Guide for Authors

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• Ethics in publishing
• Changes to authorship
• Copyright/Online license transfer
• Open Access
• AudioSlides
• Interactive plots

Procedia Computer Science is a product for proposed conference proceedings. It only receives manuscripts submitted to a conference that has an agreement with Elsevier for publication on Procedia Computer Science. Procedia Computer Science is an open access product focusing entirely on publishing high quality proceedings of all topics of Computer Science with the exception of certain workshops in Theoretical Computer Science, as our Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science are the primary outlet for these papers. This enables fast dissemination so that conference delegates can publish their papers in a dedicated online issue on ScienceDirect. The journal is covered by Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Peer-review is under the responsibility of the conference organizers who according to the international peer-review standards may use single blind, double blind or open peer review. For details specific to the conference peer-review process, please contact the conference organizer or the guest editor of the conference.

Ethics in publishing

Please see our information pages on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication.

Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Copyright/Online license transfer

Elsevier requires you to complete the Procedia CC BY-NC-ND licence agreement, which you can do online.
As soon as Elsevier receives the final article, we will send you an acknowledgment letter containing a hyperlink to the Procedia CC BY-NC-ND licence agreement transfer page. Authors are requested to assign their licence within 3 days of receiving the acknowledgement letter.
The subject line of the message sent to the author will be in English for all Procedia titles.


Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an 'Exclusive License Agreement' (for more information see Permitted third party reuse of open access articles is determined by the author's choice of user license (see
Author rights

As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work. For more information on author rights please see

Elsevier supports responsible sharing
Find out how you can share your research published in Elsevier journals.

Open Access

Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in Procedia Computer Science will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The author does not have any publication charges for open access. The conference organizers will pay to make the article open access.
A CC user license manages the reuse of the article (see All articles will be published under the following license:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
For non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

Elsevier Publishing Campus
The Elsevier Publishing Campus ( is an online platform offering free lectures, interactive training and professional advice to support you in publishing your research. The College of Skills training offers modules on how to prepare, write and structure your article and explains how editors will look at your paper when it is submitted for publication. Use these resources, and more, to ensure that your submission will be the best that you can make it.

Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop.


This is a camera ready copy (CRC) journal. Please obtain the "MS Word Template/Latex" from the conference organizer. Do not make any changes to the structure of the template as this can lead to production errors.


The journal encourages authors to create an AudioSlides presentation with their published article. AudioSlides are brief, webinar-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This gives authors the opportunity to summarize their research in their own words and to help readers understand what the paper is about. More information and examples are available. Authors of this journal will automatically receive an invitation e-mail to create an AudioSlides presentation after acceptance of their paper.

Interactive plots

This journal enables you to show an Interactive Plot with your article by simply submitting a data file. Full instructions.

File format

Files should be in both MS Word file (or Latex where applies) and PDF format, the CRC MS Word template should be converted to PDF according to the instructions in the template file, and both need to be submitted. Figures and tables should be embedded and not supplied separately.

Please note that we require the file to be provided in .docx/.doc format for the MS Word file, files with .docm extension are not suitable for production and require conversion to .doc/.docx.

Please make sure that you use as much as possible normal fonts in your documents. Special fonts, such as fonts used in the Far East (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc.) may cause problems during processing. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spellchecker' function of MS Word before converting the document in to PDF.

For papers submitted through EasyChair, there is no need to structure the manuscript using the CRC MS Word template. Procedia author templates (MS word and Latex) is available for download in Easychair which helps in creating the PDF in the desired format of Procedia automatically once the paper is accepted by the guest editor.
Paper structure

Papers should be prepared in the following order:
Introduction: to explain the background work, the practical applications and the nature and purpose of the paper.
Body: to contain the primary message, with clear lines of thought and validation of the techniques described.
Acknowledgements (when appropriate)
Appendices (when appropriate)
Section headings: should be left-justified, with the first letter capitalised and numbered consecutively, starting with the Introduction. Sub-section headings should be in capital and lower-case italic letters, numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc, and left justified, with second and subsequent lines indented.

Formatting your document

Please do not alter the formatting and style layouts which have been set up in the template document. As indicated in the template, papers should be prepared in double column format suitable for direct printing onto paper size (A4, 210 mm × 297mm). Do not number pages on the front, as page numbers will be added separately for the preprints and the Proceedings. Leave a line clear between paragraphs.

All the required style templates are provided in the file "MS Word Template" with the appropriate name supplied, e.g. choose 1. Els1st-order-head for your first order heading text, els-abstract-text for the abstract text etc.

