Sunday, March 18, 2012

Registration features

Based on suggestions from SPCOM 2012, EDAS now supports two new ways to restrict event registrations: First, chairs can set events to disallow multiple event registrations for one event and each attendee. (Indeed, this is the default, since it makes little sense for most conferences to have both a student and a regular registration for one event for the same person.)

Second, you can add a category name to the event. Attendees can only choose one event with the same category name. For example, if there are multiple parallel tutorials, you could give them all the same category name, and the attendee could not accidentally register for more than one of them.

Finally, attendees can add notes to registrations, e.g., to indicate special needs or arrival/departure dates.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Plagiarism checking

EDAS uses two mechanisms to check for possible plagiarism. For IEEE conferences, it now uses ithenticate (CrossCheck); for all other conferences, the docoloc service. (The choice is not based on the quality of the external service, but rather simply reflects the fact that IEEE prefers that all of its conferences use CrossCheck, and pays for that service.)

What papers count?

It wasn't always quite clear which papers were counted to compute the EDAS charges. To deal with various special cases, we now count all papers that have been reviewed or that have been accepted or rejected. Generally, for most conferences, these two counts should be identical, but sometimes invited papers are not reviewed and some reviewed papers are later withdrawn, e.g., if the author fails to submit a copyright form or does not register for the conference.

Turn authors into reviewers

You can now automatically turn authors into reviewer candidates, by making all authors who have submitted papers for the conference reviewer candidates. Each candidate is assigned the union of all topics he or she has submitted papers on.