Importance of the Review Process

The paper review process is probably the most important part of developing a strong Technical Program. The fair and timely review process done by the reviewers is the key factor for the selection of high-quality papers for presentation and publication. We greatly appreciate reviewers for their contribution to the success of the conference.

Submissions to the 2023 IEEE Africon Conference underwent a review process by independent reviewers who are knowledgeable in the pertinent thematic area.

Qualifications & Reviewer Selection

  • Peer reviewers are selected from a list of qualified volunteers from industry or academia and also from a list of qualified authors.
  • Volunteer reviewers with the appropriate credentials, skills, and expertise are considered to review appropriately fitting assignments.
  • Authors whose submissions have qualified to enter the peer review process also qualify to be selected as reviewers for other papers.
  • Reviewers are assigned on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise.
  • Reviewers must not be students of any institution/university (Undergraduates or Postgraduates).

Review Process

Reviewing is done online through the EasyChair conference paper submission system. All reviewers will be guided and given further instructions by the respective Track Chairs on the process.

We have Seven Tracks as highlighted below:

Track 1: Artificial and Computational Intelligence
Database, Information Systems and Security, Multi-Agent Systems and Pervasive Computing, Audio, Speech and Music Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition

Track 2: Cloud Computing, IoT and Data Analytics
Integration of IoT, Big Data and Cloud Computing Technologies, Cloud based Remote Sensing, Diseases Prediction using Machine Learning and Big Data, IoT Network used in Fog and Cloud Computing

Track 3: Wireless Communication Systems, Antennas Systems, Microwave Systems and Propagation Models
Dynamic Spectrum Access, Community Networks, Mobile and Wireless Networks, Next generation networks, Communications Networks Security, Satellite and Space Communications, Communications Theory, Antennas and arrays for next-generation communications, propagation models, computational EM, EM measurements, metamaterials, radio astronomy, EMC, bioelectromagnetics, radar, microwave components and systems, Signal Processing.

Track 4: Innovations for Digital Transformation, Industrial Development, Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 and Engineering Education
Digitalization and product upgrading, Standards and Digital Transformation, e-Commerce, Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 and Engineering Education

Track 5: Industrial Electronics, Control, Autonomous Systems, Instrumentation and Consumer Applications
Control Theory and Applications, Industrial Applications of Control, Robotics and Mechatronics, Human-Robot Interactions, Control Devices and Instruments, Sensors and Actuators, Smart Manufacturing Systems, Intelligent automation, Fuzzy systems, Resilience and Security for Industrial Applications  

Track 6: Electrical Power & Energy Systems, Renewable Energy Technologies, Distributed Generation and Power Quality
Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution Technologies, Energy Storage & Battery Systems, Electric Mobility, Energy Conservation & Management, Smart Grids, Electrical Insulation, Power Energy Markets & Trading, Renewable Energy Technologies and Power Quality.

Track 7: Short papers
Short papers target Industry players, practitioners, policy makers and private sector actors – interim results, experiences and perspectives and should be up to 3 pages in length including a short reference section.

Accepted full and short papers presented during the conference will be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®.

Benefits of Being a Reviewer

  • Contribution to Research Work: The comments and guidance that reviewers provide are an invaluable contribution to the research work of the authors.
  • Gaining Invaluable Experience: The review process provides first-hand experience of the publishing process that can help a reviewer to publish in the future.
  • Enriching Ones Resume: Recognition by acknowledging them with an Electronic Certificate of Appreciation and mention on the website.

Responsibilities of the Reviewer

  • Provide a prompt, thorough, and impartial review of the article.
  • Give constructive feedback with reasonable suggestions and professional tone.
  • Avoid suggesting the addition of irrelevant or unnecessary references.
  • Alert the editor to any suspected ethical issues.
  • Maintain confidentiality by safeguarding the unique contributions of the author’s work.

Responsibilities of the Author

  • Accurately report research findings.
  • Ensure article meets all publication requirements and adheres to ethical standards.
  • Revise article as per reviewers’ suggestions (or give a reason why not).

Policy and Ethical Responsibility of a Reviewer

IEEE policy and professional ethics require that reviewers treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge which that access provides. This applies to anyone else who is authorized to handle conference submissions.

When reviewing a paper considered for presentation and publication, reviewers must take into consideration the following ethical standards:

  1. Papers will be reviewed based on their intellectual merit and contribution to the aims and scope of the conference, as well as on the criteria presented in the review process. The reviewers should adhere to standards of fairness, integrity, and objectivity. Kindly note that personal criticism is unacceptable.
  2. Reviewers who feel that their review comments might be biased and/or unqualified regarding a particular submitted paper to the conference should notify the Organizing Committee immediately and excuse themselves from the review process.
  3. Reviewers should be clear in their review comments and provide proper explanations and arguments for their decisions. If there is any suspicion about the originality of the paper, reviewers are expected to notify the Organizing Committee immediately, with the appropriate arguments.
  4. During the review process, reviewers will keep in mind at all times that the paper and related materials are confidential.
  5. Reviewers warrant that they will not use the papers and related materials submitted to the conference for any other purpose than the peer-review process.

 For any queries regarding paper submission, please contact the Technical Program Chairs at