October 27 – October 29, 2020

 To be held virtually





IISWC-2020 submission site: https://iiswc.coe.neu.edu/


Prospective authors must submit papers electronically by the submission deadline via the conference submission website. Please make sure your submission adheres to the following guidelines.

Paper Type and Length: Please select one of the following two categories for your paper: (1) regular papers, and (2) tool and benchmark papers. The primary focus of "regular papers" should be to describe new research ideas supported by experimental implementation and evaluation of the proposed research ideas. The primary focus of "tool and benchmark papers" should be to describe the design, development, and evaluation of new open-source tools and/or benchmarks suites.

Authors are also required to indicate the category of the paper as part of the submitted manuscript's title. The last line of the title should indicate the paper type by using one of the two phrases (1) Paper Type: Regular, or (2) Paper Type: Tool / Benchmark.

Papers in the tool and benchmark category with relatively shorter length (6 pages) are welcome if the contributions can be well articulated and substantiated in 6 pages. However, all submissions in the tool and benchmark category have the flexibility of using all 10 pages (excluding references), similar to the papers in the regular category.

If you can express your contributions in fewer pages than the page-limit, the PC encourages you to do so. Papers can be at most 10 pages in a printable PDF format, not including references, and must use the two-column IEEE Proceedings format. There is no page limit for references. References must include all authors to facilitate the reviewing process (no et al.). Text must be minimum 9pt Times font. Please number the pages of your submission.

Double-blind Review: Paper submission is double-blind to reduce the reviewers' bias against the authors and/or their institutions. Thus, the submissions must not include author names or institutions. Careful writing should be used to preserve anonymity for submission. We recognize that building on your prior work may indirectly reveal your identity. Please reference your previous work in third person. Do not omit references to ensure anonymity, as this leaves reviewers unable to understand the full context. If you need to refer to another submission at IISWC currently under review, please mark the reference as anonymous under submission at IISWC'20, but alert the program chairs regarding this.

Concurrent Submissions: The submission must describe unpublished work that is not currently under review of any other conference or journal venues. More details on the IEEE policies can be found in https://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/index.html

Optional Supplemental Information about Revisions: Authors can upload a document listing the improvements made in response to the reviews received from a previously submitted version. Authors have three options: (1) not provide this information, (2) provide this information but the visibility is set to the PC chairs only, and (3) provide this information and the visibility is set to all the reviewers. The intent is to improve the efficiency of the over-burdened review process and benefit the authors who faithfully revise the paper to incorporate feedback from previous reviewers. Additional implementation details related to this policy are available on the submission website.

Double Blind submission for Tool/Benchmark Papers: All tool/benchmark papers should also adhere to the double-blind submission policy. If the described tool/benchmark framework is already widely used by the research community, consider describing the framework using a different name and not sharing the open-source code repository in the paper.

Confidential Information: Papers containing information that is subject to non-disclosure agreement (NDA) will not be considered for review.

arXiv Submission Policy: Please note that having an arXiv paper does not prohibit authors from submitting a paper to IISWC 2020. arXiv papers are not peer-reviewed and not considered as formal publications, hence do not count as prior work. Authors are not expected to compare against arXiv papers which have not formally appeared in previous conference or journal proceedings. If a submitted paper is already on arXiv, please continue to follow the double-blind submission guidelines. Authors are encouraged to use preventive measures to reduce the chances of accidental breach of anonymity (e.g., use a different title in the submission, not upload/revise the arXiv version during the review period after the submission deadline).

Author list after acceptance: Please note that the author list cannot be changed after acceptance.

Conflict of Interest Declaration: At the time of submission, all authors must indicate their conflict of interests with the PC members. A conflict of interest may be institutional, collaborative, or personal. Please see detailed guidelines about how to accurately declare conflict of interests on the submission website.

Ethical Guidelines: If your research describes a new security-related attack, please consider adding information about the responsible disclosure. Overall, as appropriate and relevant, the paper should follow the ethical principles and not alter the security/privacy/equality expectations of the associated human users.

Inclusive Description of Research Contributions: Please consider making your research contribution description inclusive in nature. For example, consider using gender-neutral pronouns, consider using examples that are ethnicity/culture rich, consider engaging users from diverse background if your research involves survey, etc. Best efforts should be made to make the paper accessible to visually-impaired or color-blind readers.

If you are uncertain whether your submission meets IISWC submission guidelines, contact the program co-chairs:
David Kaeli (kaeli@ece.neu.edu) and Devesh Tiwari (d.tiwari@northeastern.edu).