Writing a Review

Write your review in 3 sections:
1. Summary of the paper in your words.
2. The plus points of the paper.
3. Concerns about the paper.

Clearly writing the plus points is usually easy, since it is authors primary job. If you are finding this hard, then the paper is in trouble.

Spend your time in finding all the holes in the paper. There can be several shortcomings in the paper. Categorize them in major and minor concerns:
Examples of major concerns:
1. Assumptions wrong/unrealistic?
2. Fair comparison against the latest related work?
3. Not discussed all the relevant related work?
4. State the contributions of the paper clearly?
5. Experiments must prove their contribution, not something else
6. Is the problem important, or madeup?

Examples of minor concerns:
1. Spelling mistakes
2. Grammar
3. Writing style