The reviewing followed an open review approach, where the names of the reviewers were revealed to the authors and ultimately to the public. In fact, it can be considered as a “reverse-blind” process since the reviewers could not see the names of the authors while reviewing.
The selection process by the technical program committee was performed smoothly. Almost all the TPC members did an excellent job in providing high-quality reviews and participated in the follow up discussions, which greatly facilitated the selection process. The TPC chairs ultimately assumed the responsibility of the decisions but in most cases chairs and TPC members were in agreement. The selection process resulted in 15 accepted out of 42 submitted papers (acceptance rate 35%). It was the sentiment of the TPC members and the chairs to not sacrifice quality for the sake of having a longer program.
The resulting program was very satisfactory in content and quality. It revolved primarily around peer-to-peer technologies, measurements and modeling, security, and novel network architectures. Due to the fewer number of papers, the program is organized in only one day.
Attendance of the workshop was good, with around 40 registrations which is more than double the number of the accepted papers. The morning sessions were well attended with approximately 30-35 attendees simultaneously present at two distinct counts. The afternoon sessions were less attended, as expected, but still there were 10-20 people in the room.
Authors and reviewers provided feedback on their experience with the open review process. On average, authors found that the reviews were of better quality. At the same time, reviewers claimed that they were not hindered in stating what they wanted in the reviews. Both groups were in favor of maintaining the open review format for next year.
[Report submitted by Michalis Faloutsos and Reza Rejaie, Co-Chairs GI 2007, 5/23/2007.]