LBR papers should cover new research in any area relevant to the normal paper submission for DAC. Sufficient work must have been completed to indicate viability of the work, but by their nature LBR papers typically outline new and exciting results. Papers must use the template provided on the DAC web site.  Accepted LBR submissions will be presented at a poster session where the LBR poster presenters will showcase their work and get timely feedback from professionals including academia, EDA industries, designers, and makers. At least one author must be present at the poster session. Publication in IEEE Xplore is contingent on registration for the conference and presentation at the poster session.



  • Submission Opens - January 29, 2021, 5:00PM (PST)
  • Manuscript Deadline - March 5, 2021, 4:00PM (PST)
  • Notification of Acceptance - April 23, 2021
  • Confirmation Forms - April 26, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)
  • Copyright Forms Due - April 26, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)
  • Final Papers Due - April 26, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)
  • Draft poster due for review by LBR chair - May 21, 2021
  • PDF file of poster presentation due – June 1, 2021


IEEE is the 2021 copyright holder for 58 DAC so your final paper is planned to be included in IEEE Xplore for archival value after the conference. However, IEEE reserves the right to exclude an acceptance paper from inclusion in IEEE Xplore if it is not presented at the conference. Please follow these steps to finalize the camera-ready version of your paper.

You may not, in any way, revise the content of your manuscript other than to address minor formatting issues, or to add acknowledgements or references that would have invalidated a double-blind review.

  • IEEE’s Publishing Policy can be found here and the Author Rights page can be found here.
  • Any issues/questions authors have regarding the copyright form or IEEE Policy may be addressed to IEEE.

Final paper submission template

  • Your submission must include "Late Breaking Results:" at the start of your submission and manuscript title.
  • Prepare your final paper using the IEEE double-column US letter style format using IEEE Conference Proceeding templates available at:
    Attention: IEEE has updated the LaTeX template – please use the new template from the above link.
  • Please note that in addition to the corrections proposed by reviewers, only minor changes to the title and/or abstract may be accepted. Changes to author list are NOT allowed.
  • For IEEEtran class in LaTeX, use the following as the first line in your LaTeX source file:

\documentclass[10pt, conference]{IEEEtran}

  •  Note that with IEEE conferences, the author affiliation is listed under the author’s name, unlike IEEE transactions.
  •  Do not add any page numbering, header or footer (other than the copyright info discussed below).

Copyright clearance code – 978-1-6654-3274-0/21/$31.00

The appropriate copyright clearance code notice is to appear at the bottom of the first page of each paper per the guidelines set forth in the Cataloging / Copyright Instructions for an IEEE Conference Proceeding. Detailed instructions can be found at:

  •  For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is: U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-6654-3274-0/21/$31.00 ©2021 Crown
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is: 978-1-6654-3274-0/21/$31.00©2021 European Union
  • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-6654-3274-0/21/$31.00 ©2021 IEEE

IEEE PDF eXpress

Authors are required to use IEEE PDF eXpress to check if their final PDF file is Xplore-compliant. Papers that are not compliant will not be included in the proceedings nor published.

The PDF eXpress site can also be used to convert source files into an IEEE Xplore-compliant PDF file (e.g., for LaTeX users, create a ZIP file that includes DVI and EPS figure files all together, and then upload the ZIP file for the system to convert into a compliant PDF file; for MS Word users, upload the Word file and let it convert and return a compliant PDF file).

  • Go to IEEE PDF eXpress Website:
  • Create an IEEE PDF eXpress account (use conference ID: 18074X)
  • Use ‘new user’ if you haven’t used this site before
  • Continue to enter information as prompted
  • Do NOT use ‘Approve for collection’ in PDF eXpress Plus, if requested

The validated PDF obtained from PDF eXpress is the file that you must upload as a final version. It includes a label in the PDF metadata that certifies the compatibility with IEEE Xplore.

IEEE e-copyright form

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IEEE eCopyright Form. One copyright form is required for each accepted paper.

  • Any issues/questions authors have regarding the copyright form or IEEE Policy may be addressed to IEEE.
  • To complete your eCopyright Form, log into the paper management system. You will have a "To Do" task, which will include a link that will transmit your paper details to IEEE for your submission.



Each author is allocated a 42” tall x 36” wide area for a poster.  Poster sessions will run for one hour, and may include 20-30 posters. Poster authors are welcome to distribute additional material to interested attendees at the poster session. Such material can include extended abstracts and whitepapers. 

  • One poster board is allocated to each presentation.  

