Authors » Double Blind Review

This year, we will have all prospective authors of IEEE MEMS 2021 submit manuscript styled papers (2-4 pages in length) that will be directly placed in the technical digest. For those of you interested in the Outstanding Student Paper Awards, a 4-page paper is required to be a candidate. Please follow the template provided.

IEEE MEMS 2021 will have a Double-Blind review process.

What is DBR (Double-Blind Review)?
In DBR, the authors' identity is hidden from the reviewers until the review process is completed. This is in contrast to a single-blind review process, where the reviewer identity is hidden from the authors, but the reviewers know the author identity.

Why DBR for IEEE MEMS 2021?
We have chosen for the DBR process format to focus the evaluation process on the quality of the submission by reducing human biases with respect to the authors' reputation and institution and thus to ensure that evaluations are as fair as possible and of the highest possible quality.

To whom am I anonymous as an author and when will my identity be revealed?
When obtaining a paper reference number, the authors fill out their name(s) and contact data via the website. This identity data is accessible to the conference organizers but not to the reviewers in the technical program committee (TPC). Be aware that not all TPC members will read every paper submitted.

Although you are being asked to place all authors and affiliations on the first page of your submission, this information will be redacted (blacked-out) prior to distribution to the TPC. The submitting author will receive a reference number, which is the identifier that will be the only way to identify your paper during the review process.

Your identity will be revealed to the TPC members only after a decision has been made on whether the paper has been selected for presentation at IEEE MEMS 2021.

How is this different from a single-blind review process?
The 2-page (minimal) to 4-page paper must be formatted as outlined in the template that can be downloaded here.

The two important differences in the paper writing are as follows:
  1. References to previously published work must be written in a neutral manner, both when referring to your own previous work or to previous work from others. For example: "Previous work [ref] has shown ..." or "Somebodysname et al. have shown ...", and NOT "In our previous work [ref] we have shown...". In the list of references at the end, you provide the full reference to the work. If your name is S. Ample, you would write "S. Ample et al., "Publication Title", Journal of MEMS, vol 1, pp. xx-yy, 2015."
  2. Referencing to your own yet unpublished work, which is not yet publically available to the reviewers, must be annotated in the following manner. In the text you must refer to your work without mentioning your name, for example: "Previous work [ref] has shown ..." or S. Ample et al. have shown ...", and NOT "Our previous work [ref] has shown...",. In the reference list at the bottom or on the figure page, you must ONLY write: "Unpublished Reference", i.e. you must NOT write the full reference to this work. On the Paper Upload page, there is a specific box, entitled "Unpublished references", in which you must write the full references to any unpublished work, for example "S. Ample et al., "Publication Title", accepted at MicroTAS 2020." Upon request from the reviewers, the conference organizers' administrative staff will retrieve the unpublished manuscripts, blind them by hand, and make them available to the reviewers. Note that the conference organizers have agreements for such actions with most publishers and most of the other large conference series related to the MEMS field.
Helpful Hints for DBR
Please make sure to do the following before uploading your paper:
  • Please refer to any of your previous work in a neutral manner. Instead of "we" or "our", replace with "previously reported/published" (or alike).
  • Make sure to identify any Conflict of Interests in the TPC on your Paper Information form.
  • If your referenced work has not been published, please provide us with the appropriate reference on the "Upload" form.