For papers submitted through EasyChair, there is no need to structure the manuscript using the CRC MS Word template. Procedia author templates (MS word and Latex) is available for download in Easychair which helps in creating the PDF in the desired format of Procedia automatically once the paper is accepted by the guest editor. As an author, you are requested to check EasyChair for the final CRC PDF to ensure it is correct. No late corrections are possible after publication.

i. Title page
The first page should include:
(a) Conference Title
Click on the existing text and enter the name of the conference.

(b) Title
Click on the existing text and enter the title of the paper using Sentence case.

(c) Each author's name and affiliation, including present address

  • Authors' names: Remember to include the correct superscript linking to the appropriate affiliation details.
  • Affiliations: Remember to include the correct superscript linking to the appropriate author details.

(d) Abstract
Insert an abstract of 50-100 words, giving a brief account of the most relevant aspects of the paper.

(e) Keywords
Insert 5-10 keywords.
Please follow the template style for all the above features.

ii. Tables

All tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Headings should be placed above tables, left justified. Leave one line space between the heading and the table. Only horizontal lines should be used within a table, to distinguish the column headings from the body of the table, and immediately above and below the table. Tables must be embedded into the text and not supplied separately.

iii. Illustrations

All figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1, 2, …). All photographs, schemas, graphs and diagrams are to be referred to as figures.

Line drawings should be good quality scans or true electronic output. Low-quality scans are not acceptable. Figures must be embedded into the text and not supplied separately.

Lettering and symbols should be clearly defined either in the caption or in a legend provided as part of the figure. Figures should be placed at the top or bottom of a page wherever possible, as close as possible to the first reference to them in the paper.

The figure number and caption should be typed below the illustration in 9pt and left justified.

For further guidelines and information to help you submit high quality artwork please visit:

Artwork has no text along the side of it in the main body of the text. However, if two images fit next to each other, these may be placed next to each other to save space.

iv. Equations

Equations and formulae should be typed in Mathtype, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses on the right hand side of the page (if referred to explicitly in the text). They should also be separated from the surrounding text by one space.

v. References

In the text the number of the reference should be given in square brackets. For references with more than two authors, text citations should be shortened to the first name followed by et al., e.g. Jones [1] discovered that...; Recent results from Brown and Carter [2] and Green et al. [3] indicate that (…).

Only essential references, which are directly referred to in the text, should be included in the reference list.

References must be listed in numerical order at the end of the paper. Do not begin them on a new page unless this is absolutely necessary. They should be prepared according to the sequential numeric system making sure that all material mentioned is generally available to the reader.

Journal references should include: author's surname and initials; initials and surnames of remaining authors; article title (where provided); abbreviated journal title (in italics), year of publication, volume number and page numbers.

References to books should include: author's surname and initials; surnames and initials of remaining authors; the book title (in italics); the place of publication and the name of the publisher; and year of publication. References to multi-author works should include author.s surname(s) and initials, the chapter title (where provided); "In:" followed by book title (in italics); initials and name(s) of editors(s) in brackets; volume number and pages; the place of publication and name of the publisher, followed by the year of publication.

Here is an example of some references listed according to the sequential numeric system:
[1] Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2000;163:51–9.
[2] Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan; 1979.
[3] Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 1999, p. 281–304.

vi. Footnotes

Footnotes should be avoided if possible. Necessary footnotes should be denoted in the text by consecutive superscript letters. The footnotes should be typed single spaced, and in smaller type size (8pt), at the foot of the page in which they are mentioned, and separated from the main text by a short line extending at the foot of the column. The .Els-footnote. style is available in the “MS Word Template” for the text of the footnote.

vii. General guidelines for the preparation of your text

Avoid hyphenation at the end of a line. Symbols denoting vectors and matrices should be indicated in bold type. Scalar variable names should normally be expressed using italics. Weights and measures should be expressed in SI units. All non-standard abbreviations or symbols must be defined when first mentioned, or a glossary provided.

Please proofread your paper carefully before submitting as it will appear in the published volume in exactly the same form. You will receive no proofs.

Interactive plots

This journal encourages you to include data and quantitative results as interactive plots with your publication. To make use of this feature, please include your data as a CSV (comma-separated values) file when you submit your manuscript. Please refer to for further details and formatting instructions.

Submission guidelines
Please title your files in this order conferenceacrynom_authorslastname.pdf.
Submit both the source file and the PDF to the Guest Editor.

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