My coauthors and I have submitted a paper for a well respected conference in a subfield of theoretical computer science. This is the kind of conference where the authors receive feedback before the final decision, and they have a chance to respond.
- There were about 240 submissions. I know this because my paper was sent in the very last minutes and the submission server closed precisely at the announced deadline.
- The conference accepts between 25-30% of papers. In the last year there were about 80 accepted papers for about the same number of submissions.
- Each reviewer of a paper gives a score from the scale -2(strong reject), -1(weak reject), 0(boderline), 1(weak accept),2(strong accept).
- Each reviewer gives a confidence score to its review. I think that it varies from 1(not very sure) to 5(expert)
- Each paper has three reviews (ideally).
Once, when talking with a colleague that uses to participate on program committees he told me that in many conferences, a great percentual of papers are accepted/rejected only with basis on the score given by easychair, while those that are not so clear go to voting.
- What percentual of papers are usually accepted automatically, i.e. only with basis on the automatic ranking system of easychair?
- Which score a paper should receive to be a clear accept? (assuming the paper has no flaws, and that no program committee member will claim to have found a flaw.)
- My paper got a score of (2,1,1), that is to say, one strong accept and two weak accepts. The reviewers confidence were not disclosed but from the reviews I could see that they were either 4 (high) or 5 (expert). Would such a score guarantee the paper to be on the safe side?