Volunteer to Review


CIES relies on its members to evaluate all of the paper, panel, round-table, and poster proposals that are submitted to our annual conference. We seek scholars in the field of comparative and international education with a wide range of specializations and areas of expertise to review for the General Pool, Standing Committees, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). We need volunteers at all levels — whether academics, practitioners, or policymakers — who have at least some experience attending CIES conferences. The intellectual rigor and strength of reputation of our annual conference derives in part from our blind peer review process.

For CIES 2020 Miami, reviewers will be asked to evaluate proposals on a four-point scale according to five criteria that correspond to questions to be addressed in proposal summaries (as denoted in the Call for Contributions). Reviewers will assign scores based on how adequately the questions are addressed. Each proposal will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers — and thus we require a large number of volunteers for this important work.

In each unit for which they volunteer (i.e,  General Pool, Committees, SIGs), reviewers should expect to review anywhere between 5–30 proposals, depending upon the number of proposals submitted and the area(s) of the expertise of the volunteer. Review panels will be formed in early October and reviewers will receive their assignments in early October 2019. The CIES 2020 Program Committee will expect all assigned reviews to be completed within two weeks of when they are received.

To volunteer to become a reviewer, please log onto our online submission system, All Academic, and select “Volunteer to become a Chair, Discussant, or Reviewer.” As noted, you may also volunteer to serve as a Chair and/or Discussant for panel or round-table sessions on this page. Your selection of up to five keyword areas of expertise and up to five geographic region areas of expertise will assist our unit planners in assigning proposals to appropriate reviewers.

Thank you for your time and dedication to participate in the CIES2020 review process!