The ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) offers a mentoring program for papers being submitted to the ACM SIGIR 2010 conference. If you would like help with your submission, you may ask for a mentor: a person who will help you with your submission to the SIGIR audience through one-to-one advising, usually via e-mail. A mentor can also familiarize you with the standards and deadlines of SIGIR submissions. He or she will also help you understand how to align your paper with the expectations of the typical SIGIR reviewer. Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions.
Mentors are primarily available for full papers. To request a mentor, please send an email to Ian Ruthven (firstname.lastname@example.org). Requests can be sent at anytime between November 1, 2009 and November 20, 2009. No requests will be accepted after November 20th. Please include:
Reasonable expectations for a mentor include giving advice as to the most appropriate forum for your work, suggesting improvements to your submission, suggesting how to deal with language problems, or referring you to relevant research of which you might not have been aware. Typically, a mentor might spend 3-7 hours on a submission. We carefully match mentors to mentees, and wish to support you in developing your work into a high-quality submission with a good chance of being accepted and published.
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