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 final manuscript submission

Please note the following VERY IMPORTANT issues when submitting your final manuscript:

  1. PDF Quality - since all CPHS 2018 will be archived on the IFAC-PapersOnLine, the uploaded PDF files must be

    a. Searchable (you can test this by using the search function of Acrobat reader)

    b. Must have all fonts embedded and subsetted.

    You will not be able to upload your files without meeting the two criteria in the above. Please test your PDF file here.

  2. Reference List - in order to make your manuscripts more widely referenced, along with the PDF file, you are also required to upload references from your manuscripts as a text file. References can be simply copied and pasted from your searchable PDF file into a plain text file and uploaded to the system as a part of your final submission process.
  3. Copyright Form - as a step in your paper upload process, you will be required to electronically transfer the copyright of your manuscript to the IFAC. You do not need to submit a separate copyright form.
  4. Registration Fee - The advertised conference policy requires that at least one of the authors of a manuscript must have paid the FULL (non student) registration fee for the final upload.

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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