Guidelines for Authors

These guidelines are for authors of papers accepted to the Research, Empirical Studies and Experiments, Datasets and Ontologies, and In-Use and Software tracks.

  1. Please format the camera-ready version of the paper according to LNCS format using the instructions provided in the file:
  2. The LNCS 'Consent to Publish' form must be signed by the corresponding author of each paper, scanned as PDF and electronically submitted with the final version of the paper. Not doing this in a timely manner will cause the paper to be excluded from the Proceedings. Note that you must use this form and not any other form from Springer. The difference can be seen in the first paragraph, where “Springer International Publishing” is referred to, rather than “Springer-Verlag GmbH”. Further, please make sure that the copyright form has been filled out correctly before sending the files, for example that only authors employed by the EU (as an instituition) tick that particular box. Equally, the box for US Government employees should only be checked by US Government employees.
  3. It is requested that the contact author be available by email to fix any last minute mistakes on camera ready submission. According to Springer, the contact author must also be available to check the paper roughly seven weeks before the start of the conference. The final typesetting is done by their partners SPS in India.
  4. The page limit for (a) Research, (b) Empirical Studies and Experiments, and (c) In-Use and Software are 16 pages, while that for (d) Datasets and Ontologies is 8 pages. See

Authors are requested not to “squeeze” their work when faced with page limit restriction. E.g., do not remove vertical space or use different font sizes or avoid adhering to the correct format for the references. This may lead to unexpected increases in space when the Springer typesetters reformat the papers towards the end, causing an increase in the overall number of pages.

Following the recommendations from some of the calls, many of you have provided links to additional material that can be associated to your papers (datasets, technical reports, tables, etc.). Many of the links that have been used refer to personal homepages, dropbox shared folders and files, etc. While this is useful for those reading your papers, there is always a high probability that such Web pages or folders may disappear in the future. Hence, in order to avoid this situation with this year’s proceedings, we strongly recommend uploading such additional materials in the institutional repositories of your organisations or in online services like figshare (, so that they will be archived permanently and receive a permanent DOI (being citable at the same time). Once this is done, use such URLs/DOIs inside your papers, and add them as well in the "URLs with additional information" textbox in Easychair, so that we can collect them for further processing. If you have any doubts about the steps to be followed, do not hesitate to contact your track chairs.