  • Posters must be mounted using push pins provided by the organizing committee.
  • The title of your poster should be done in block letters which are AT LEAST 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) high.
  • All text must be easily readable from a distance of 1 to 2 meters. Make the lettering at least 1 cm high, smaller lettering will not be legible from a distance of 1 to 2 meters.
  • All graphs and charts should be AT LEAST 25 X 30 cm (approximately 8.5 x 11 inches) or larger.
  • It is a good idea to sequentially number your materials in the poster. This will indicate to the viewer a logical progression through your poster.
  • Provide an introduction (outline) and a summary or conclusion for your poster.
  • Please include a copy of the DAC logo at the bottom right corner of your poster. You can download the PNG image file here.
  • Prepare your poster carefully so that it can be used as the basis to explain and answer questions from the viewers.
  • Have your business cards available for those who may wish to contact you at a later date.
  • Bring along a tablet of blank paper that you may use for a discussion of technical details relating to your poster.


A title, abstract (approximately 100 words), a list of all co-authors and the entire Late Breaking work must be submitted by March 5, 2021.

Each submitted manuscript must discuss original work that has not been previously published in other indexed research databases. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscript meets the submission guidelines outlined in the tabs at the top of this page. There will be no opportunity for re-submission to correct any issues. Your manuscript will be reviewed as a finalized manuscript. Preliminary submissions will be at a disadvantage.


  • Submitter must enter names, affiliations, city, state, country and email address of ALL co-authors. The addition of new co-authors will not be permitted after March 5, 2020.
  • DO NOT identify the author(s) by their name(s) or affiliation(s) anywhere on the manuscript or abstract, with all references to the author(s)’ own previous work or affiliations in the bibliographic citations being in the third person. Avoid the use of “omitted for blind review” in the bibliography section.
  • The manuscript must be within 2 pages, double-columned, 9 or 10-pt font, in PDF format only, and be a readable file.
  • Title should start with “Late Breaking Results: ...”
  • The manuscript should focus on the contributions in these two pages and limit background and related work to the most essential.
  • An author of each accepted LBR submission is required to:
  • Bring a poster following the instructions provided.
  • Sign and submit a Rights and Release form.

In addition:

  • One co-author on the presentation is required to pay the Speaker Registration Fee.
  • The speaker must present the poster at the conference.


DAC adheres to strict rules regarding duplicate submissions. Submissions must be clearly novel and distinct with respect to other submissions to DAC 2021, concurrent submissions to other conferences and previously published work.

  • All closely related work should be properly referenced. If such related work is authored by one of the co-author(s) of the manuscript in submission, it should be referenced as if it were written by others.

  • Any extended version of the submitted manuscript should not be submitted or under review before the formal notification of the DAC ‘s review decision.
  • If any co-author has any paper that may be perceived as having overlapping contributions and that is simultaneously under review by another venue, such papers must be disclosed in the submission process.

Submissions which fail to follow the above guidelines will be automatically rejected. In serious cases, the authors’ names will be reported to IEEE and kept in records, as well as sent to the Technical Chair or the Editor of the venue where the duplicate manuscript was submitted; the authors may be banned from publishing at future DAC conferences.


When submitting to DAC, authors face a dilemma. DAC has a blind review process in which the author’s identity remains anonymous. However, the submission rules compel the authors to cite relevant publications that have already been accepted or are under review by another conference (such as ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, etc.). Disclosing these papers under the citation list reveals the authors’ identities. To circumvent this issue, DAC has implemented a disclosure process.

When submitting a paper, the authors are asked to list each relevant paper that has not yet been published and include the corresponding pdf of the paper. The LBR Chair will be able to check for self-plagiarism and relevance without revealing the author identities to the reviewers. Failure to disclose such papers will be considered as omission of closely related work and subject to the same penalties outlined in the Duplicate Submissions, as discussed in the section.


To further strengthen the review process, each submitter is asked to identify any Technical Program Committee (TPC) members with whom s/he has conflict of interests (COI). The TPC list is available in the submission site.

An author has a conflict with a member of the Technical Program Committee if one or more of the situations below holds:

  • Advisor-advisee relation
  • Co-authors of a paper (published and/or under review) in the last 24 months
  • Author and TPC member are from the same institution
  • Co-PIs of a grant in the last 2 years
  • Close personal or family relationship

The submitter should indicate the COIs of all authors with members of the Technical Program Committee upon submission. Failure to do so may lead to automatic rejection of the submission. If the submitter marks members of the Technical Program Committee as COI where there is in fact no COI, which may also lead to automatic rejection.


How should I submit the conflict of interest (COI) information?

