The following instructions apply to all paper types accepted by the IEEE CSR 2021 conference and its associated workshops: regular research papers, Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers providing insights in conference’s or workshop’s areas, as well as industrial papers promoting contributions on technology development, innovations and implementations. Please, make sure that the guidelines are read carefully before your work is submitted.
The IEEE CSR conference (including workshops) proceedings will be published by the IEEE and will be included in IEEE Xplore.
All the submissions must be original work of sufficient detail to be evaluated by expert reviewers in the field. Overlaps with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers, from any of the authors, should be clearly documented in the manuscript. All the submissions are expected to present the prior state-of-the-art in the field and clearly discuss the paper’s significant and novel contributions. This is imperative for regular research papers, and involves highlighting how the current contributions differ from and advance the state-of-the-art.
The IEEE CSR 2021 conference and all the workshops utilize the same conference management system (CMS) to handle all submissions and the reviewing process. Submitting authors will have to provide the paper’s details before uploading their manuscript (see details below). Please, ensure the correctness of the authors’ Participant Type (IEEE member, IEEE student, etc.) since this will be later used in order to automatically compute the registration fees of the participants.
When submitting your manuscript, please make sure that it is submitted to the intended venue (main conference or a workshop) by selecting the proper item in the Topic Areas drop down list. In accordance to the call for papers (CFP), the main conference provides three distinct tracks
- 1T1 Cyber security;
- 1T2 Cyber resilience; and
- 1T3 Complex CPS security
whereas each workshop is associated with a unique track identifier 2Tx. If you are not sure which venue or track you should submit your paper, you can use the list of topics as a general guideline. Submitted papers should have an abstract not exceeding 150 words and be assigned a list of keywords, typically between five to eight; these are also provided into the conference’s CMS during the paper submission process, where the paper’s Submission Type has to be defined
- Regular papers;
- SoK papers;
- Industrial papers; and
The last option should be used for demos or participants attending the conference without presenting a paper. The reviewers will take the paper’s type into account when conducting their reviews.
The submitting author is responsible for obtaining the appropriate publication clearances before the manuscript’s submission. Manuscripts received after the submission deadline or failing to conform to the conference’s guidelines, risk rejection without a review. In any case, you can contact the Program Chairs (PC) for matters related to the technical program.
Authors will have to access the IEEE CSR conference management system in order to submit their papers. Once this is done, please follow the steps below:
- Follow the Register participant or New Submission link if you are accessing the system for the first time; otherwise go to step 4.
- Fill-in the details (authors, title, abstract, keywords, etc.) related to the paper and submit the form; it is important to select a strong password.
- You will receive an email with a unique paper ID; this will be used for completing the submission process and also during registration. Please check your spam folder if you didn’t receive an email.
- Use your paper’s ID and password to login to the system and complete the submission; you may also edit already available information about the paper.
- Click on the Upload File menu and the Paper_PDF option; you will be presented with a form to upload the manuscript (16MB limit); also upload any required supplementary material (see next).
- A confirmation email will follow after submission; you can check the paper’s review status at any time by clicking the Check Status menu.
The above process is repeated for each paper; note that the submission deadlines are in Anywhere on Earth (AoE) timezone. If you face any issues with the conference management system, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manuscripts submitted to IEEE CSR 2021 conference and workshops must not exceed 6 pages, including tables, figures, references and appendices, plus 2 extra pages being subject to overlength page charges (100 EUR per page); the same applies to camera-ready papers. The reviewers should not be required to read appendices. Manuscripts can be less than 6 pages, but should make a similar contribution to a full length paper.
The manuscripts must be formatted for US letter (8.5″ x 11″) size paper, in two-column layout, with 10pt Times font and 11pt line spacing. The authors should pay attention to unusual fonts (they should all be embedded), images, and figures that could cause problems to the reviewers. Your document should render correctly in the latest version of the Adobe Reader and when printed in grayscale. The authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates and follow the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines, which are applicable to the IEEE CSR 2021 conference and workshops.
All submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf); they will be checked for conformance to the preparation guidelines. Failure to adhere to page limit and formatting requirements can be grounds for rejection without a review. High-quality submissions with correct English spelling and grammar will be appreciated by the reviewers.
Supplementary material should be used for uploading the source/editable files of a paper; these include all the LaTeX files and figures, or the MS Word file, needed to produce the PDF file and they could be uploaded to the conference’s CMS in a single ZIP file. The LaTeX or MS Word source files are not required at the initial submission of a manuscript, but are mandatory during the camera-ready submission of an accepted paper.
Supplementary material can also include optional cover letters; these are primarily used to communicate information about special circumstances of a paper or resubmission of a previously rejected paper.
The submission of code, data, or other supplementary material increasing the scrutinizability of a work is encouraged. Authors are urged to make salient parameter settings of pertinent algorithms available and ideally obtain their results using open source data. If specific datasets are employed, we ask that a version of these be made available where possible.
Whilst most reviewers take supplementary material into account when conducting their reviews, the authors should ensure that their submission stands on its own even without this extra material.
The IEEE CSR 2021 conference and all workshops follow the same review processes, which are facilitated by the IEEE CSR conference management system. More precisely, all papers will undergo a rigorous (single-blind) peer review process involving at least three reviewers with high expertise in the field. All submissions will be treated as confidential communications during their review, and thus submission does not constitute public disclosure of any ideas therein.
Papers could be desk rejected by the PC —i.e. rejected before entering the review process— if they determine that the submission is clearly out of the conference’s scope, it is written using poor English language that precludes effective communication, it does not follow manuscript formatting guidelines, or it is otherwise not appropriate. The scores assigned by the reviewers are:
- Probable reject
- Marginal tend to reject
- Marginal tend to accept
- Clear accept
- Must accept
All the decisions obtained via the review process are either (conditional) acceptances or rejections; the conditionally accepted papers are those with an overall review score less than or equal to 4 (marginal tend to accept) and come with requirements for their final acceptance. Effectively addressing these requirements in the final submission of a paper is essential, and is the authors’ responsibility to adequately document in a response letter how the reviewers’ feedback was adequately addressed. Such responses will be at the disposal of the reviewers.