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OFC submissions are high-quality technical papers that undergo a blinded peer-review conducted by the members of the Technical Program Committee. Papers will be evaluated thoroughly, irrespective of the subcommittee they have been submitted to. If submitted to a subcommittee that does not represent a good fit to a paper’s technical content, OFC reserves the right to recategorize the paper to a better matching subcommittee. If the paper is accepted, the summary will be reproduced directly from the material submitted by the author(s).


All technical information contained in the summary must be approved for public distribution by all controlling organizations prior to submission. OFC is a public forum for the exchange of information. For all reasonable questions (including technical detail), presenters are encouraged to have answers approved for distribution prior to the presentation. Authors not interested in discussing their work with attendees in a conference setting are encouraged to submit their work to other forums.

Papers accepted for presentation during the OFC technical sessions will be published in the OFC Technical Digest and may be referenced by other publications. Papers appearing in the Technical Digest should not have been published previously in substantially the same form, and may not be published subsequently in substantially the same form in industry journals or other forums. In addition, summaries of those papers presented at the conference will also be made available on OSA Publishing’s Digital Library and IEEE Xplore after the conference.

This year, due to a conflict with the OFC Postdeadline Paper review process, the ECOC committee exceptionally allows a manuscript that has been submitted for consideration as an OFC Postdeadline Paper to also be submitted to ECOC as a regular paper, provided both the title and the list of authors are unchanged with the only substantive change being to reformat using the ECOC template. After the OFC Postdeadline Paper acceptances have been published, any papers accepted by OFC as Postdeadline Papers, that were reformatted for consideration as regular ECOC papers, will be removed from the ECOC review process.