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 will be read at the discretion of the program committee; this appendix is limited to two pages (for up to 12 pages 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) will be required to pay a fee of $100 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 (for example) to provide additional performance graphs or to provide more detailed versions of proofs that are sketched in the main body of the paper.

A submission based on previous work presented in a workshop with no digital object identifier (DOI) is eligible for acceptance.  A submission based on a workshop paper published with a DOI is eligible for acceptance, provided it contains at least 30% new material.  As is always the case, the Chair of the Technical Program Committee makes the final determination on acceptance or rejection of acceptable papers.

The submission deadline is 23:59 GMT–12 on 6 October 2017.

Before submitting your paper, please ensure that you read the Author’s FAQ.   Note authors names should appear on all submissions. Also note that all submitted papers will be checked using IEEE CrossCheck plagiarism detection software (iThenticate) and authors names checked against the IEEE Prohibited Authors List.

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Conflict of Interest (COI)

There is a conflict of interest between an author and a member of the technical Program Committee (PC) if they are relatives, friends, co-authors, partners of a common project, colleagues from the same institution, or one is student or advisor of the other. The COI is considered to hold for three years from the end of the relationship.

COIs are indicated by the PC members during the bidding procedure. If a PC member has a COI with any author of a submitted paper, that PC member will not review the submission nor take part in its deliberation.

Unwanted Reviewers

During the submission procedure, authors can indicate a maximum number of 2 unwanted reviewers, providing proper motivations, to prevent the submitted paper to be assigned to them for review. Assignments are handled by the Track Chairs; the unwanted reviewers will not be informed of such requests.

Author Rebuttal

The peer-review process at RTAS incorporates a rebuttal process. After the PC members complete the review process, 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 one week 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 November 25th to December 1st, 2017.


  • Submissions: October 6, 2017 11:59pm GMT-12 (firm)
  • Author Rebuttal: November 25th-December 1st, 2017
  • Notifications: Dec 19, 2017
  • Conference dates: April 11-13, 2018