Review Process 2021

The 2021 Bratislava Conference builds upon the preparations for the 2020 Bratislava Conference, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving forward, we recognize the importance of continued knowledge advancement in Earth System Governance research, and for additional opportunity to address the turbulent times of 2020. To this end, we have launched a second intake of Abstracts to complement the initial Call for Papers.

The second intake of Call for Papers for the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance will close 15 February 2021. The review process will start soon after and it will be completed on 31 March 2021. For question about the review process, please contact

The review process will be managed by the Earth System Governance International Project Office. This office will invite the International Review Panel in collaboration with the conference chair.

The International Review Panel consists of senior scholars in the international and interdisciplinary Earth System Governance network, including members of the Scientific Steering Committee, members of the Earth System Governance Lead Faculty, Senior Research Fellows and experienced Research Fellows. In addition, for each conference the International Review Panel is complemented with a number of senior researchers from the country or region where the conference is held, as well as senior researchers from around the world who hold particular expertise in the specific topic(s) of the conference. The names of the International Review Panel will be published here after completion of the review process.

The review is double anonymous. This means that the authors of the abstracts of papers submitted in response to the call for papers do not know which reviewer will review their abstract; and that reviewers do not know the author(s) of an abstract.

All formally correct abstracts will be anonymized and randomly allocated to at least four different reviewers for the double anonymous review. Reviewers will grade the abstracts assigned to them on a scale from 5 (excellent/highly appropriate for the conference) to 1 (not appropriate at all), with the option (but not requirement) of adding qualitative comments. Reviewers will be requested to aim at an average grade of about 3 for all abstracts assigned to them in order to further remove grader bias from the system.

Members of the International Review Panel can submit their own abstract to the conference. Due to the random allocation of abstracts to reviewers, it can happen that they will be assigned their own abstract or abstracts of close colleagues. In those cases and all other cases of conflicting interests, reviewers will be requested to refrain from grading and mark the abstract instead as “conflict of interest”

If an abstract receives grades from different reviewers that differ more than 2 points, an additional review will be sought (by randomly allocating the abstract to yet another member of the International Review Panel).

Based on the grades received for each abstract from the International Review Panel, an average grade for every abstract will be calculated, and the abstracts are then ranked accordingly. The best abstracts will be accepted for presentation, whereby the total number of abstracts to be accepted is determined by the capacity of the respective conference.

Please note that for this second intake of Abstracts, the number of papers we can accept may be limited. Priority will be given to thematic relevance and timeliness of proposed topics, within broader considerations of scientific quality.