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I've submitted a paper to a computer vision conference (a top one), and recently recieved reviews from the reviewers. An issue was that one of the reviewers provided an incorrect review (i.e., a review meant for another paper than ours).

At the moment, I do not know which Area Chair (AC) manages my submission. All I can do is to contact the Program Chair (PC). Should I contact PC about this before submitting my rebuttal (i.e., responses to the reviews)?

The context is that my advisor told me that if I contact PC for this reason, it might be interference. So I was kind of scard and this is why I ask a question here. Also, it might not be completely obvious to others that the review is an incorrect one (althoguh it is completely clear to me).

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    And what has that advisor of yours recommended to do instead?
    – Karl
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 20:05

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I do not know which AC manages my submission. All I can do is to contact PC.

Therefore...

Should I contact PC about this before submitting my rebuttal

Yes, or more broadly: use whatever contact information you have for the organizers. There is no point in rebutting an editorial mistake.

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    Sending a formal "rebuttal" may cause even more confusion, if somebody (e.g. a secretary or administrator) thinks it came from the real author of the paper. You don't have a review to respond to yet - you just have some mail that was sent to the wrong person.
    – alephzero
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 17:09
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My advisor told me that if I contact PC for this reason, it might be interference.

Your advisor is mistaken. If you had contacted the Program Committee chair trying to influence the refereeing process - yes, that would have been inappropriate. But it is actually very common for authors to contact PC chairs, for a variety of reason:

  • Problems with the paper submission system.
  • Delays in replies.
  • Requests for clarifications regarding the call for papers.
  • Questions regarding the submissibility of papers
  • Requests for deadline extensions (not saying that these are granted though...)

so it's not considered inappropriate in general.

Also remember that program committee chairs typically don't referee/review submissions themselves, so you're not contacting the person who's reviewing your work, nor interfering with that review.

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  • Thank you for clearing this up!
    – le4m
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 22:31

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