DC I/O Paper Template

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The DC I/O standard paper components have been specified for ease of use when formatting individual papers. It also helps with automatic compliance to electronic requirements that facilitate the concurrent or later production of electronic products. The use of the template is also very important to create a conformity of style throughout conference proceedings. Margins, column widths, line spacing, and type styles are built-in; examples of the type styles are provided throughout this page and are identified in italic type, within parentheses, following the example.

Some components, such as multi-leveled equations, graphics, and tables are not prescribed, although the various table text styles are provided in the template.

Paper Structure

DC I/O conference papers are divided into two main parts (besides the usual paper identification sections and references section). The first part is a proposition and the second part is the implementation, in a codified form, of the proposition.

  • Paper Identification Sections, including a Title, a Subtitle, the Author(s), Keywords categorising the paper, and an Abstract.
  • Part 1: Proposition has a 1.1 Introduction, 1.2 Literature review, 1.3 Methodology, 1.4 Results and 1.5 Conclusion.
  • Part 2: Implementation has an 2.1 Algorithm Introduction section, 2.2 Input section explaining the algorithm, and an 2.3 Output section showing outcomes of that algorithm.
  • References collate all the bibliography used in the papers.

Writing & Formating Guidelines

Paper Length

There is no arbitrary maximum (or minimum) length imposed on papers. However, clarity of writing is considered vital to a high-quality submission. Papers may be perceived as too long if they are repetitive or verbose or too short if they omit important details, neglect relevant prior art, or tamper with formatting rules just to save on page count. Typical lengths are between 8 and 10 pages, not including references (though the variation can be accepted). The page length need not be an even number.

If a submission is conditionally accepted, its length may change only by permission from the primary reviewer.

Paper sessions

Title & Subtitle

Authors and Affiliations

1ST GIVEN NAME SURNAME1, 2ST GIVEN NAME SURNAME2, 3ST GIVEN NAME SURNAME3, ETCETC. 1Dept. name of the organization (of Affiliation), City, Country. 2Dept. name of organization (of Affiliation), City, Country, Etc. 1email@address.com or ORCID, 2 email@address.com or ORCID, 3 email@address.com or ORCID,

The template is designed for, but not limited to, six authors. A minimum of one author is required for all conference articles. Author names should be listed starting from left to right and then moving down to the next line. This is the author sequence that will be used in future citations and by indexing services. Names should not be listed in columns nor group by affiliation. Please keep your affiliations as succinct as possible (for example, do not differentiate among departments of the same organization). For papers with more than six authors: Add author names horizontally, moving to a third row if needed for more than 8 authors. For papers with less than six authors: To change the default, adjust the template as follows. Selection: Highlight all author and affiliation lines. Change number of columns: Select the Columns icon from the MS Word Standard toolbar and then select the correct number of columns from the selection palette. Deletion: Delete the author and affiliation lines for the extra authors.


This electronic document is a “live” template and already defines the components of your paper [title, text, heads, etc.] in its style sheet. *CRITICAL: Do Not Use Symbols, Special Characters, Footnotes, or Math in Paper Title or Abstract. (Abstract)


Component, Formatting, Style, Styling, Insert (Key Words)

PART 1: Proposition

Part 1 refers to the classic part of the paper, with the usual session as below.

[1.] Introduction

This section is indexed (e.i: 1. Introduction) and also includes the hypothesis of the paper.

[2.] Literature review

[3.] Methodology

[4.] Results

[5.] Conclusion

PART 2: Implementation

Part 2 refers to the algorithm description part of the paper, explaining the implementation of a computational design process. Whenever possible, authors should follow the 'Open Data' (e.g. SNSF) policy and provide enough information for repeating the computational method.

[6.] Algorithm Description


This section explaining the algorithm to accomplish the research. This can be the script, code, pseudocode or mathematical description used. UML diagrams can also be used if the nature of the algorithm is not computable in a digital device or if an experiment is being described.


Section showing outcomes of that algorithm. This can be an image, diagram or data.


Collate all the bibliography used in the papers. (HEADING 1 / NO INDEX NUMBER)

Selecting the right template

First, confirm that you have the correct, most up to date template for your paper. Templated .docx files are named after their conference year, for example, DCIO2020.docx.

Maintaining the Integrity of the Specifications

The template is used to format your paper and style the text. All margins, column widths, line spaces, and text fonts are prescribed; please do not alter them. You may note peculiarities. For example, the head margin in this template measures proportionately more than is customary. This measurement and others are deliberate, using specifications that anticipate your paper as one part of the entire proceedings, and not as an independent document. Please do not revise any of the current designations.

Prepare your paper before styling

Before you begin to format your paper, first write and save the content as a separate text file. Complete all content and organizational editing before formatting. Please note sections A-D below for more information on proofreading, spelling and grammar. Keep your text and graphic files separate until after the text has been formatted and styled. Do not use hard tabs, and limit use of hard returns to only one return at the end of a paragraph. Do not add any kind of pagination anywhere in the paper. Do not number text heads-the template will do that for you.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have been defined in the abstract. Abbreviations such as IEEE, SI, MKS, CGS, sc, dc, and rms do not have to be defined. Do not use abbreviations in the title or heads unless they are unavoidable.


  • Use either SI (MKS) or CGS as primary units. (SI units are encouraged.) English units may be used as secondary units (in parentheses). An exception would be the use of English units as identifiers in trade, such as “3.5-inch disk drive”.
  • Avoid combining SI and CGS units, such as current in amperes and magnetic field in oersteds. This often leads to confusion because equations do not balance dimensionally. If you must use mixed units, clearly state the units for each quantity that you use in an equation.
  • Do not mix complete spellings and abbreviations of units: “Wb/m2” or “webers per square meter”, not “webers/m2”. Spell out units when they appear in text: “. . . a few henries”, not “. . . a few H”.
  • Use a zero before decimal points: “0.25”, not “.25”. Use “cm3”, not “cc”. (bullet list)


The equations are an exception to the prescribed specifications of this template. You will need to determine whether or not your equation should be typed using either the Times New Roman or the Symbol font (please no other font). To create multileveled equations, it may be necessary to treat the equation as a graphic and insert it into the text after your paper is styled.

