UKAIS Guidelines for Reviewers

For guidance on how to access EasyChair to complete paper reviews please download the detailed UKAIS guidelines for reviewers here.

Reviewers are members of the academic community and should be at least advanced PhD students. They need to have expertise in the domain of the paper and provide feedback to the authors.

How to Write a Review

Reviewing for UKAIS is a serious matter. Reviews determine, whether a research paper should be published, which in the long term has an impact on authors’ professional advancement in the field.

Overall Goal:

UKAIS is an inclusive and developmental conference. Reviewers should review papers with the intention that no paper with merit be excluded from the conference.

Conflict of interest:

You should not review papers with which you have a conflict of interest. Please check the papers that have been assigned to you within 2 days of the assignment and let the Programme Committee (PC) know if you have a potential conflict of interest with a paper assigned to you.

While the review process is double-blind and papers will not be assigned to reviewers from the same institution, you may recognize the work of a close colleague or a prior collaborator (within the last 5 years) and this should be brought to the attention of the PC.

Reviewers need to communicate to a respective PC member if a violation of the double-blind review policy is identified or any of the desk reject criteria is met.

Timely reviewing:

Please submit your reviews on time. We have a very tight deadline and require all of your reviews by 24 January 2020. Thank you in advance for submitting your reviews by this date.

Review content & length:

Each review should start with a short statement that summarizes the paper. The statement then should follow with a summary of positive aspects of the paper. Reviewers are recommended to give friendly and constructive comments. The reviewers should explain the weaknesses of the paper (i.e. what the weaknesses are and WHY they are weaknesses) and should make clear and constructive recommendations for improvement.

It is reasonable to expect that a half- page review can sufficiently cover the above aspects.

Review style & tone:

Please be developmental, constructive, and positive in your reviewing. Keep in mind that we are reviewing papers, not authors, which you might want to reflect in the language you use (rather than: “the authors do/are…” why not say “the paper does/is…”). Remember that many PhD candidates and young scholars submit to UKAIS. For some of them your review may be the first such feedback they receive on their work. Help them learn from this experience even if a paper might not be up to the standard required by our community.

Originality and Plagiarism:

All papers submitted to UKAIS need to contain original work and must not be published in or submitted to other conferences, workshops, books or journals. Thus neither plagiarism OR self-plagiarism are acceptable. All papers need to provide substantial new contribution to the IS body of knowledge. Any hints to plagiarism need to be reported by reviewers to the PC. The reported plagiarism will be investigated. 


It is expected that all participants involved in the review process support the confidentiality of the submitted papers, the other reviewers’ identities and the entire review process.

Important Dates for Reviewers

16 December 2019 Receive Assignment of reviews from PC

6 January 2020 Review deadline(strict deadline)

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Thank you for your support to UKAIS 2020!

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