Final submission of accepted papers
The conference proceedings for Robotics: Science and Systems will be published as a book by MIT Press. The final version of your paper and all other information necessary for its publication will be due on August 1, 2012. Please incorporate feedback you received at the conference into your final submission. Please read these instructions carefully to avoid delaying the publication of the proceedings.
Author Agreement Form: One author must complete and sign the author agreement form. Please mail the original, signed author agreement form to the following address by August 1, 2012:
Alternatively you can send a scanned copy of your completed and signed form to firstname.lastname@example.org with email subject "RSS author agreement form"
Pre-proceedings Instructions for Accepted Papers
A revised version of your paper is due to be uploaded to CMT by June 11th, under the "Camera Ready" section of the Author pane in CMT. CMT designates your paper as "Camera Ready" and it will be available online as part of the conference pre-proceedings, but you will have an additional opportunity to revise your paper for the final proceedings after RSS. In preparing for the pre-proceedings, please follow the author guidelines posted below under "Submission Instructions". Note that your pre-proceedings submission should, of course, include your names and affiliations as we are past the double-blind review phase. Siddhartha Srinivasa (publications chair) will contact you with preparation guidelines for the final conference proceedings in July.
Please remember that all papers will have both an oral presentation and an electronic poster. Short presentations will receive 5 minutes, long presentations will receive 20 minutes with 5 minutes of questions. You will be notified shortly of the style of presentation for your paper.
The RSS submission site is available at: https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/RSS2012/. Submissions are now closed.
Submissions may be up to eight pages in length, including figures and references, using a font no smaller than 10 point. Submissions violating these guidelines will not be considered. A paper template is available in Latex and Word. Authors should take care not to reveal their identity in their papers since the reviewing is double-blind.
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Guidelines for Double Blind Submission
Double Blind reviewing requires that the paper reviewers should not know the names or affiliation of the paper authors. This is desirable to remove any possible or perceived bias toward a paper on non technical grounds. However, in practice this is difficult to achieve in full as descriptions of background material or experiments, which are essential to the technical content of the paper, often give a clear indication to knowledgeable reviewers of the likely source of the paper. RSS 2012 will try to adopt a pragmatic approach to double blind reviewing in which authors are encouraged to hide identity without unduly affecting the quality or import of their submission.
The following general principles should be applied in submissions:
In some cases, authors may wish to include in their paper a URI to supplementary material such as a video or an expanded version of a proof. Such URIs are permissible, but reviewers are not required to view this material and will be asked not to include this material in their assessment of the paper. Lastly, if authors feel they must link to supplementary material, they are cautioned to ensure that their identities are not revealed.
RSS encourages submissions from areas that have been under-represented in previous years. It is recognized that not every paper will necessarily contain new theoretical results or new algorithms. RSS strongly encourages the submission of work that provides new models and analyses that are rigorously validated via experimentation.
Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three program committee members. Submissions and reviews will then be discussed at an in-person area chair committee meeting. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to submit final revisions for presentation at the conference.
Policy on Multiple Submissions
RSS will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for another conference or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the RSS 2012 reviewing period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and without archival proceedings. It is the task of the authors to clearly spell out the differences of their submitted papers with previous publications, and authors are required to indicate if any material has appeared at a previous venue (archival or not).
RSS is utterly intolerant of plagiarism. Submitted papers are expected to contain original work executed by the authors with adequate, proper and scholarly citations to the work of others. It is the job of the authors to clearly identify both their own contribution(s) and also published results / techniques on which they depend or build. RSS reviewers are charged to ensure these standards are met. In cases of alleged plagiarism, the program chair will be guided by Section 8.2.4 Allegations of Misconduct as laid out by the IEEE in this document.