Paper Submission

The 29th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2021)
Dallas, Texas, USA Virtual Event, November 1-5, 2021 

Please read the whole submission instructions on this page.

Note: For submission of camera-ready papers, please see the instructions here (to be posted later).

Important Dates


As you submit your paper(s), please make sure that you:

  1. Are using the official ICNP 2021 submission page: ;
  2. Have a provided title;
  3. Have entered all authors, their email and affiliation;
  4. Have uploaded a pdf file that complies with the IEEE formatting requirements.
    • no more than 10 pages (excluding references)
    • on US LETTER (8.5" by 11") size paper with 10 point font
    • with authors’ names and affiliations removed for double-blind review
    • using the conference option (if you use the LaTeX template)
    Note: a pdf checker is run on all submitted papers and non-conformant papers will be flagged and rejected without review if not fixed before the submission deadline;
  5. Have uploaded an abstract of no more than 250 words;
  6. Have indicated all PC conflicts;
  7. Have pressed the "Save and submit" button, you can update your submission up until the deadline of May 24, 2021, 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following detailed instructions carefully and check the CFP for additional information regarding scope.

Format and Length

Submitted papers must be written in English and have no more than ten (10) pages in double-column format with standard margins and a 10 point font. This length includes figures, tables, and appendices but not references. Longer submissions will not be reviewed. Papers should include a title and an abstract of fewer than 250 words.

All papers must be formatted for printing on US LETTER (8.5" by 11") size paper and must adhere to the IEEE formatting requirements. For LaTeX, use the conference option. The template should be used as is. Papers that violate the template, e.g., by picking narrower line-spacing or margins than what the template defines, may be rejected without review. Papers must be submitted in PDF (Portable Document Format) and be compatible with Acrobat (English version), not including any special characters or non-standard fonts. A PDF format checker will be used to verify that your paper is compliant. In addition, we must be able to display and print your submission exactly as we receive it and using only standard tools and printers, so we strongly suggest that you use only standard fonts. Make sure that the paper prints well on black-and-white printers, not color printers. This is especially true for plots and graphs in the paper.


ICNP uses a double-blind review process. To ensure double-blind reviewing, author names and affiliations should not appear in the uploaded pdf paper, bibliographic references should be made in such a way as to preserve authors anonymity, and acknowledgement with identifiable names and funding sources should be removed. Please check the CFP for additional information and guidelines on how to best ensure the anonymity of your submission and understand what it entails.


Authors MUST indicate on their paper's submission page all PC members with whom they have a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest are defined on the submission page and consist of past advisors and students, people with the same organizational affiliation, any recent (~2 years) coauthors and collaborators, researchers working on projects that directly compete with some of your own, or anyone for whom conditions exist that could reasonably be perceived as interfering with their ability to perform a full and objective review, e.g., a family member or someone with whom you have a close personal relationship. If you are unsure about a possible CoI, please contact the Program co-Chairs. Conversely, authors should not improperly identify PC members as conflicts to avoid individuals who might review their papers.

Dual Submissions

Once submitted to ICNP, a paper cannot be submitted wholly or in part to another workshop, conference or journal until the ICNP acceptance decision is known. To do so wastes one of our community's scarcest resources: reviewer effort. Similarly, a paper that is wholly or in part under consideration elsewhere, including a workshop or journal, cannot simultaneously be submitted to ICNP. It is acceptable if some of the material in an ICNP submission previously appeared in a workshop, but only if the paper submitted to ICNP provides substantial additional results compared to that earlier publication.

If you are unsure about the paper’s delta with a previous workshop publication (or pending publication), please contact the Program co-Chairs.

Paper Submission Steps

All papers must be submitted using the ICNP 2021 submission page. To begin the process, take the following steps:


The IEEE ICNP 2021 PC will notify authors of acceptance/rejection decisions by August 3, 2021. All accepted papers may be shepherded by members of the PC. Authors of accepted papers should plan to interact with their shepherds immediately after notification, and to budget sufficient time between acceptance notification and the camera-ready deadline to coordinate with their shepherd. It is a requirement that the paper be considered acceptable to the assigned shepherd so that the updates to the paper reflect the issues raised by the PC (conflicts will be mediated by the PC chairs) before the paper is considered "accepted" to appear in the conference proceedings. In addition, the publications chair of the ICNP proceedings will review all accepted papers submitted for the camera-ready deadline of August 24, 2021. Authors should also budget sufficient time immediately after the camera-ready deadline to be available and responsive to any editing changes requested by the publications chair.

Presentation and Registration Requirements

IEEE ICNP requires that at least one of the authors of any accepted paper must register for the conference at the full rate and be available to present the paper at the conference. While we anticipate ICNP 2021 will be held physically in-person in Dallas, TX, in the unlikely event that the conference is held virtually or partially virtually due to health considerations, we will accommodate requests by authors to present papers remotely, without physical attendance, and subsequently to include the paper in the conference proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. However, any paper that is not presented by an author of the paper, either in-person or remotely, will be withdrawn from the proceedings and thus from IEEE Xplore. At least one author from each accepted paper will be expected to register at the full rate whether presenting remotely or in person.