Submit a Paper

General Submission Information

All paper and abstract submissions must be received in PDF format via this web site on or before 15 January 2021 15 May 2021. This is a firm deadline. Papers will not be accepted after this date. Only electronic submissions in PDF format will be accepted. Please consult this web page for the latest instructions, templates, and format examples. Please do not include page numbers on submitted documents. All papers must be written in clear, idiomatic English. Please note that a paper may be excluded from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference. Address all AP-S and URSI correspondence, including inquiries concerning papers, the technical program, and copyright forms, to

Please note: one normal registration covers a maximum of TWO papers, and one student registration covers ONE paper.

Paper Submission Guides

All Submissions

For an accepted paper to be listed in the technical program, one of the authors of the paper must be registered by 22 August 2021. In the event that this is not possible due to funding or visa issues, another registered attendee must be identified to serve as presenter prior to 22 August 2021.

The language of the symposium is English. The text should be formatted single-spaced and sized for 215.9 x 279.4 mm (8.5 x 11 inch) paper. The title should be horizontally centered 19 mm (0.75 inch) from the top of the first page. The author's (or authors') name and complete organizational affiliation should be two lines below the title. If there are multiple authors, the presenter is to be specified with an asterisk superscript at the end of the name. The text should start three lines below the last name. Paragraphs are to be separated with one blank line, and a minimum font size of 10 points is recommended to maintain readability. Submissions must withstand a linear reduction to 70% of original size and maintain readability. Please do not include page numbers on submitted documents. Only designated contact-authors will receive an (automated) acknowledgement of the submission.

A signed (electronically) IEEE copyright form or URSI Publication Agreement must accompany all submissions. Papers submitted without copyright forms will be rejected. Instructions for electronically signing and submitting copyright forms can be found under "Steps for Submission" below.

Please note that the symposium reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore) if the paper is not presented at the conference.

AP-S Submissions


  • Must be 2 pages in length, including text, references, and figures.
  • Must be in IEEE 2-column format.
  • Authors may optionally choose not to include the paper in IEEE Xplore.
  • The introduction of the paper should clearly indicate the unique aspects of the submission and how it relates to previous work.

Templates for 2-Page AP-S Submissions

Left and right margins should be 15.7 mm (0.6 inches). A 25.4 mm (1 inch) margin should be present at the top and bottom of all pages. The allowed margins, and associated tolerances, for all pages are: 15.7 +/-2.5 mm (0.6 +/-0.1 in) for the left and right margins; 25.4 +/-2.5 mm (1.0 +/-0.1 in) for the top margin; and 25.4 mm (1.0 in) minimum for the bottom margin.

URSI Submissions


  • May be either in one-page, single column format or in 2-page, 2-column format.
  • Submissions that are one page in length must be formatted in a single column and will not appear on IEEE Xplore for any reason.
  • Submissions that are two pages in length must be formatted in IEEE 2-Column format using the AP-S templates and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore unless otherwise indicated.
  • Authors may optionally choose not to include the paper in IEEE Xplore.
  • Submissions that are one page, but in 2-column format, will be automatically rejected.
  • Submissions that are two pages, but in single-column format, will be automatically rejected.

By default, 2-page papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore, but submitting authors have the option to ask that 2-page, 2-column papers not be submitted to IEEE Xplore. URSI authors should choose between these two options. Submitting both formats is not allowed.

Templates for 1-Page URSI Submissions

Left and right margins should be 25.4 mm (1 inch). A 25.4 mm (1 inch) margin should be present at the top and bottom of all pages.

