The guidelines were developed by Professor Saiedian in mid
2000's for his software engineering (SE) students. Any EECS student may
use these guidelines for other classes by ignoring SE-specific requirements.
A PDF version of these guidelines is
Preparing weekely paper reviews
Students who choose to do weekly paper reviews as their
special research project should follow the following minimal
requirements. Additional requirements will be provided depending
on the course where such reviews will be an option:
Submit the list of at least 10 papers related to the
course topic that you would like to review by the third week of
the semester. The list should be formatted using one of the
well-known bibliographic styles (e.g, the APA or the Harvard,
or the IEEE Transactions). You may consider consulting my
guidelines for writing a term paper for more information.
The primarily source of reading should be peer-reviewed
papers for the course you are enrolled in (see the course
syllabus for that course). For introductory courses, articles
primarily from the following lesser technical journals should
be selected: Communications of the ACM, IEEE Computer,
IEEE Software (see the course syllabus for the course you
are registered in). For non-introductory, for example
for software engineering courses, choose articles from
the transactions, e.g., for software engineering, IEEE
Transactions on Software Engineering and ACM Transactions on
Software Engineering and Methodology.
The selected papers should be peer-reviewed research work.
Commentaries and anecdotal experience reports without actual
experiments or empirical studies will not be approved.
The chosen papers should be minimally seven pages. Strive
for papers that have been published during the past four years.
The reference listing should be as complete as possible. It is
very likely that your references will include journal articles,
conference proceedings articles, books (or chapters in a book
or in a collection), and technical reports. The following is
a list of required items for each of such article:
When submitting the list of papers for approval, use a
well-known bibliography style, e.g., the APA or Harvard style. For
each paper, you should minimally provide the following: all
authors, paper title, journal title, volume, number, pages,
Your reviews should be at least two pages
(singlespace). Your review should be a true review,
evaluation, and takeaways of the work. Avoid paragraph by paragraph
summaries. Your first paragraph should be a summary of
the entire article (the authors, motivation, methodology,
validation approach, and contributions and results.
Paper reviews should be provided in printed format at
the beginning of each class session. For each review, provide
Your full name
Review # and date
Full citation of the paper being reviewed
Follow the above with your written review. At the end, it is OK to
include one or two additional references (in ABA or Harvard
bibliography style) that you may have cited in your review.
Two powerful digital libraries (links)
Professor Hossein Saiedian
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
2001 Eaton Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045-7621
+1 785 864-8812
saiedian at eecs.ku.edu