Call for Participation:

Top Picks community input

Submitted by Karin Strauss

IEEE Micro Top Picks: community input web site now open

IEEE Micro will publish its yearly Micro’s Top Picks from Computer Architecture
Conferences as its May / June 2015 issue. This issue collects some of this
year’s most significant research papers in computer architecture based on
novelty and potential for long-term impact.

The Top Picks committee will recognize those significant and insightful papers
that have the potential to influence the work of computer architects for years
to come. The selection has been traditionally based on reviews by the committee
and a small number of external reviewers. This year we want to experiment with
gathering community input as well. In other words, we would like to have your

The community input website will be open between Dec 18, 2014 and Jan 17,
2015. Reviews will be anonymous to the authors but they will not be anonymous
to the selection committee. We will be checking very closely for conflicts of
interest, therefore we ask that community reviewers do not spend time
submitting reviews of conflicted papers because they will not be considered.
Here are the conflict rules: worked for the same institutions in the last 5
years; co-author on a paper or co-PI on a proposal in the last 5 years; advisor
advisee relationships (forever); family relations by blood or marriage

As pointed out, gathering community input is an experiment for Top Picks. We
would like to make it a successful one so that the selection process in future
years remains open to the community at large. Therefore, we ask those who
choose to review submissions to follow the highest ethics standards and to
provide constructive input. We have a plan on how we are going to use this
input, but we reserve ourselves the right to not use the input at all if we
feel it will not be constructive.

If you would like to provide input, please follow these two simple steps:

1. Create an account at the community input website between Dec 18, 2014 and
Jan 17, 2015. We will only consider reviews from users with an institutional
email (university or company).

2. After creating an account, you will be able to log in, see the submissions
and write reviews for any paper you are not conflicted with.

Please participate! Happy Holidays!

-Luis Ceze and Karin Strauss
IEEE Micro Top Picks 2015 Selection Committee Chairs