Each year, the IA Conference receives many more session proposals than there are slots available. This is awesome. It means that our community is full of ideas and ready to share them. But one way or another, the curation committee — this year made up of the three co-chairs plus curators and a curation manager — must narrow the pool from hundreds of submissions to dozens of sessions. How? With the help of hundreds of volunteers who provide the thousand eyes we need for peer review.
Every main conference submission is assigned randomly to peer review. These are volunteers from the IA community who have agreed to give their time to offer feedback on your proposal. What does it do well and where it could be improved? Peers are there to review only. They don’t determine who gets accepted or rejected. To aid their objectivity, we remove names, identifying details, and other potentially biasing language from submissions.
Becoming a reviewer is one way to contribute to the community and the conference – and you get a sneak peak and the brilliant ideas that might feature in the conference program.