Templates for 2-Page URSI Submissions

AP-S Student Paper Competition

Eligible entries in the Student Paper Competition must have only one student author, and that student must be the first author. The student's primary advisor must certify that the student meets the conditions for authorship and that all coauthors’ contributions to the paper are primarily advisory or editorial. All Student Paper Competition entries will be evaluated using a double-blind review process, which requires the upload of two versions of the paper – one regular and one double blind paper. Detailed instructions and guidelines are available on the conference Web site. Failure to follow all instructions will result in the removal of the paper from the competition and its placement in the regular submission paper pool. Compliant papers accepted for the student paper competition are included in the regular Symposium program, with the finalists required to participate in an additional competition poster session. Questions should be directed to the AP-S Student Paper Competition Committee at

To foster active involvement of students and to ensure a future membership of highly qualified researchers in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the Society sponsors a Student Paper Competition at its annual Symposium. The complete Rules and Guidelines are available here. Questions about the competition should be e-mailed to the 2021 AP-S Student Paper Competition Coordinators (

Rules on the Written Submission

  1. Only one student paper competition (SPC) submission per student is allowed.
  2. The student does NOT have to be a member of IEEE.
  3. For consideration in the student paper competition, the student must be the only student author, the first author on the paper, and a student at the time of paper submission.
  4. The student’s primary advisor must respond to an email sent to the advisor's educational institution address that will be sent after the paper is submitted. The email response will certify that the student meetings the conditions in #3 and that all coauthors’ contributions to the paper are primarily advisory or editorial.
  5. All SPC papers will be evaluated using a double-blind review process. In double-blind reviews, the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers in addition to the usual practice of having the identities of the reviewers withheld from the authors. Therefore, a student must submit two copies of the SPC paper to the Web site — one without any identifying information, including authors' names, affiliations, funding sources, etc., and one intended for publication in the Symposium proceedings that includes authors' names and affiliations, etc. Other than the identifying information, the two versions of the paper should be identical. Additional information and guidelines regarding paper preparation are available here.

Special Sessions

Papers for the special sessions must comply with all submission requirements and instructions for authors, including the submission deadline. A list of the special sessions is available in the submission Web site.

Please note that there are three types of special sessions, AP-S only, URSI only, and joint AP-S/URSI, and this establishes the submission format to be used. An AP-S only session requires papers in the AP-S format, and an URSI only session requires papers in the URSI format. Either the AP-S or URSI format can be used for the joint AP-S/URSI special sessions. Questions on special sessions should be directed to the special session chair at Organizers of the special sessions will be provided additional instructions.

Special Sessions
5G and 6G Antenna Systems for Mobile Devices: Present Challenges and Future Opportunities
Antennas for Wireless Energy Harvesting and Power Transfer Applications
Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning: A New Era in Imaging and Inverse Scattering
Beam-Steerable Antenna Systems for Mobile Satellite Communications
Challenges, Solutions, and Future Trends in 4D Antenna Array Design
Computational Modelling of Test Ranges for Emerging Antenna Technologies
Future Technologies or Biomedical Applications
High Sensitivity Phased Array Receivers for Location Services, 5G, Radio Astronomy, and Satellite Communications
Innovative Trends in Antenna Tolerance Analysis and Robust Design
International Standards Development and Applications
Material Intelligence for Next Generation Wireless Systems
Novel Methods and Algorithms for Microwave Biomedical Applications
Quantum Technology Related to Electromagnetics
Recent Advances in Automotive Radar: From Antennas to Applications
Recent Advances in Generalized Sheet Transition Conditions (GSTCs): Theory, Capabilities, Realizations, and Applications
Reconfigurable Antennas for Compact Devices
Towards a Unified View of Computational Electromagnetics (With a Retrospective at the Occasion of Prof. Hoefer's 80th Birthday)
Transforming Electromagnetics Education after Covid
Ultra-Wideband Antenna Systems Enabling both Cybersecurity and Spectral Efficiency in the 5G/6G Landscape
Unconventional Design Approaches for Low Cost Antennas

Submit your Paper

Steps for Submission

  1. Create your manuscript.
  2. Proofread and check layout of manuscript. Ensure that your figures are correctly labeled and that any required sponsor acknowledgement is included.
  3. Create a PDF version of your manuscript. There are numerous utilities and operating systems for free PDF creation.
  4. Paper Submission has ended
  5. After uploading your paper, you will be directed to the IEEE Electronic Copyright system, which will walk you through electronically signing the appropriate IEEE copyright form.

  6. A computer generated E-mail is immediately sent to the designated contact authors to provide feedback on a successful submission.
  7. Papers that are not presented at the conference (no-show papers) will be excluded from distribution on IEEE Xplore.