A proactive decision support system for reviewer recommendation in academia

Pradhan, Tribikram and Sahoo, Suchit and Singh, Utkarsh and Pal, Sukomal (2021) A proactive decision support system for reviewer recommendation in academia. Expert Systems With Applications, 169. ISSN 0957-4174

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Abstract

Peer review is an essential part of scientific communications to ensure the quality of publications and a healthy scientific evaluation process. Assigning appropriate reviewers poses a great challenge for program chairs and journal editors for many reasons, including relevance, fair judgment, no conflict of interest, and qualified reviewers in terms of scientific impact. With a steady increase in the number of research domains, scholarly venues, researchers, and papers in academia, manually selecting and accessing adequate reviewers is becoming a tedious and time-consuming task. Traditional approaches for reviewer selection mainly focus on the matching of research relevance by keywords or disciplines. However, in real-world systems, various factors are often needed to be considered. Therefore, we propose a multilayered approach integrating Topic Network, Citation Network, and Reviewer Network into a reviewer Recommender System (TCRRec). We explore various aspects, including relevance between reviewer candidates and submission, authority, expertise, diversity, and conflict of interest and integrate them into the proposed framework TCRRec. The paper also addresses cold start issues for researchers having unique areas of interest or for isolated researchers. Experiments based on the NIPS and AMiner dataset demonstrate that the proposed TCRRec outperforms state-of-the-art recommendation techniques in terms of standard metrics of precision@k, MRR, nDCG@k, authority, expertise, diversity, and coverage.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Information and Communication Technology
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 09:30
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 09:30
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157465

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