COMA 2016

Call for Papers

Please upload a 200-300 word abstract via website, including full names of the authors, affiliation, contact details and topic area. Based on content relevance the authors will be invited to submit full papers, which will be forwarded for reviewing by the International Programme Committee. Subsequently authors will be notified about paper acceptance and details. This process ensures that all papers accepted for conference proceedings will be formally accredited

Papers are invited in the following areas relevant to the conference theme. Industry sectors like Tool and Die, Bio-Medical, Railway and Aerospace will benefit directly from topics at COMA’16. Topics include:

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Reverse Engineering, CAD/CAE,  Open Design, Concurrent Engineering, Machining, Forming, Metrology, Mechatronics, Precision Manufacturing, Robotics, Reliability, Sensing, Assembly, Additive Manufacturing, Virtual Prototyping, Non-conventional Processes, CAPP/CAM, Automation, Networks in Product Development,  Communication Networks, Expert Systems in Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Intelligent Manufacturing, Software for Manufacturing, Digital Factory, Social Manufacturing, Factory Planning, Production Planning and Control, Logistics, Modelling and Simulation, Scheduling, ERP-applications, Supply Chain Management, Knowledge Management,  E-manufacturing, Product Life Cycle, Technology and Innovation Management, Total Quality Management, Distributed Control Systems, Human Interface, Web-based Design and Manufacturing, Socio-economic and Environmental Issues, Enterprise Engineering, Learning Factory, Vocational training



Author Guidelines

Depending on the type of submission, two different review processes will be followed:
  • Presenters selecting the "Presentation only" submission type need to submit an abstract only.
  • Authors selecting the "Research Papers"  submission type, need to submit an abstract first, and once it is approved, will need to submit a paper as well.

Below the requirements for abstracts and papers. Depending on your submission type described above, please read the relevant sections.

Abstract submission guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically only via the conference website.
  • Abstracts sent by mail, direct e-mail, or fax cannot be accepted.
  • Only two submissions per registration will be accommodated.
  • To initiate an abstract submission, select the "Step 1 of the Submission process" link at the bottom of this page. 
  • The abstracts must be submitted in English, and must not exceed 300 words. (If the system tells you that you have exceeded the word count, but this is not true, you are probably pasting hidden characters out of Word - first copy it in a plan text editor such as Notepad, and then into the system)
  • List all the authors, by adding your co-author records. List also their affiliations clearly (eg "University of Pretoria")
  • All abstracts will be reviewed and will be selected based on suitability with regards to the conference theme and industrial engineering as a dicipline
  • The programme director will do an initial quick review, and may request you to update the abstract information.
  • If your submission's review process had not started, you may update your abstract. Do the following:
  1. Log on using the same credentials you used when you registered the abstract.
  2. Select USER HOME at the top.
  3. Select "Author"
  4. Select the abstract
  5. Select "Edit Metadata" - this will allow you to the change author details, and the text of your abstract.
  6. Once the review process has started, this can only be updated by the programme director.
  • The time allotted for each oral presentation will depend on the session to which the abstract is allocated
  • English will be the language for all presentations
  • Notification of acceptance by the Programme Committee will be sent via e-mail to the author
  • Failure to register by the presenting author by November 2015 will automatically imply that the abstract will neither be included in the Final Program nor be printed in the proceedings.

Paper submission guidelines

  • Papers may be submitted electronically only via the conference website in Microsoft Word 2007 or later format, using the prescribed COMA16 template. Download the instructions here and the template here. If you struggle to download the template, please e-mail so that it can be sent to you.
  • No other electronic format can be accommodated in the review process
  • To submit a paper, you need to have an approved abstract. Do not create a new submission, but load your paper as per the instructions below.
  • Paper submissions are done as follows:
  1. Log in to the website, using the same credentials used when you submitted your abstract.
  2. Select USER HOME at the top of the web page.
  3. Select "Author" - this will place the system in the Author context, and your existing submissions will be displayed.
  4. Select the submission you need to work with. If you have not uploaded your paper, the status will be "Awaiting Upload"
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to do your paper upload. Make sure that all text that may identify you as an author is removed from the Word file when the paper is submitted for review. Remember to add it back in your final submission after your paper has been accepted.
  • Papers sent by mail, direct e-mail, or fax cannot be accepted
  • The papers must be submitted in English
  • The papers must conform to the editorial requirements of COMA - refer download links above.
  • All papers will be subjected to a blind peer review process by reviewers appointed by the programme committee
  • IMPORTANT: Papers initially submitted for the review process after the abstract has been approved must contain no information that will identify the author. Author names must be removed from the title page, and references where the author referenced him/herself. This is necessary to ensure that the review process is an unbiased blind review.
  • Papers will be selected based on suitability with regards to the subject areas, Industrial Engineering as a discipline, and academic research relevance.
  • Notification of acceptance by the Programme Committee will be sent via e-mail to the author
  • Failure to register as a delegate by the presenting author will automatically imply that the paper will neither be reviewed and included in the Final Program nor printed in the Proceedings.
  • A maximum of 2 papers are allowed per registration.
Submission and Review Deadlines:

The Abstracts only process (for presentations, posters or tutorials)

  • All abstracts to be submitted by 31 July 2015.
  • Abstracts will be accepted on an ad hoc basis as it is received on the website, normally within a few days after submission, but we aim to have a decision not later than 2 weeks after submission.
  • The presenter need to submit the final presentation (in Powerpoint or Adobe Acrobat PDF format) just before his presentation at the conference.
  • The final presentation will be published afterwards on the conference website.
The Abstract + Paper Process (Research Papers or Applied Engineering or Industry papers)
  • Authors intending to submit in the Academic Track need to submit abstracts as soon as possible, but not later than 31 July 2015.
  • Abstracts will be accepted on an ad hoc basis as it is received on the website, normally within a week after submission, and not later than 2 weeks after submission.
  • Paper Authors whose abstracts were accepted, need to submit the review versions of their papers as soon as possible after abstract acceptance, and not later than 31 August 2015.
  • As soon as a Paper is received, it will be allocated to the first available and suitable reviewer for a blind peer review process.
  • Reviewers will have 4 weeks to review a paper.
  • Note that reviewer comments may require rework to the paper, and authors need to plan accordingly.
  • Final accepted papers need to be ready for publication in the Conference Proceedings by November 2015.
  • Papers that are not accepted or do not make the publication deadline, will be removed from the Research Paper / Applied Industry Paper Tracks, and the author may then be offered the option to present the topic as a presentation or poster.
  • A maximum of 2 papers are allowed per registration. The registration date deadline for authors is therefore November 2015.
  • We aim to run a fair and unbiased review process, and are open to comments and suggestions. However, due to the limited timescales available, Reviewer and Track Director decisions regarding your submissions must be accepted as final.
Remember: We give you the option to plan your own submission schedule. If you wait until the last moment to submit an abstract, you will leave yourself very little time to write a paper. Submit abstracts and papers as early as possible, and we will provide feedback to you as soon as possible!


Submissions for this conference were closed on 2016-01-15.