Tracks

Tracks give you fine-grained control over PC member rights. With tracks, PC members can have different rights to see and review papers, depending on the papers’ tags.

Set up tracks on the Settings > Tracks page.

Example: External review committee

An external review committee is a subset of the PC that may bid on papers to review, and may be assigned reviews (using, for example, the autoassignment tool), but may not self-assign reviews, and may not view reviews except for papers they have reviewed. To set this up:

  • Give external review committee members the “erc” tag.
  • On Settings > Tracks, “For papers not on other tracks,” select “Who can see reviews? > PC members without tag: erc” and “Who can self-assign a review? > PC members without tag: erc”.

Example: PC-paper review committee

A PC-paper review committee is a subset of the PC that reviews papers with PC coauthors. PC-paper review committees are kept separate from the main PC; they only bid on and review PC papers, while the main PC handles all other papers. To set this up:

  • Give PC-paper review committee members the “pcrc” tag.
  • Give PC papers the “pcrc” tag.
  • On Settings > Tracks, add a track for tag “pcrc” and select “Who can see these papers? > PC members with tag: pcrc”. (Users who can’t see a paper also can’t review it, so there’s no need to explicitly set the other permissions.)
  • For papers not on other tracks, select “Who can see these papers? > PC members without tag: pcrc”.

Example: Track chair

A track chair is a PC member with full administrative rights over a subset of papers. To set this up for, say, an “industrial” track:

  • Give the industrial track chair(s) the “industrial-chair” tag.
  • Give industrial-track papers the “industrial” tag.
  • On Settings > Tracks, add a track for tag “industrial”, and select “Who can administer these papers? > PC members with tag: industrial-chair”.

A track chair can run the autoassigner, make assignments, edit papers, and generally administer all papers on their tracks. Track chairs cannot modify site settings or change track tags, however.

Understanding permissions

Tracks restrict permissions. For example, when the “PC members can review any submitted paper” setting is off, no PC member can enter an unassigned review, no matter what the track settings say. It can be useful to “act as” a member of the PC to check which permissions are actually in effect.