Below are our preliminary workshop guidelines. They directly follow from the the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes, which are modeled on those of the Conflict Consortium Virtual Workshop and Charles Tilly's Workshop in Contentious Politics.
I) The overriding purpose of the virtual workshop is to improve the research being discussed. A good comment doesn't just point out a weakness in the project, it also suggests what could be done to make it better. Erudition displays are discouraged.
II) Authors are not required to present their work. Rather, they should aim to distribute their paper at least seven days in advance. Working papers to be presented in the workshop should be complete and reasonably polished drafts.
III) One of the discussants provides a brief critique of the work to get us started. The author is given an opportunity to respond. Then the floor is opened for the other participants to contribute.
IV) We may post a screenshot or video of the session on this site unless one of the participants objects.
V) Participants must have read the paper and provide feedback to the author.
VI) We expect reciprocity in that authors should be willing to discuss someone else’s research in the future.
VII) In addition to oral comments, discussants are encouraged to email written comments to the author after the workshop to communicate specialized knowledge (citations, technical points that could not be covered verbally) or to point out issues that did not receive sufficient attention during the workshop session.