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IEC Conference Quality Committee (ICQC)

The IEC Conference Quality Committee (ICQC) is a committee responsible for ensuring the quality of IEC conferences and conference publications. IEC has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the high quality of its conferences and of the conference proceedings published in its proceedings. IEC endorses the IEEE global standards and recommended practices for ensuring conference ethics and content quality. The main principles of these standards can be summarized as follows:

  1. Conference proceedings content with respect to conference scope

    The conference organizers, their sponsors, and/or the commercial and non-commercial conference proceedings publishers are obliged to define the scope of coverage for a conference. Submitted articles or papers are expected to fit within the subject matter scope of the conference as stated publicly in the conference’s Call for Papers.

    Articles or papers on topics that do not fit within the scope of the conference Call for Papers or do not otherwise further the mission of the commercial and non-commercial conference proceedings publishers are considered out-of-scope. It is the obligation of the conference organizers, their sponsors and the commercial or non-commercial Publisher to ensure that these articles or papers are precluded from acceptance.

  2. Written Quality Requirements of Conference Proceedings Content

    The content of the article or paper should be of sufficient written English quality to enable readers to follow the narrative easily. Authors not fluent in English may be expected to consult an individual who is fluent in English to check and correct their work.

    Articles or papers should contain most (if not all) of the standard elements found in research papers.

    A conference article or paper should have the following elements:

    • Metadata – title, keywords, abstract, professional affiliation(s), and cited references in the bibliography must be included, and written in the English Language.
    • Abstract – a brief and objective summary that previews the rest of the paper it describes. It should be succinct yet provide enough information about the paper to facilitate a decision on whether the entire paper could be read with profit.
    • Introduction – an introductory statement of the purpose of the paper, usually describing the hypothesis that will be tested and a summary of related previous work by others.
    • Methods – the methods that are used to test the hypothesis should be given in sufficient detail that another researcher in the field could duplicate the testing.
    • Results – the hypothesis should be tested and data representing the results of the testing presented.
    • Conclusion – the data should be discussed and the results interpreted, and conclusions given.
  3. Conference Content Intended to Deceive: Plagiarism and Machine-generated Documents

    All conference content is presumed to be submitted to the conference organizers in good faith. The author(s) is/are responsible for providing appropriate content to the conference that is new, original, and in no way intended to deceive.

    Materials deemed to be plagiarized will be dealt with according to the standards outlined by the meeting organizers, their sponsors, commercial and non-commercial conference proceedings publishers or all of them, as appropriate.

    Machine-generated papers (i.e., documents considered to be parodies of research papers, and intended to deceive the conference), are always considered fraudulent submissions. Conference content deemed to be machine-generated will be dealt with according to the standards outlined by the meeting organizers, their sponsors, commercial and non-commercial conference proceedings publishers, or all of them, as appropriate.

  4. Selection of Content: Conference Presentations and Peer Review

    The review process for proceedings papers must be efficient, consistent, and professional to assure the technical quality of the papers. Proceedings published by IEC must meet these criteria:

    • All proceedings papers must be original, unpublished work.
    • Every paper published in an IEC proceedings must be reviewed by at least one engineering professional unconnected with the paper. Review of abstracts alone is not sufficient.
    • The authors of a paper published in an IEC proceedings are expected to present their work at the conference.
  5. Commercial or Non-commercial Publisher Acceptance Criteria for Conference Proceedings

    Each article or paper in a conference’s proceedings is required to be within IEC’s core technical scope of electronics, computer, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental sciences, biosciences, mathematics, education, and closely related areas.

    Conference organizers cannot promise indexing in any database on their website.

    All papers are subject to a final internal review by the publisher and can be rejected without further information or clarification.

    For detailed information on current conference ethics and quality control in proceedings publications, please read the IEEE white paper which has been endorsed by IEC.