RTSS 2018


Submitted papers must describe original work not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere. The main body of each submitted paper is limited to 10 pages of technical content with additional pages permitted for the bibliography and acknowledgments only. Additionally, each submission may include an optional appendix with supplemental material that may be read at the discretion of the program committee; this appendix is limited to two pages (for up to 12 pages in total of technical content, i.e., content not including the bibliography and acknowledgements). Authors of accepted papers that exceed 10 pages of technical content (due to the inclusion of an optional appendix) may be required to pay a fee for each page of technical content beyond the tenth. Submissions (including the optional appendix) must be formatted according to IEEE conference paper guidelines.

Authors are advised to format their papers so that the case for acceptance is made clear in the main body of the paper (i.e., within the first 10 pages). The optional appendix can be used to provide additional performance graphs or to provide more detailed versions of proofs that are sketched in the main body of the paper.

Papers that are based on previous work presented in a workshop with no digital object identifier (DOI) are eligible for submission. Papers based on a workshop publication with a DOI are eligible for submission, provided they contain at least 30% new material.

Before submitting your paper, please ensure that you read the Author FAQs. Authors’ names must appear on all submissions. All submissions will be checked using IEEE CrossCheck plagiarism detection software (iThenticate) and authors’ names checked against the IEEE Prohibited Authors List.

The submission deadline is 23:59 UTC–12 on 31st May 2018.

Although authors will choose which track to submit papers to, a paper may be redirected to a more appropriate track; the authors will be informed if this happens.

Unwanted reviewers

During the submission procedure, authors can indicate a maximum of two unwanted reviewers, providing proper motivations, to prevent the submitted paper from being assigned to them for review. Assignments are handled by the Track Chairs; the unwanted reviewers will not be informed of such requests. Note, indicating unwanted reviewers should only be done where there is a specific issue between the author(s) and a PC member. It should not be used to indicate normal Conflicts of Interest (COI) – see below.

Conflict of Interest (COI)

Conflicts of Interest will be flagged by PC members when they bid for papers to review. A COI exists between a PC member and an author if any of the following conditions hold:

  • Collaborated/published/proposed work together within the past 2 years (not including co-editor relations);
  • Been employed by the same institution at the same time within the past 5 years;
  • Received money (e.g., a honorarium) from the other person in the past 2 years (note: a reimbursement is not a honorarium);
  • PhD adviser of the other person or their PhD student (at any time);
  • Personal conflict, e.g., close friends/relatives etc., or feel that your judgment is biased (for whatever reason) towards or against this person.

If a PC member has a COI with any author of a submitted paper, that PC member will not review the submission or take part in its discussion.

Author Rebuttal

The peer-review process for RTSS incorporates a rebuttal process. After the PC members complete their initial reviews, the contact author for each submitted paper will be provided with the set of reviews for that submission. Each review might further include a short list of questions for the authors in a clearly marked section.

Authors have 5 working days to prepare and submit a rebuttal answer through the submission system. The rebuttal is strictly limited to respond to factual errors and misunderstanding in reviews, and answering questions raised in the corresponding section of the reviews. The authors are not allowed to add new material/results to the submission.

Note that failing to provide a rebuttal does not lead to an automatic paper rejection. Nevertheless, authors are encouraged to address questions by the reviewers to the best of their ability. PC members are required to consider the rebuttal answer in the final deliberation.

The rebuttal period is Mon 16th – Fri 20th July 2018.