Structured Prediction

CS 6355, Spring 2021

Paper Reviews

Reading research papers

One of the goals of this class is to make you comfortable with reading CS research papers. Reading a research paper is a learned skill. Here are some pointers that may help you on that front.


Most assignments for this class will take the form of paper reviews. Typically, you will be given a list of papers (taken from the lecture pages), from which you can choose one paper to review. You can submit your review any time before the deadline via Canvas.

I am hoping that the reviews will be like peer reviews for conference or journal papers. We will use a Canvas form for this purpose.

For each paper, you should first start off with a one paragraph description of the core contribution of the paper in your own words, followed by a list of pros and cons of the approach. After this, you should be creative and discuss how you would extend or develop this paper, if you had been the author. End the review with questions, doubts, or any thoughts about the paper. You could also list experiments or results that you think would strengthen the paper.

Some tips

Some resources to help you write better reviews