Conference Policy and Paper Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the PaperPlaza Conference Manuscript Management System. All authors should refer to the Preprints, Proceedings and Copyright Conditions prior to submitting their papers/abstracts. Guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts are provided on the IFAC website. Authors are advised to read PaperCept's Getting Started Manual for Authors. Only PDF files compliant with the IFAC Publications Requirements are acceptable for publication. The procedure to generate pdf files and compliance and diagnostic tools are provided in the support section of PaperCept.

Preprints, Proceedings & Copyright Conditions

Preprints, proceedings and copyright conditions are as requested by IFAC, see

All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)' institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC.

Guidelines for Invited Session Proposals

Invited sessions focus on a particular topic and consist of 6 full papers and/or extended abstracts for oral presentation.

  1. Session proposals have no page length requirement, but are typically in the 2-6 page (single column) range. Reviewers appreciate concise documents.
  2. In the introduction, proposals should tell the reviewers why the topic is relevant to the CPHS community (i.e., the topic should be clearly motivated).
  3. An objective should be clearly stated, that is, an explanation of what is meant to be accomplished by organizing this session.
  4. Following the introduction, the organization of the session should be described. List the 6 contributions (title, authors, institutions), explain briefly what they are about and why they are included in the session. Include a brief description of how these contributions comprise an interesting and cohesive session on the topic.
  5. References should be included as needed. Figures are optional but may be included as desired.
  6. Please submit the Invited Session proposal via Papercept. After submission, you will receive a session code. Please distribute this code to all authors in your session. All authors in your session should submit their papers using this session code. Session organizers must submit their proposals with enough advance time so that authors have time to submit their papers before the deadline, April 15, 2018.
NOTE: All Invited Session papers will be reviewed individually, using the same process as for full paper/ extended abstract submissions. It is possible that the session may be accepted, but not all of the associated papers are accepted. In this case, your session will be filled with submitted papers which will be assigned by the Program Committee. If fewer than 5 papers/abstracts are included in the session proposal, they may be considered individually and not as part of a session.

Paper formats

Papers are invited in the form of full papers or extended abstracts according to the IFAC style template, see LINK. All manuscripts should be written in English.

Full papers: 6-8 pages in length, with additional page charges applicable for pages 7 and 8.

Extended abstracts: 2-4 pages in length without additional page charges.

Accepted full papers will be included in the conference "preprints" (USB drive) and published online, whereas accepted extended abstracts will only be included as preprints and not published on-line.

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Key Dates

Draft Manuscripts:
April 23, 2018

IFAC CPHS 2018 Young Author Prize:
May 22, 2018

Acceptance/Rejection Notice:
September 1, 2018

Final Manuscript Submission:
October 1, 2018

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