Setting Up your Reviewer Portal and Assigning Review

Please note, the Call for Abstracts/Proposals System  module is required to use this feature.

As part of the Proposal process, reviewers play the role of assessing any incoming applications. This role is meant to measure how viable a proposed session will be and if they are appropriate for the event.

This article will cover how to set up reviewers for proposals. For information on how to set up calls, please review our Setting up your Call for Proposals article.

Creating and Assigning Review Forms for Calls

Before reviewers can conduct a review, there needs to be a form associated with the call. Review forms are meant to assess the validity of submissions as well as add any additional comments they may have on any given submission.

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Advanced > Custom Forms
  2. Above the Forms table, select Create
  3. Under the Name field, enter the name of the form
  4. Under Category, select General Survey
  5. Under Description, enter a description for the form if necessary
  6. For the purposes of this form, Portal Active and Authentication Required can be ignored
  7. Select Add Question to create all questions for your form
  8. Select Save Changes

While the majority of your time will be spent in the Reviewers section, the Call section possesses relevant options for your reviewers.

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Proposals > Calls
  2. Select the Call(s) you wish to assign a custom form to
  3. Navigate to the Review tab
  4. Toggle on Hide Personally Identifying Information to prevent the review panel from viewing direct personally identifying information connected to submissions such as names or email addresses
  5. Toggle on Open Proposal Review Portal, to allow reviewers to submit reviews for their assigned proposals
    1. Toggling off this checkbox will prevent reviews from being submitted.
  6. Under Submission Review Portal, enter the maximum number of reviews that can be submitted for the proposal
  7. Under Custom Form, select the form you wish for the reviewer to use to evaluate the proposal
    1. This is a necessary step to set up for reviewers. If left blank, the reviewer(s) will not be able to submit a review.
  8. Under Instructions For Reviewers, enter any instructions you wish to share with Reviewers
  9. Select Save Changes

Assigning Review Forms

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Proposals > Calls
  2. Select the Call(s) you wish to assign a custom form to
  3. Navigate to the Review tab
  4. Under Custom Form, select the form you wish for the reviewer to use to evaluate the proposal
  5. Select Save Changes

Creating Reviewers

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Proposals > Reviewers
  2. Above the Reviewer table, select Create
  3. Under First Name, Last Name, and Email Address, enter the information of your reviewer
  4. Under Tracks, select any tracks that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  5. Under Target Audiences, select any Target Audiences that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  6. Under Calls, select any Calls you would like to limit the reviewer to 
  7. Under Proposals, select any b you would like to limit the reviewer to
  8. Under Instructions, select any Instructions you would like to limit the reviewer to
    1. These instructions will appear in the Reviewer Portal at the top of each proposal page.
  9. Select Save Changes

Assigning Proposals to Reviewers

As the applications come in, these proposals will appear in the Reviewer Portal. By default, all applications are visible from the Reviewer Portal. As discussed above, the proposals Reviewers see can be filtered by tracks, target audiences, calls, and even specific proposals. Reviewers will not see any proposals that do not fit with the filters.

Another way to assign proposals is by Auto Assigning them among reviewers.

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Proposals > Reviewers
  2. Above the Reviewer table, select Actions > Auto Assign Proposals
  3. Toggle on Accept
  4. Under Calls, select any calls that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  5. Under Tracks, select any tracks that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  6. Under Formats, select any tracks that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  7. Under Target Audiences, select any target audiences that you would like to limit the reviewer to
  8. Under Reviewers Per Proposal, enter the maximum number of reviewers for each proposal
  9. Select Save Changes

The proposals will be automatically divided based on the above criteria.

Editing the Reviewer Welcome Email Template

The Reviewer Welcome Email is a convenient way to share access to the reviewer portal for multiple reviewers at once.

Sending Reviewer Welcome Emails from the Event Dashboard

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Proposals > Reviewers
  2. Select the checkbox of the reviewer(s) that you wish for
  3. Above the Reviewers table, select Actions > Send Welcome Email
  4. Select Confirm

The Reviewer Welcome Email can be customized as required.

  1. From the Event Dashboard, navigate to Communications > Email Templates
  2. Select Reviewer Welcome from the list
  3. Under Subject, enter the email header
  4. Under Body Text, enter the content of the email
  5. Toggle on Remove Default Welcome Message to remove the default greeting that is included in the email
  6. Toggle off Enable Call-To-Action Button to remove the button leading to the Reviewer Portal
  7. For the purposes of this email template, it is fine to ignore Enable Attachment
  8. Select Save Changes

Utilizing the Proposal Data report

The Proposal Data Report will provide data on all proposals made towards your event. For instructions on how to do this, please review our Downloading Call for Proposal Data Reports article.

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