Guidelines for Technical Papers

Technical papers communicate the thought process behind a development project from concept to construction. The papers discuss the motivation, background, methodology, outcomes, and conclusions of work completed.

Conference Themes

A submission should emphasize at least one of the conference themes. Authors will be asked to indicate the main theme of their submission.

Stage of Development

For submissions introducing an end-product or service, it is helpful to clearly indicate the stage of work completed, and emphasize the outcomes and impacts of that stage in the product development process. This information will help reviewers and readers to understand the goals and expected outcomes of submissions.

The below stages of development provide a concise guide to help authors understand the scope of their work. Authors should emphasize the strengths and outcomes of their completed work without speculating into other stages of the development process.

  1. Concept—needs identification, market evaluation, concept development
  2. Prototype—prototyping, technology, early implementation, testing, evaluation, results
  3. Deployment—scaling, management, supply chain, monitoring
  4. Other—all development phases, education, sustainability planning, financing, etc.

This guide has been created for technical solutions to humanitarian challenges. The stage “Other” will be available as an option at the time of submission should authors wish to write-in an alternative stage or scope of work.

Submission Content

Deadlines for submitting content for a technical paper can be found here. Required content includes:

  • Draft submission – Completed Full (8 page max) or Short (3-4 page) paper or Oral-only (1 page) description for review and acceptance
  • Final submission – Revised accepted final Full or Short paper or Oral-only description that incorporates reviewer comments

An additional submission may be required if the paper requires major revisions. The slideshow presentation is not required in advance of the conference.

Submission Requirements

Submissions that do not meet the below requirements may be rejected without review.

  • Language—All submissions must be in English.
  • Formatting—The format must adhere to IEEE conference guidelines. The template can be found here. Only US letter size will be accepted.
  • Length—Papers must be within 8 pages in length. This limit includes all text, figures, illustrations, tables, and references.
  • Abstract—The suggested size of the abstract is 200 words.
  • Completeness—Only complete manuscripts will be considered.
  • Non-commercial—Papers must not be commercial in nature.
  • Original work—Papers must not have not been published in other conference proceedings, journals, magazines, or other media.
  • Submission format—Submissions are only accepted in PDF.

All submissions must be complete and submitted in a camera-ready format ready for review.

Submissions that meet IEEE quality review standards will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore® Digital Library as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. Accepted presentations will be posted on the GHTC website with the author’s consent. Electronic media containing all accepted GHTC abstracts and papers will be distributed to registered attendees.

Presentation Guidelines

Guidelines for the slideshow presentation can be found here (PDF).

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