Number equations consecutively. Equation numbers, within parentheses, are to position flush right, as in (1), using a right tab stop. To make your equations more compact, you may use the solidus ( / ), the exp function, or appropriate exponents. Italicize Roman symbols for quantities and variables, but not Greek symbols. Use a long dash rather than a hyphen for a minus sign. Punctuate equations with commas or periods when they are part of a sentence, as in:

            a + b = y        (1)

Note that the equation is centered using a center tab stop. Be sure that the symbols in your equation have been defined before or immediately following the equation. Use “(1)”, not “Eq. (1)” or “equation (1)”, except at the beginning of a sentence: “Equation (1) is . . .”

Good to know

  • The word “data” is plural, not singular.
  • The subscript for the permeability of vacuum 0, and other common scientific constants, is zero with subscript formatting, not a lowercase letter “o”.
  • In American English, commas, semicolons, periods, question and exclamation marks are located within quotation marks only when a complete thought or name is cited, such as a title or full quotation. When quotation marks are used, instead of a bold or italic typeface, to highlight a word or phrase, punctuation should appear outside of the quotation marks. A parenthetical phrase or statement at the end of a sentence is punctuated outside of the closing parenthesis (like this). (A parenthetical sentence is punctuated within the parentheses.)
  • A graph within a graph is an “inset”, not an “insert”. The word alternatively is preferred to the word “alternately” (unless you really mean something that alternates).
  • Do not use the word “essentially” to mean “approximately” or “effectively”.
  • In your paper title, if the words “that uses” can accurately replace the word “using”, capitalize the “u”; if not, keep using lower-cased.
  • Be aware of the different meanings of the homophones “affect” and “effect”, “complement” and “compliment”, “discreet” and “discrete”, “principal” and “principle”.
  • Do not confuse “imply” and “infer”.
  • The prefix “non” is not a word; it should be joined to the word it modifies, usually without a hyphen.
  • There is no period after the “et” in the Latin abbreviation “et al.”.
  • The abbreviation “i.e.” means “that is”, and the abbreviation “e.g.” means “for example”.

An excellent style manual for science writers is Strunk and White [1999].

File Naming Convention


  • [Conference]_[SubmissionID].PDF
  • [Conference]_[SubmissionID].DOCX

E.g: DCIO2020_123456.PDF

Applying the Template

After the text edit has been completed, the paper is ready for the template. Duplicate the template file by using the Save As command, and use the naming convention prescribed by your conference for the name of your paper. In this newly created file, highlight all of the contents and import your prepared text file. You are now ready to style your paper; use the scroll down window on the left of the MS Word Formatting toolbar.

Identify the Headings

Headings, or heads, are organizational devices that guide the reader through your paper. There are two types: component heads and text heads. Component heads identify the different components of your paper and are not topically subordinate to each other. Examples include Acknowledgments and References and, for these, the correct style to use is “Heading 5”. Use “figure caption” for your Figure captions, and “table head” for your table title. Run-in heads, such as “Abstract”, will require you to apply a style (in this case, italic) in addition to the style provided by the drop down menu to differentiate the head from the text. Text heads organize the topics on a relational, hierarchical basis. For example, the paper title is the primary text head because all subsequent material relates and elaborates on this one topic. If there are two or more sub-topics, the next level head (uppercase Roman numerals) should be used and, conversely, if there are not at least two sub-topics, then no subheads should be introduced. Styles named “Heading 1”, “Heading 2”, “Heading 3”, and “Heading 4” are prescribed.

Figures and Tables

Positioning Figures and Tables: Place figures and tables at the top and bottom of columns. Avoid placing them in the middle of columns. Large figures and tables may span across both columns. Figure captions should be below the figures; table heads should appear above the tables. Insert figures and tables after they are cited in the text. Use the abbreviation “Fig. 1”, even at the beginning of a sentence.

[Table 1] Sample of a Table footnote. (Table footnote) Fig. 2. Example of a figure caption. (figure caption)

Figure Labels: Use 8 point Times New Roman for Figure labels. Use words rather than symbols or abbreviations when writing Figure axis labels to avoid confusing the reader. As an example, write the quantity “Magnetization”, or “Magnetization, M”, not just “M”. If including units in the label, present them within parentheses. Do not label axes only with units. In the example, write “Magnetization (A/m)” or “Magnetization {A[m(1)]}”, not just “A/m”. Do not label axes with a ratio of quantities and units. For example, write “Temperature (K)”, not “Temperature/K”.


The preferred spelling of the word “acknowledgment” in America is without an “e” after the “g”. Avoid the stilted expression “one of us (R. B. G.) thanks ...”. Instead, try “R. B. G. thanks...”. Put sponsor acknowledgments in the unnumbered footnote on the first page.


A graphic description:

Heading & Foorter

Add QI to DCWIKI article if appropriate. Please note DCWIKI operates under Creative Commons licensing. Add DC logo and paper identification number to Footer

Other Notes

Please ensure that all template text is removed from your conference paper prior to submission to the conference. Failure to remove template text from your paper may result in your paper not being published.

Conference Information

For all DC I/O conference material, please search 'DCIO' in this wiki. The DCIO category tags all conference information content in this platform. For general information to create articles in the DCWIKI please refer to the Manual of Style.

Download Template

Please download the DC I/O Paper template HERE