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I have a question about the conferences with rebuttal phase. I know we can see the reviewers comments on our paper and we need to feedback properly according to them. But do they make any decision on "accept/reject" prior the rebuttal phase, and can we see it in the rebuttal phase?

I mean do we have to guess their decision based on their comments or we can see whether they already have decided to "accept/reject" based on the current state of the paper?

For example does anyone know how is it for the CVPR conference?

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In general, the program chairs want to know early which papers should be rejected directly without a rebuttal. To this end, the reviewers provide preliminary decisions with their review. These preliminary decisions are often changed later, based on the additional clarifications from the rebuttal.

The preliminary decisions are usually not visible for the authors, but this can vary across specific conferences.

  • For example the CVPR conference! – Bob Nov 23 '16 at 13:04
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    I don't know about that one. In my area (another subfield of CS), I have been involved in three conferences with a rebuttal phase. The preliminary decisions were never visible to the authors. – lighthouse keeper Nov 23 '16 at 13:07
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    But usually the preliminary decision can be more or less clearly inferred from the review, since reviews are normally written in a way to support the decision. – lighthouse keeper Nov 23 '16 at 13:10

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