Mitigating Manipulation in Peer Review via Randomized Reviewer Assignments

29 Jun 2020Steven JecmenHanrui ZhangRyan LiuNihar B. ShahVincent ConitzerFei Fang

We consider three important challenges in conference peer review: (i) reviewers maliciously attempting to get assigned to certain papers to provide positive reviews, possibly as part of quid-pro-quo arrangements with the authors; (ii) "torpedo reviewing," where reviewers deliberately attempt to get assigned to certain papers that they dislike in order to reject them; (iii) reviewer de-anonymization on release of the similarities and the reviewer-assignment code. On the conceptual front, we identify connections between these three problems and present a framework that brings all these challenges under a common umbrella... (read more)

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