Track Chairs (TCs) organize one of the 28 Tracks at ECIS 2020. They organize a team of Associate Editors (AE) within their track, monitor the review process in the respective track and prepare the final decisions on the submissions of research papers (RP) and research-in-progress papers (RiP). A person may act as a TC in only one track. TCs should not submit papers to their own tracks, but are free to do so in to the general track or the other tracks. A TC should not be an AE in other tracks.
TCs monitor and are responsible for the reviews of the papers submitted to their tracks. If an AE fails to review a paper in time, it is the TCs responsibility to find an alternative AE or reviewer or, in the worst case, review the paper him/herself. Brief or inappropriate reviews are not acceptable. Such reviews need to be replaced by a high quality one. Accordingly, we suggest that TCs have a small pool of back-up AEs and reviewers who are able to review papers on short notice. This is especially important as we have the need for three reviews and a meta-review from an AE per paper. Each paper should receive three reviews plus one meta-review of high quality.
Overall the TCs will make a judgment of the papers in their track and if in doubt can make their own review of any borderline paper before they make their recommendations. All in all, each paper will have three double blind reviews, plus one meta-review from an AE, and one judgment from the TC. Paper acceptance rate per track is around 30%, variations are expected to be small. PCs will provide an exact number of papers that should be accepted in your track.
The TCs are responsible for making a joint decision about the recommendations for each paper. TCs submit to the PCs their recommendations per paper by February 4, 2020 (this is a strict deadline). The PCs reserve the right to ask for further justification of the TCs’ decisions, including a request for further reviews.
TCs make two types of acceptance recommendations based on the paper types (RP or RiP):
· acceptance recommendations on reviewed “completed research papers” (RP) to Program Co-Chairs (PCs),
· acceptance recommendations on reviewed “research-in-progress papers” (RiP) to Program Co-Chairs (PCs).
The ultimate decision about the acceptance/rejection of a paper rests with the PCs. The Program Chairs will also send out the notifications to all Authors. TCs should under no circumstances email notifications to the authors – this will be done by Program Chairs once the decisions in all tracks have been finalized.
It is the responsibility of the TCs to make sure that the final version of an accepted or conditionally accepted paper is resubmitted by March 31, 2020, that it addresses the Reviewers’ comments and suggestions, and that it is in the required format. The Program Chairs will send out the new notification to the conditionally accepted papers by April 15, 2020.
TCs submit a draft program (including optimal clustering and flow of the papers and proposed Session Chairs) and four nominations: for best research paper, for best research-in-progress paper, for the most innovative paper (The Ciborra Award), and for the best reviewer in their track to the Program Chairs by May 5, 2020.
At the conference, TCs obtain information from Session Chairs about any incidents within the session (e.g. a no-show of a presenter) and communicate these to the Program Chairs.
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