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Conference Updates from SCS VP Conferences Saikou Diallo

Some exciting updates and changes have been taking place for SCS Conferences. Here are a few things we’d like to share with you:

New Author’s Kit:

SCS has developed a new Author’s Kit which has some changes from prior Author’s Kits. Here are some highlights of what’s changed:

  • A new home page for all Conference Author’s Information at www.scs.org/authorskit. The page contains critical information & guidelines for anyone planning on submitting a paper or poster to an SCS conference.
  • New “Guidelines on Writing a Good Paper”.
  • New guidelines on “How to Give a Great Presentation”.  Presenters are strongly urged to read these guidelines.
  • For papers:
  • Paper & poster structure / layout has changed from 2-columns to a single column.
  • Minimum & maximum length of papers has changed to a minimum of 5 pages & a maximum of 12 pages.
  • A significantly enhanced references section.
  • New author’s biographies section.
  • New sample appendices.
  • Explicit examples of how to list multiple authors on the initial / first page in the Word templates.
  • A new list of the most common formatting mistakes.
  • A new authors checklist to verify the paper complies with the new SCS guidelines.
  • Improved/enhanced paper template for Word papers (e.g. it now specifies how to include math expressions in text & displays, as well as how to show definitions, theorems & hyperlinks).
  • A new paper template for Word posters.
  • New paper templates for LaTex papers & for LaTex posters.

DOIs – Digital Object Identifiers

SpringSim’16 is now the 1st SCS conference to have DOIs for every paper submitted to the ACM Digital Library. SCS will continue this for future SCS conferences. SpringSim’16 authors who would like to know what the DOI for their paper is should contact their symposium chairs.

What is a DOI? Similar to a bar code for a physical object, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object, such as an electronic journal, article, report, or thesis. Each DOI is unique and serves as a stable, persistent link to the full-text of an electronic item on the Internet. Unlike a URL, a DOI doesn’t change over time; even if the item moves to a new location, the DOI stays the same. DOIs are the only widely adopted persistent identifier for scholarly works. DOI names appear in printed materials and online as links (e.g. www.doi.org/10.22360/SpringSim.2016.HPC.046 is the DOI for the HPC’16 paper entitled “Repast HPC with Optimistic Time Management”).

This news item contributed by Saikou Diallo and Mike Chinni