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Submission Deadline: 14 October 2014, 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT)

Questions regarding the paper submission and review process can be directed to the Technical Papers Staff at at any time.


The OFC technical program is divided into 16 categories that cover the full breadth of component, system and network technologies relating to fiber optic communications. The categories also accommodate the full range of timescales from current deployment to long term research.

Paper Preparation and Submission Method

Papers must be submitted via the online submission system in PDF format in adherence with the style guide. Do NOT email, fax or mail your paper!


A completed electronic submission is due prior to the published deadline. A complete submission will include the following:

  • 35-word Abstract
  • Summary Paper
  • Category Selection
  • Copyright Agreement
  • OCIS Codes
  • Presentation Preference (All Postdeadline papers are presented orally)

Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the abstract and summary is imperative. NO CHANGES OR REVISIONS WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be accommodated. Failure to complete any of the preceding requirements may result in rejection of a paper. Registration and submission for technical sessions is open to all members of the scientific and technical community. It is incumbent on the authors to obtain appropriate approval to present their work to this international forum.

Peer Review

OFC submissions are high-quality technical papers that undergo a blinded peer-review conducted by the members of the Technical Program Committee. If the paper is accepted, the summary will be reproduced directly from the material submitted by the author(s) and published in the Technical Digest, which will be distributed on-site to all technical registrants.

Style Guide

This style guide is a reference for all submitting authors and has remained consistent to past year's format and style.


35-word Abstract: The 35-word abstract should be a brief summary of the paper topic. This is a very strict word limit: DO NOT EXCEED 35 words! If the paper is accepted, this abstract will be included in the Conference Program.

Summary: All authors are required to submit a final summary of their work for publication in the Technical Digest. The page limit for all authors (OFC) is 3 pages. The style guide provides a visual representation of the paper format. The summary must be typed with the page layout set to 8 ½" x 11" page, and with 1-inch margins on all sides. Within 3-pages, the author must include all text, including the 35-word abstract, title, authors, equations, drawings, tables, photographs, figures and references. The text may be typed either single or double spaced. No columns, please.

The title of the talk and the primary author's name, affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address must appear on the first page with all additional authors and their affiliations. The 35-word abstract should be repeated in the summary. Refrain from the use of asterisks, acknowledgments, job descriptions or footnotes. Cite references at the end of the summary.

IMPORTANT! Please embed all fonts and use standard fonts when possible. Problems may occur if non-English font packages (for example, Japanese, Korean or Chinese fonts, etc.) are used in the body of your paper summary, as well as in all figures and tables. Characters in these fonts cannot be seen by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS -Gothic and MS-Mincho.

OFC management requires the submission of PDF files to protect the integrity of your work. Because OFC undergoes a blind review and staff must remove author blocks from the PDF before the review, please do NOT place any form of PDF security on your files as this may delay or impede the review of your work. Native LaTex files are not readable by OFC staff. Convert all LaTex files to PDF before submitting.

Category Selection: You will be asked to choose a sub-category within one of the main categories. Category descriptions can be found on the Topic Categories page.
Copyright Agreement: The submission system incorporates an electronic copyright transfer agreement as part of your submission. No additional mailed documentation is required.
OCIS Codes: As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to indicate two optics keywords that best characterize their papers. A list of OCIS codes can be found here:
Presentation Preference: The presentation options are “oral or poster acceptable” and “poster only”. The committee has the final say on presentation types, though every effort is made to honor authors’ choices. Note: Postdeadline papers are strictly oral.

Mode of Presentation

The program committee has scheduled both oral and poster sessions. The abstract and summary of both oral and poster papers are published in the same manner in the Conference Program and the Technical Digest. On the electronic submission form, all authors will be asked for their presentation format preference.

Oral Sessions

The presentation times for oral sessions are as follows: contributed presentations are 15 minutes each, invited talks are 30 minutes, and tutorials are 60 minutes. Each presentation will have a break for questions during the last 2-5 minutes of the presentation.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are scheduled to provide an opportunity for selected papers to be presented in greater visual detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees. For poster sessions, each author is provided a 4-foot high x 8-foot wide (122 cm x 244 cm) bulletin board on which to display a summary of the paper. Authors must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session (120 minutes) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment.

NEW Interactive Presentation Format

OFC is expanding its presentation modes to include a select number of interactive demonstrations. These featured displays can range from live software demonstrations to the showcasing of research prototypes (subsystems or devices) that form the core of the related research paper. Demonstration opportunities will provide authors increased visibility of their work at OFC and the possibility to discuss hands-on details of their research with colleagues, providing more space for a fruitful exchange of ideas. If you would like your work to be considered for a demonstration, please select yes under “Demonstrative Presentation” in the submission mask of your paper and provide a short description (up to 100 words) of what attendees will be able to see at your demo.
Demos will be selected after the papers have been accepted as oral or poster papers and are independent of your allocated presentation type. Your interest in having a demo will neither affect whether your paper will be accepted by OFC nor whether your paper will be allocated an oral or a poster slot. In the pilot year of this new presentation mode, selected authors will be allocated a small round table (42 inches high and 30 inches in diameter) in addition to space for an overview poster describing their work during one of the poster sessions. All equipment must be hand-carried to the venue by the authors at their expense and must be set up within the allocated poster session setup time of 2 hours.


Authors will be notified of the committee’s decisions by 12 December 2014.