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SIOP Seeks 2016 Conference Reviewers


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP needs YOUR help to ensure a successful 2016 annual conference in Anaheim. Please consider serving the Society by signing up to review for next year’s conference.

A high-quality SIOP program would simply not be possible without the efforts of so many who offer their valuable time to review submissions. We need your help to make the process both constructive for submitters and manageable for those who volunteer to review.

    To volunteer, please go to the reviewer preference form on the SIOP website here.

All current SIOP Fellows, Members, Associates, International Affiliates, and retired members are eligible to serve as reviewers. If you are a Student Affiliate, you are also eligible if you have defended your dissertation proposal and have presented as a first author at a prior SIOP conference.

Benefits for Reviewers:

In addition to the SIOP Program Committee’s sincere gratitude and the intrinsic reward from serving your profession in such a meaningful way, your service as a reviewer will be recognized in the printed conference program as well as on the SIOP website. You will also be recognized during the conference by a special ribbon designation that you can put on your badge. We also plan to continue with the new development component to the review process that we first instituted last year, which we hope will enhance the experience for reviewers. After acceptance decisions are made, you will be able to log into the SIOP website and view your comments along with the comments made by the other reviewers for each submission that you reviewed, similar to the process used by journals. All comments will remain anonymous. You will also be able to see the acceptance status of each reviewed session.

How does the review process work?

The conference submission and review process is conducted entirely online. Reviewers will receive papers to review in early October and will submit reviews about 3 weeks later. We intend that reviewers will receive no more than 5 papers to review.  We also recognize that certain submission formats (e.g., posters) take significantly longer to review than others.  We will do our best to evenly distribute the session types so that no one reviewer receives all posters. Please note that the more reviewers who sign up, the more we can reduce each individual reviewer’s workload.

What is expected of reviewers?

Although comments to authors are extremely helpful and expected, they are only are meant to serve a developmental purpose for authors. Only the quantitative ratings are used to make acceptance decisions. Thus, a long review (such as that for a journal) is not necessary – most reviews take between 20 and 45 minutes to complete. We will ask you to indicate your content areas of expertise and will make every attempt to send you papers that fall within your areas of interest. You will also receive a review guidance/advice document alongside submissions to further facilitate the process for providing high-quality reviews.


Technical questions about the reviewer registration process should be addressed to Larry Nader in the SIOP Administrative Office at lnader@siop.org. If you have any other questions, please contact 2016 SIOP Program Chair Scott Tonidandel, Davidson College, at program@siop.org.

If you have volunteered to review in past years, we would greatly appreciate your continued support! If you are considering joining our team of volunteer reviewers for the first time, we welcome you aboard!

Thank you for considering serving SIOP and our profession in this critical role!