As a reviewer of a manuscript submitted for consideration in MoRSE 2019 conference, you are helping the committee with the evaluation of both the technical content and quality of presentation. To be acceptable for publication, the manuscript must describe a new, previously unpublished contribution to the knowledge base and toolbase for mechatronics, robotics and systems engineering fields. Contributions may range from experimental results using new methods for certain applications, to new concepts for real-time analysis and simulations, to novel modeling and validation/verification, or to innovative synthesis techniques in mechatronics, robotics and systems engineering. Descriptions of new application domains where systems view methods have not been applied previously are also acceptable contributions.
The overriding question regarding the content is: does the paper present new information of interest to mechatronics, robotics and systems engineering research and development communities? If it does, we want to include it in the conference program and proceedings. Assuming the manuscript contains novel technical content, it is also important to ensure that the presentation is clear, concise, and complete. These criteria can often seem to be conflicting, but it is critical that the papers published in MoRSE 2019 conference be readable. The best way for you to evaluate the quality of presentation is to consider your own experience reading the manuscript and ask the following questions accordingly:
- Could you understand the point?
- Could the authors have said it more clearly, or more briefly?
- Which sections were hard to follow? Which sections could be compressed or expanded?
- Should they add something to make the article accessible to a broader audience?
The key to a good evaluation of the presentation is to be as specific as possible. Your review will guide the authors in making revisions to the paper. You need not re-write the paper for the authors, but you should tell them as precisely as possible where the revisions need to be made and why.