Technical SubmissionsCome back beginning in June for information on the 2014 Conference, meanwhile enjoy a retrospective look at the 2013 Conference.
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NFOEC Technical Submissions
OFC Technical Submissions
The Difference Between OFC and NFOEC
At first sight, many of the topics covered at OFC and NFOEC appear to overlap (for example, both conferences solicit papers on devices, systems, networks and applications). However, OFC and NFOEC focus on these topics from the different perspectives associated with different audiences with different timescales.
When submitting papers to the OFC/NFOEC conference, it is important to recognize the following:
NFOEC provides feedback to the optical communication community with an expected near term impact. This means that submissions to NFOEC should focus on the near- to mid-term needs of designing, engineering and operating a network, where they are or will become commercially viable in a short timeframe.
OFC provides feedback to the community about on-going research that potentially may have significant impact in the long-term or that provides new insight that will stimulate novel research activity. This means that submissions to OFC should focus on fundamental and evolving topics that one would expect to take several years before becoming commercially viable.
NFOEC Technical Submissions (categories 1-3)
The NFOEC technical program aims to disseminate the latest information about the application and deployment of fiber optic communications technologies. NFOEC's target audience is comprised of people and companies that build, install, operate and maintain facilities-based optical communications networks. Program topics cover such diverse areas as network architecture, design and planning; installation of facilities and deployment of services; and near- to mid-term developments in optical communications equipment and components. Papers on these and related topics are sought from carriers and service providers, manufacturers and researchers throughout the industry. Although it originated as a US-focused conference, NFOEC has become an industry event, and submissions are welcomed from companies and organizations around the world.
Authors should keep the following considerations in mind when preparing and submitting technical papers and presentation materials to NFOEC 2013.
All papers that are submitted to NFOEC are evaluated on a variety of criteria including: the promise of substantive technical content, relevance to the NFOEC audience, originality and clarity of the material, level of detail, and evidence supporting any claims. Putting the work in context is especially important for incremental advances in mature fields. Submissions that are little more than product announcements or promotional material with minimal technical detail will be rejected.
Technological advancement, improved understanding of optical communications technologies, and the general maturity of optical fiber communications has increased the expectations for high-quality papers. The NFOEC Technical Program Committee will look closely at submitted summaries to ensure that papers accepted for the program represent new information of practical value to the conference attendees. Committee members bring a broad range of expertise, experience, and industry leadership to their roles and they are committed to organizing a high-quality technical program.
All technical information contained in the summary should be approved for public distribution by all controlling organizations. NFOEC is a public forum for the exchange of information. For all reasonable questions (including technical detail), presenters are encouraged to have answers approved for distribution prior to the presentation. Authors not interested in discussing their work with attendees in a conference setting are encouraged to submit their work to other forums.
Papers accepted for presentation during the NFOEC 2013 technical sessions will be published in the OFC/NFOEC Technical Digest and may be referenced for other publications. Papers appearing in the Technical Digest should not have been published previously in substantially the same form, and may not be published subsequently in industry journals or other forums. Papers presented at the conference will also be available on OSA Optics InfoBase and IEEE Xplore after the conference.
OFC Technical Submissions (categories 5-14)
The goal of the OFC technical program is to facilitate the dissemination of the latest information in the field of fiber optic communications and related technologies. Topics cover a wide range of areas and include materials, devices, systems, networks and applications. OFC also solicits papers on subjects related to fiber optic communication that have a significant overlap in technology, such as fiber sensors, fiber lasers, optical signal processing and free-space communications. To maintain the technical and geographical diversity that OFC attendees have come to expect, we seek submissions from around the world and from industry as well as academia. Authors with new techniques or devices that represent first-rate discoveries are encouraged to submit their work even if it has not yet been fully implemented or exhaustively characterized.
All submissions are judged based on a variety of criteria including: originality, technical content, relationship to other published work, degree of applicability, accuracy, perceived degree of interest, supporting evidence for claims, degree of disclosure of related information, clarity and sufficient progress in the field. Each paper should contain a brief statement (35-word abstract) describing how the work relates to current activity in the field. Putting the work in context is especially important for incremental advances in mature fields. Authors are discouraged from submitting papers that are little more than product announcements with minimal technical detail.
Claims of performance should be well documented and will be judged on how well they compare with accepted norms. For example, a paper reporting a Terabit system should include convincing evidence that all 10- and/or 40-Gb/s channels (or tributaries) meet the specified performance target, rather than claims based on the performance of a few selected channels. Measurement conditions that affect performance should be fully specified, for example, pseudorandom pattern length.
We recognize that recent technological advancement, improvements in understanding, and the overall maturity of optical fiber communications has led to increased expectations for OFC papers. In an effort to meet these expectations, the technical committees will closely examine the correlation between what is claimed, what is convincing, and what is demonstrated in submitted papers. The task of fairly weighing all these merits is the responsibility of the members of the OFC 2013 Technical Program Committee who have been selected for their expertise and leadership in their respected fields and their willingness to dedicate their time to ensure the quality of the accepted papers.
Authors are reminded that related technical information should be approved for public distribution by all controlling organizations. OFC is a public forum for the exchange of information. For all reasonable questions (including technical detail), presenters are encouraged to have answers approved for distribution prior to the presentation.
Papers accepted for presentation during the technical sessions of the 2013 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition should be considered archival and may be cited in other publications. As the 2013 OFC/NFOEC Technical Digest is an archival publication, papers appearing in the Technical Digest may not appear in other publications or journals. Papers presented at the conference will also be available on OSA's Optics InfoBase and IEEE Xplore after the conference.
Please keep these considerations in mind while preparing manuscripts and presentation material for the OFC 2013 Technical Program.