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General Information
    • ISSN: 2382-6185
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Knowl. Eng.
    • Frequency: Quarterly (2015-2016); semiyearly (Since 2017)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJKE
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Chen-Huei Chou
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
    • Indexed by: Google Scholar, Crossref, ProQuest
    • E-mail: ijke@ejournal.net
Prof. Chen-Huei Chou
College of Charleston, SC, USA
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJKE. I will do my best to help develop this journal better.
IJKE 2017 Vol.3(2): 65-73 ISSN: 2382-6185
doi: 10.18178/ijke.2017.3.2.089

Utilizing Academic-Network-Based Conflict of Interests for Paper Reviewer Assignment

Sixing Yan, Jian Jin, Qian Geng, Yue Zhao, and Xirui Huang
Abstract—Peer-review is the most common practice for accessing submitted papers. Previous research mainly focused on maximizing topic relevance and avoiding direct Conflict of Interest (COI) relationship between submitted authors of papers and reviewers. However, potential relationships of Conflict of Interests were not considered which might cause unfair in reviewing process. Hence, in this research, an approach of paper-reviewer assignment was proposed considering potential Conflict of Interests between authors of submitted papers and reviewers. First, academic networks of scholar-to-scholar and institution-to-institution were extracted from their academic activities records. Second, potential conflict of interests of papers-reviewers were measured utilizing paths distance between related authors and reviewers on in academic networks, topic relevance of papers-reviewers was measured using similarity between submitted papers content and publications of reviewers. Third, the paper-reviewer assignment approach was linked to a minimum cost maximum flow problem, which maximized topic relevance and minimized Conflict of Interests under the given constraints. With a big volume of real scholar data and a real task of conference paper-reviewer assignment, the proposed approach was evaluated. The experimental results validated the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Index Terms—Paper-reviewer assignment, expertise matching, conflict of interests, academic network.

Sixing Yan, Jian Jin, and Qian Geng are with School of Government, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (e-mail: yansixing@mail.bnu.edu.cn, jinjian.jay@bnu.edu.cn, gengqian@bnu.edu.cn). Yue Zhao is with the School of History, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (e-mail: zhaoyue@mail.bnu.edu.cn). Xirui Huang is with the Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (e-mail: Xhua4717@uni.sydney.edu.au).


Cite: Sixing Yan, Jian Jin, Qian Geng, Yue Zhao, and Xirui Huang, "Utilizing Academic-Network-Based Conflict of Interests for Paper Reviewer Assignment," International Journal of Knowledge Engineering vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 65-73, 2017.

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