EDAS manages the paper submission, review and registration process for conferences, workshops and journals. It is a hosted and supported service, i.e., there is no software to install and support staff can help authors, reviewers and chairs with any problems. Users interact with EDAS using standard web browsers. Chairs set up the conference or journal by filling out a web form.
All features below are included in the basic paper processing fee, except if noted for a particular item.
Beyond the normal functions required for managing paper submissions and reviews, EDAS supports many special features throughout the conference life cycle:
Web Pages and Publicity
- EDAS can host the conference web pages, with a configurable template and menu system. Hosting incurs no extra cost and the web pages are maintained indefinitely. EDAS can also set up a conference-specific domain name (e.g., XYZ2010.org) for $25 for one year and $16 for each additional year.
- Chairs can announce their conference up to three times to a subset of the about
600,000 EDAS users with similar technical interests.
Only conferences using EDAS for paper processing are allowed to send CFPs. If you use another system for accepting conference submissions, you will be charged the minimum EDAS fee of $60.
- Personal logins based on email address. Passwords can be emailed to forgetful reviewers and authors.
- Paper meta data such as abstracts and paper titles are spell-checked.
- Papers can have any number of topics, including topics organized in groups.
- Paper meta data can contain conference-specific information.
- Paper can be submitted by web upload or by providing a URL.
- The system enforces deadlines for paper registration and submission, with separate deadlines for each conference track. The registration and submission deadlines can differ.
- The system checks for duplicate papers, based on the paper title.
- EDAS uses docoloc and iThenticate/CrossCheck (for IEEE conferences) to search other published papers for possible plagiarism.
- For IEEE conferences, authors are checked against the IEEE Prohibited Author List (PAL), updated monthly. Chairs are notified if an author matching a name on that list submits a paper.
- PDF files can be checked to make sure that font sizes, margins and page counts follow conference rules.
- The system can check for missing fonts and ensure proper PDF structure, according to IEEE Xplore PDF rules.
- EDAS is integrated with the IEEE electronic copyright form submission system, allowing authors to file copyright forms electronically (configuration required).
- EDAS can charge authors for extra conference pages, payable by credit card. (EDAS charges a percentage of the registration fee to cover credit card charges.)
- Paper data can be exported into Excel-compatible files, with a selectable set of fields.
- Accepted papers can be output as BibTeX or DBLP records.
- For an additional fee (see below), EDAS can generate content for a USB memory stick (flash drive) or attendee download.
- Conferences can use a single-level or two-level (technical program committee plus external reviewers) review model.
- Conferences can be, but don't have to be, double-blind, where the reviewers do not see the author names.
- Authors can designate non-preferred reviewers for each paper. These reviewers are not assigned to review the paper.
- Review questions can be fully customized, for both numeric and textual review questions. TPC-only and chair-only review questions are supported.
- Reviews can be assigned automatically, based on requests made by TPC members ("claims"), or manually by the chairs. In a two-tiered system, reviews can also be assigned by TPC members. The system automatically checks for conflicts of interest, based on declarations by the TPC members, minimizing the number of inadvertent conflicts in double-blind conferences.
- Conferences can choose to use rebuttals, with a designated rebuttal period and maximum rebuttal length.
- Per-paper discussion threads are supported, e.g., for on-line TPC meetings. The messages are visible on the paper web page, and are also distributed to the chairs, TPC members, TPC members assigned to the paper or reviewers for the paper, depending on the conference configuration. The chair can delete inappropriate messages. These messages are not included in the review sent back to the authors.
- Tardy reviewers can be reminded, with reminders spaced to minimize reviewer complaints.
- TPC members can indicate whether they want to attend the TPC meeting.
- EDAS allows to assign papers and TPC members to TPC groups.
- Conferences can ask authors and other reviewers to rate reviews.
- Review data can be exported into Excel-compatible files.
Registration, Travel Grants and Visas
- Conference registration, including payment by credit card, check or wire transfer.
