Suggestions for Authors

We present hereafter some recommendations to the authors for professionally writing their papers to increase chances that papers will be appreciated by the reviewers. The motivation of these suggestions is to minimize the risk of the misunderstanding between the reviewers and the authors, which is a main factor for a paper to get rejected. We aim at helping to promote the quality of papers' presentations and contents based on the suggested recommendations below. This document is inspired by the document presented in ECRTS 2010 conference available on this link.


How to write the abstract of your paper?

The abstract is an important part of any research paper, and must give clear insights on the problem, solutions and results. We refer the reader to the two following websites that provide useful hints and tips for writing an abstract. How to Write an Abstract: Philip Koopman, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997 [Website] How to Write an Abstract, Berkeley Research, [Website] What is the page limit and format of the submitted papers? The maximum paper length is six (6) printed pages (10-point font) and it must be formatted according to the guidelines of Procedia Computer Science, MS Word Template, Latex, Elsevier.


Does my paper need to be original?

Yes, this is an important criteria for the acceptance/rejection of the paper. The material presented in the paper must be new and provides a clear contribution upon previously published papers. Papers that improve on previous works can be accepted if the authors clearly demonstrate the novelty of their ideas.The authors must convince the reviewers about the added value of their paper. A practical approach is to add a short paragraph titled "Contributions of this paper", in which you clarify the contributions presented in the paper in the form of bullets or numbered items. Also, a comparison with previous works is very important to clarify the improvement on the state of the art.


How important is the paper presentation?

Presenting ideas clearly is a key issue for the acceptance of the paper. Even if ideas are technically sound and interesting, a paper can be rejected due to a flawed writing style. The main goal is to make the reviewers, and the readers in general, understand the technical aspects of your work. As such, it is important to write in correct English and present your ideas in a structured way. It is important to present the System Model that pertains to your solution, and clearly state the assumptions under which the contribution is valid. We recommend to dedicate a paragraph where the System Model and assumptions are described and discussed. It is highly recommended to proofread the papers several times to ensure reducing typos and grammar mistakes to the maximum. Figures must be made clear and readable, and sections must be balanced in size.


How to write the conclusion of the paper?

The conclusion is also an important part of the paper that deserves a lot of care. Usually, authors tend to simply summarize what was presented in the paper with no analysis. This is a bad approach as it will represent a kind of redundancy. In contrast, the conclusion must (1) stress the importance of the paper contribution (2) provide the "meat" of the paper and synthesize (not summarize) the main outcomes of the papers and the lessons learned, (3)  give an impression that the work is complete and meets its objectives. It is also common to draw some future works and raise new challenges and research questions that open news ways for the reader.


Program Chair

  • Anis Koubâa

(Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia / CISTER Research Unit, Portugal)
  • José Ramiro Martínez de Dios

(University of Seville, Spain)

    Program Committee

    • Adel Ammar

    (Al-Imam Mohamed bin Saud University, Saudi Arabia)
    • Kemal Akkaya

    (Southern Illinois University, USA)
    • Hachemi Bennaceur

    (Al-Imam Mohamed bin Saud University, Saudi Arabia)
    • Omar Cheikhrouhou

    (University of Sfax, Tunisia)
    • Gianluca Dini

    (University of Pisa, Italy)
    • Jesús Gómez de Gabriel

    (University of Málaga, Spain)
    • Adrian Jimenez-Gonzalez

    (Ixion Industry & Aerospace, Spain)
    • Andrea Gasparri

    (University of Roma Tre, Italy)
    • Ivan Maza

    (University of Seville, Spain)
    • Alaa Khamis

    (German University in Cairo, Egypt/Vestec, Inc. Waterloo, Canada)
    • Stamatis Karnouskos

    (SAP, Germany)
    • Lucia Lo Bello

    (University of Catania, Italy)
    • Nuno Pareira

    (CISTER Research Unit, Portugal)
    • Alessandro Renzaglia

    (University of Minnesota, USA)
    • Silvia Santini

    (TU Darmstadt, Germany)
    • Chia-Yen Shih

    (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
    • João Sousa

    (FEUP, University of Porto, Portugal)
    • Stefano Tennina

    (CISTER Research Unit, Portugal)
    • Antidio Viguria

    (Center for Advanced Aeropsace Technologies, Spain)
    • Fumin Zhang

    (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)



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