The submissions are reviewed by two committees:
- Program Committee (PC) Members
assign external reviewers and make final recommendations for a subset
of submitted papers. The list of PC members can be found here.
- External Reviewers provide an
evaluation for a set of papers (around 6 papers per reviewer on
average). Each paper is assigned to at least 3 external reviewers. The
reviewers are recruited by the program chairs, and their competence is
carefully verified in consultation with the PC members and senior
Each PC member acts both as a Primary and a Secondary PC member:
- A Primary PC Member assigns the
external reviewers. He/She knows the identity of the authors and
manages the assignment of reviewers. He/She leads the discussion
process with the external reviewers. Primary PC member ensures at
least three solid reviews for each of his/her Primary papers, but does
not make any recommendation or decision about these papers.
- A Secondary PC Member makes
acceptance/rejection recommendations. He/She does not know the
identity of the authors and makes a recommendation for papers that are
a different set from his/her Primary papers. Each paper discussed at
the PC meeting will have two independent recommendations from
secondary PC members.
Note: The terms "Primary" and
"Secondary" do not represent their intuitive meanings. They just mean
two different roles. Separating the above two roles helps to eliminate
inadvertent bias in final recommendations that might come from knowing
the identity of the authors.
The review process proceeds as follows:
- Assignment of PC Members. Each
submitted paper is assigned to one Primary PC Member and two Secondary
PC members. The assignment is based on the preferences of the authors
provided with the submission and on the content of the paper.
- Assignment of External Reviewers by Primary
PC Members. The Primary PC member assigns at least three
external reviewers to evaluate the paper. The assignment takes
conflicts of interest into account by making sure that the reviewers
are from different organizations and different regions/countries, and
includes at least one senior researcher or expert in the
subject. Primary PC members will make the best effort to assign the
right peer reviewers for each paper.
- Review by External Reviewers.
External reviewers work on their reviews without knowing the identity
of authors. The Primary PC member monitors the build-up of reviews and
contacts reviewers if their reviews are lacking in content or tone.
- Early Acceptance/Rejection. The
papers for which there is consensus among the reviewers are
accepted/rejected with no further discussion by the program
committee. External reviews of those papers are sent to the authors.
- Rebuttal Period. For the remaining
papers, the authors receive the external reviews and are invited to
submit a short rebuttal.
- Discussion among External Reviewers.
The Primary PC member engages reviewers in a discussion, urges them to
consider the authors' rebuttal and to update their reviews and
scores. The purpose of discussion is not necessarily to reach
consensus among the reviewers but to eliminate misunderstanding and
strengthen the reviews. Throughout the entire process, the Primary PC
member refrains from influencing the external reviewers.
- Recommendation by Secondary PC
Members. For each paper, two Secondary PC members make a
recommendation about acceptance or rejection of the paper and may also
recommend the paper for oral presentation and awards. When making the
recommendation, Secondary PC members do not know the identity of the
- Final Decisions. The program chairs
compile all recommendations and the Program Committee finalizes
acceptance/rejection decisions, oral talks and award nominations
during the PC meeting. The award winners are decided later by the
MICCAI award committee chaired by a designated board member.
- Notification of Acceptance. The
authors are notified about the decision and are provided the external
reviews and notes from the PC that offer additional information on how
the decision was made. In the case of a procedural error, the authors
may submit a formal complaint to the Program Chairs who will promptly
investigate the case.
- Preparation of Camera Ready Copy.
The accepted papers must be finalized for publication in the
proceedings. Papers not received by the deadline will not be included
in the program.