Submitters should report COIs of all co-authors with respect to members of the Technical Program Committee upon submission. However, it is recommended that submitters work on marking COIs as soon as they submit their manuscript's abstract, since this task may require some time, which is often scarce in the final sprint towards the completion of a manuscript's submission. Modifications to marked COIs can be made any time prior to the manuscript deadline.

Authors are asked to mark all the TPC members who have COIs with at least one of the authors at the time of abstract registration. Do not mark any members of the Technical Program Committee as COI where there is in fact COI.

What if authors failed to identify TPC members with COI?

DAC assumes that authors have no additional COIs with TPC members, beside those that have been declared at the time of manuscript submission. If a manuscript is found to have failed in identifying a COI, during or after the paper selection process, the submitted manuscript will be automatically rejected. Same hold if members of the Technical Program Committee are marked as COI where there is in fact no COI.

What is the DAC LBR manuscript timeline?

DAC will follow the timeline below in processing, selecting and publishing research manuscripts: 

  • Submission Opens - January 29, 2021, 5:00PM (PST)
  • Manuscript Deadline - March 5, 2021, 4:00PM (PST)
  • Notification of Acceptance - April 2, 2021
  • Confirmation Forms - April 6, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)
  • Copyright Forms Due - April 9, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)
  • Final Papers Due - April 9, 2021, 5:00PM (PDT)

Which category should I select when I submit my manuscript?

The Call for Contributions lists several categories; please select the most appropriate primary topic when submitting your abstract. Authors of submissions that cover cross-cutting topics should select a category that is closest to the essential contribution of the submission. Submissions will be asked to select a broad category (ex. “EDA1. System-on-chip and HW/SW Codesign. A complete list of available categories and topic areas can be found in the CFP.  Please note that their separate categories for electronic design automation topics, embedded systems and software topics, autonomous electronic design, design and system security, and electronic design topics.

How do I avoid referencing my own work to ensure the integrity of the blind review process?

To satisfy the criteria for a blind review process, the Call for Contributions states that any references to the author(s) own previous work or affiliations in the bibliographic citations must be in the third person. For the blind review process, DO NOT LIST THE NAMES OR AFFILIATIONS OF ANY OF THE AUTHORS ANYWHERE ON THE MANUSCRIPT, except in the references section (if citation to prior work is required).

Example: A. and B. presented a method for listing self-referential citations in [5].

[5] A. A and B. B, How to write a research DAC paper, 2020.

DO NOT use “omitted for blind review” to cite authors’ own papers. Describe all related papers published by you as if they were written by others.

Citation of authors’ unpublished papers is not allowed, including citation of potential double and/or simultaneous submissions. If this situation arises, submitters must follow the disclosure requirements to disclose their (or thier co-authors) related work that is under review or accepted for publication.

I still have some questions. Who do I contact?

For additional information, please contact John Sampson, the 58th DAC LBR Chair.


Authors of research manuscripts are required to specify main category from the list below. Authors of submissions that cover cross-cutting topics should select a category that is closest to the essential contribution of the submission. Your selection should take into consideration the likely expertise of the group of people who will serve in reviewing manuscripts for each category.


  • The papers are peer-reviewed and will be published as is (except for the addition of author names, affiliations, and acknowledgements) after acceptance. NO OTHER CHANGES ARE ALLOWED. 
  • DAC will still ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between authors and reviewers.

The reported result should be novel and interesting enough to warrant an acceptance as late breaking.

Additional criteria will include:

  • Importance of the problem and quality of the technical contribution (design, method, research) described in the manuscript.
  • Originality of the concepts used and described (whether tools, methods or design). Advances over previous approaches should be reflected by describing the significant improvement in the results section. Comparisons with other approaches are also important to justify the advancement claimed in your manuscript.
  • Significance of the results obtained or expected with clues - by measurable quantitative criteria (runtime for tools, optimal results, time for design process steps, simplification or automation of manual effort, etc.).
  • Degree of experimental validation of the concepts. Use in real designs or widely accepted benchmarks with measurable criteria for results is highly desirable, if not essential.
  • A good discussion of limitations of the approach and concepts, and possible areas for future improvement.
  • The quality of manuscript writing, use of English, organization and clarity of presentation.


One author of each accepted paper that is submitted to DAC for publication in the official conference proceedings is required by IEEE to sign a copyright form. Please note that paper copyright forms are no longer accepted and IEEE does not accept any addendum to their forms.

  • Copyright information can be found here. These copyright samples are for your information only. Authors will be required to complete an electronic version of one of these forms through the IEEE submission system if their paper is accepted.
  • IEEE’s Publishing Policy can be found here and the Author Rights page can be found here.
  • Any issues/questions authors have regarding the copyright form or IEEE Policy may be addressed to IEEE.