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How NOT to review a paper. The tools and techniques of the adversarial reviewer

December 18, 2012 Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Resources, Reviewing 

A paper by Graham Cormode (2009) [PDF], sent to me by Rene Garreaud.

The abstract gives you a flavor of how this paper reads….

There are several useful guides available for how to review a paper in Computer Science. These are soberly presented, carefully reasoned and sensibly argued. As a result, they are not much fun. So, as a contrast, this note is a checklist of how not to re- view a paper. It details techniques that are unethical, unfair, or just plain nasty. Since in Computer Science we often present arguments about how an adversary would approach a particular problem, this note describes the adversary’s strategy.

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