All papers submitted to the journal are first assessed for editorial fit with CS&E’s mission and standards. Papers that are aligned with the journal’s goals and standards are assigned to a Section Editor, who is responsible for managing the review process. The Section Editor works with an Associate Editor and reviewers, who provide feedback to authors. It is CS&E’s goal to make a final determination on a paper in no more than two rounds of revision, although exceptions may occur in rare instances.
The peer review process is the foundation for “good science” that can be published in a top journal. It is also a voluntary activity that consumes significant resources in terms of scholarly time and effort. Editors, reviewers, and authors are encouraged to pay careful attention to ensuring the quality and fidelity of the process. While reviewers typically evaluate papers along multiple criteria and there is no single recipe for a successful paper, new authors are encouraged to circulate papers for informal feedback prior to submission to the journal. It is important that authors accurately report the provenance of papers submitted to CS&E, as outlined in the submission guidelines. Authors are also encouraged to have their papers assessed for expositional clarity prior to submission.