General Information

Authors are invited to submit articles describing their ideas and applicable research results relevant to the scope outlined in the Call for Papers. Papers may be no longer than 6 pages, including all text, figures, and references in accordance with IEEE Signal Processing Society policy and procedures in ICASSP style format, see also Code of Ethics. Papers must be submitted by the indicated deadline. There will be no exceptions.

Please carefully comply with the guidelines and quality requirements specified by the evaluation criteria. Papers which do not fulfill the requirements can not be accepted and published. Papers that do not comply with the basic quality requirements (language, formatting, etc.) may be subject to desk rejection.

To prepare your manuscript, use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word style files and templates and follow the formatting guidelines provided in the example (see also the ICASSP Paper Kit, section “Document Formatting”).

Please observe that MLSP uses a double-blind review process. Thus, it is important that all potentially identifying information (such as author names and affiliations) is removed from the initial submission. When using the LaTeX style file, anonymize your paper as follows:


Accepted papers MUST be presented at the conference by one of the authors. One of the authors MUST register for the conference at one of the non-student rates offered, and MUST register before the deadline given for author registration. Failure to register before the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal of your paper from the conference proceedings and program.

MLSP requires that each accepted paper be presented by one of the authors in-person at the conference site according to the schedule published. Any paper accepted into the technical program, but not presented on-site will be withdrawn from the official proceedings archived on IEEE Xplore.

Initial Paper Submission

All papers are to be submitted as Portable Document Format (PDF) files through the MLSP 2021 submission site at Microsoft CMT. Please log in to CMT for submitting your paper.

In addition to your manuscript in PDF format, you will also need to provide:

  • the paper title and abstract,
  • all author names and affiliations (N.B.: authorship can not be changed for the camera-ready submission),
  • the subject areas of your paper according to the Call for Papers.

You may edit the details of your submission until the regular paper submission deadline.

Special Sessions: If you are submitting to a special session, please make sure to choose the appropriate special session during the initial paper submission.

Camera-Ready Paper Submission

Camera-ready paper submissions are due on September 13th, 2021. Please read and follow the instructions below carefully when preparing the camera-ready submissions. Author names and affiliations must be included in the camera-ready submission.

Finalize your full-length paper: Finalize your accepted full-length paper (max. 6 pages including all figures and references) according to the instructions above (papers that do not fulfill these requirements will not be published). Make sure to take the reviewers’ comments into account when finalizing your manuscript. Proofread your source document thoroughly to confirm that it will require no revision.

Important Notes before submitting camera-ready papers:

  • Please be advised that it is very important to stay within the limit of 6 pages in the camera-ready submission; otherwise the paper will be subject to a desk reject.
  • Authors should register first (using the registration link) before submitting their camera-ready paper. