ECIR 2013 is offering a mentoring program, which aims to assist authors in preparing papers for submission to the ECIR 2013 conference, and improve quality of submissions. If you would like help with your submission, you may ask for a mentor: a person who will help you with your submission to the ECIR audience through one-to-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor will help you understand how to align your paper with the expectations of the typical ECIR reviewer. Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions.
To request a mentor, please send an email to Mikhail Ageev (firstname.lastname@example.org), and include:
- Your name and affiliation (for academia, this would include the name of your department and university; for industry or government this would include your company or agency and your job title), and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of any planned co-authors.
- The title and abstract for your planned paper in plain text (not as an attachment). You must have completed a draft paper at the time you apply for mentoring, but do not send your draft paper with your application as you should send it to your mentor.
Reasonable expectations for a mentor include giving advice as to the most appropriate forum for your work, suggesting improvements to your submission, or referring you to relevant research of which you might not have been aware. Typically, a mentor might spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully match mentors to mentees, and wish to support you in developing your work into a high-quality submission with a good chance of being accepted and published.
Note the following:
- People requesting mentoring must have an almost complete submission ready for the mentor to review by the date they request a mentor. Submissions that are incomplete or significantly off-topic may be returned.
- Mentoring program is not intended for language checking and proof-reading of submissions.
- If there is an experienced information retrieval researcher in your department, a request for mentoring may be declined.
- Reviewers will not be informed of whether a paper has been mentored. That is, the fact that a paper was mentored is not considered during the paper selection process.
- Mentors can be requested from July 10 to August 5, 2012.
- Mentors will be assigned: August 20, 2012.
Please, email to Mikhail Ageev email@example.com.