RTAS 2021


Submitted papers must describe original work not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere. Papers must be submitted by the submission deadline (October 26, 2020, 23:59 UTC-12) using the RTAS 2021 submission site. The submission deadline is firm: late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances, and the deadline will not be extended.

Double-Blind Submission Requirement

All submitted papers must comply with the double-blind submission requirements.

Page Limits

The main body of each submitted paper is limited to 11 pages of technical content with additional pages permitted for the bibliography and acknowledgments only (i.e., references and acknowledgements do not count against the page limit).

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.

Once a paper is accepted or shepherded, the page limit is increased to 12 pages of technical content, again with additional pages permitted for the bibliography and acknowledgments only. The additional space this provides must only be used for the purpose of addressing the reviewer’s comments; other un-solicited additions are not permitted.

Paper Format

Submissions (including the optional appendix) must be formatted according to IEEE conference paper guidelines (10pt font, default margins, default linespacing). Please use one of the available IEEE templates. When using the LaTeX template, which is recommended, use the following document class declaration:


Submissions violating formatting specifications (whether or not detected by HotCRP’s formatting checker) will be rejected!

Prior Workshop Papers

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

Conflict of Interest (COI)

COIs are indicated both by the authors during the submission process and by 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. PC members have a conflict with a paper, if they and the authors

  • had at any time a supervisor/PhD student relationship,
  • are both from the same institution, or have worked at the same institution in the past 3 years,
  • are currently working together on a research paper or project, or have done so during the past 3 years,
  • are related, or are close personal friends,
  • are in some form of financial relationship, or have been at some point during the past 3 years, or
  • any other reason or circumstance that creates a risk that professional judgement may be unduly influenced.

Authors also need to notify the PC Chair of exceptional CoIs up to the submission deadline (see Unwanted Reviewers below).

Unwanted Reviewers

Authors can optionally indicate a maximum number of 2 unwanted reviewers, providing proper motivations, to prevent the submitted paper to be assigned to them for review. To indicate unwanted reviewers, send the relevant Track Chair an email by the submission deadline including the submission ID, the names of the unwanted reviewers, and a brief justification.

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.

The rebuttal is strictly limited to responses to factual errors and misunderstandings in reviews, and to answers to explicit 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 during December 2020.

Submission System

RTAS 2021 uses the HotCRP conference management system. Submissions can be made here: https://rtas2021.hotcrp.com/