- A conference can have any number of events, with different registration options, such as early/late registration, society member rates and student/non-student rates. Each registration type can designate whether it counts as an author registration and for how many papers, so that, for example, a conference can enforce that each paper has at least one non-student registration.
- EDAS can generate attendee badges as PDF files, including markers for specific events as colored dots.
- EDAS can manage travel grant competitions and selection.
- EDAS can generate visa request letters for attendees, based on a template.
- EDAS can collect biographical sketches ("bios") and photos for paper presenters and can remind presenters if their paper does not have a designated presenter or if his or her bio is missing.
- Each session can have one or two session chairs who can view papers and, if configured, reviews and rebuttals.
- Presenters can upload presentations.
- Papers can be assigned to conference sessions. A schedule is generated automatically, suitable for posting on a web page.
- Conference programs allow attendees to pick favorites.
- Video uploads, with ability to enforce length limits (e.g., 15 minutes maximum).
- Participants can view uploaded videos on EDAS page or download.
- Each paper can have a YouTube, Vimeo or similar URL.
- Program schedules are shown in the time zone of the attendee.
- Each paper and session can be assigned a dedicated discussion ("chat") group, with automated email copies of messages to the authors and session chairs and updates on all web pages.
- Multiple occurrences for each session: A session can have multiple occurrences to accommodate different time zones.
- Each session can have a Zoom, WebEx or similar URL.
- Zoom integration: create meetings by session or for each track; create custom sign-in URLs for each person who registers. (Conferences can either use their own Zoom account or the EDAS account.)
Online Proceedings, IEEE Xplore and Smartphone Apps
EDAS can help with both attendee proceedings and the IEEE Xplore submission. The attendee proceedings are made available to attendees through the EDAS web pages or a downloadable zip file. Both can be restricted to registered attendees or protected by password.
EDAS can prepare and submit the IEEE Xplore proceedings. These are not meant for attendees and are used to populate the IEEE digital library.
There are two ways EDAS can help with producing the conference proceedings:
- The conference organizers can use EDAS functionality to number pages and to collect material commonly found in proceedings, such as TPC listings and author indices, as well as the IEEE eXpress collection, if applicable.
- EDAS Conference Services can prepare the content of the attendee proceedings, typically including the page-stamped papers, pages from the conference web site and EDAS-generated content, such as TPC listings or author indices, as well as the IEEE Xplore collection, if applicable.
(There is no extra charge for the first option, but we do charge for the second one as this is a labor-intensive process.)
Producing PDFs and HTML files for a conference includes:
- Checking for PDF IEEE Xplore compliance (this is done on upload into EDAS, but we assist authors that can't figure out font embedding, for example);
- If desired, converting paper titles to uniform title case ("This is Title Case");
- IEEE eCopyright collection (done automatically prior to submission of the final manuscript);
- Collect fees for overlength papers;
- Update the PDF files with appropriate meta information (authors and title);
- Front matter such as welcome messages, keynotes, TPC lists, committees, based on conference web pages or material provided by the conference;
- List of TPC members and reviewers;
- Alphabetical paper title list;
- Alphabetical author list;
- Full-text word indexing of all PDF papers;
- Stamping all papers with the page number, conference name and copyright line.
If a conference needs an Android application, we work with Conference4Me. The apps list session details, maps and conference news. Please contact us or the Conference4Me team for details.
- All authors on a paper are notified by email when papers are uploaded, edited or withdrawn.
- All email notifications are generated from customizable templates. Email notifications are tracked.
What Kind of Conferences does EDAS Support?
EDAS has been used for both small conferences with a few dozen papers as well as very large conferences consisting of multiple sub-conferences and workshops, each with their own chairs and TPC, with thousands of papers. EDAS has also been used for special issues for journals. As of April 2010, EDAS has managed roughly 240,000 papers across 2655 conferences, workshops, journal special issues and journals.
How Can I use EDAS for My Conference?
You can run the conference on our server at http://edas.info. This will give you access to the existing database of more than 100,000 reviewers and authors.
You can set up the conference via a web form.
After setup, the chair can then configure the conference as needed, adding TPC members, create additional tracks, eidit review questions, change mail messages and revise other information. You can start using the conference immediately after set-up.
EDAS charges are due within 30 calendar days of the beginning of the conference.
You can estimate the invoice.
|Paper processing||$6 each for first 100 counted papers, $5 each for others ($60 minimum), independent of the number of tracks and sub-conferences|
|PDF repair||$10 for each PDF repair requested for IEEE/ACM compliance (PDF font embedding, link removal) if more than 2% of papers|
|Online proceedings preparation||$1 per accepted paper; $100 minimum if with IEEE Xplore; $300 minimum alone.|
|Travel grants||No fee if EDAS is used for paper processing, $5 for each application otherwise|
|IEEE Xplore content preparation and upload||$1 for each paper in the proceedings (i.e., accepted paper); minimum $100|
|Attendee registration, overlength charges, paper application fees||6% of collected amount, 3% of cancelled registrations|
|Each outgoing international wire transfer to transfer the registration income to the conference account (typically, such transfers are made once or twice for each conference) or for conference expenses||$40|
|Each intra-US payment (paper check, US domestic wire transfer) for conference expenses (e.g., hotel, caterer, publisher) or registration payouts||$25|
|EDAS tutorials and special feature training, such as IEEE Xplore (beyond 2 hours)||$50/hour|
|Vendor form for registration||$20|
|Incoming wire transfer for registrations (not for credit card payments)||$15|
|$25 for one year, $20 for each additional year|
|Late payment fee||1.5% per month starting 30 calendar days after beginning of conference|
Only papers that have been assigned reviews (or have been accepted, rejected or are still active) are counted, not papers that were withdrawn before review. ("Pending" papers, i.e., papers without manuscript, are automatically withdrawn after the end of the conference, before the invoice is issued.) There is no extra charge for multiple rounds of review (e.g., extended abstract and final paper review), but paper revisions, with a new paper number, are counted separately. For journals, we typically invoice once a year, or as arranged with the publisher.
If you use EDAS to accept payment for registrations via credit card, checks or wire transfer, a charge of 6% of the registrations paid covers the credit card fees and handling. (Wire transfers generally need to be matched to registrations manually.) There is no charge for registration payments deposited directly into a conference account or collected by the conference (e.g., via a University merchant account). In addition, EDAS charges for each incoming wire transfers to recover the corresponding bank charge. To cover our labor, we also charge for each outgoing domestic conference payment and for international payments, e.g., for hotel and catering invoices, whether this is a check or domestic wire transfer. Since credit card processors have started, since 2019, to not refund their fees when a credit card charge is cancelled, we have to charge 3% on all cancelled reservations to cover our costs.
Our payment processor charges for refunds, so we will bill the actual incurred payment charges to the conference.
For conferences collecting registrations paid by credit card in currencies other than US dollars, EDAS receives the fees in US Dollars and we then wire the funds to the receiving bank. This incurs two currency conversion fees. We offer conferences the ability to set up a Stripe account and directly transfer the funds in their home currency to that account. This feature is only available to organizers in certain countries; in other regions, we can still collect registrations and wire the collected funds, but suggest using US Dollars as the registration currency.
The conference is responsible for any charge-backs due to cancellations by attendees, contested charges or credit card fraud.
We convert charges shown in US Dollar to the billing currency in effect on the last day of the conference. Before the end of the conference, the costs shown are estimates only.
The amount can be sent by US check (to US addresses, generally) or by electronic funds transfer (wire transfer), typically at the end of the registration period. Income For very large conferences, registration income can be transferred in several batches. International wire transfers incur a bank fee of $40. For convenience, we usually subtract the paper processing fee from the payment.
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