feel comfortable to review, such as qualitative, quantitative, network analysis; or you can be more specific, if you like.

We will use your information and interests to match you to an available mentor.

All student mentees must sign-up as a reviewer in the PCS system.

How do I sign up to be a review mentor?

  • Deadline: March 28, 2019
For this to be a success we really need mentors! To volunteer as a review mentor, please email us at The email should have "CSCW 2019 Student Reviewer Mentoring program - Mentor" in your subject header. The body of the email should include the following information:

  • Name, affiliation, email, how many students you volunteer to mentor and up to 5 areas of expertise to help match you with a student.

We will match mentors and mentees based upon student requests (maturity, engagement, and motivation) and mentor areas of expertise.

All mentors and students will be acknowledged at the CSCW 2019 conference.

Why a Mentoring Review Program?

The increasing numbers of submission for CSCW, as well as the revise & resubmit process makes us all dependent on a large number of good reviewers who are willing to provide expert feedback and engage with authors on their work.

In former CSCW surveys, students have stated that despite volunteering to review for CSCW they are not often chosen by PC members for reviewing tasks.

For questions, please contact the Reviewer Mentorship co-chairs listed below at

Student Reviewer Mentoring Co-Chairs

Myriam Lewkowicz (Troyes University of Technology, France)
Aleksandra Sarcevic (Drexel University, USA)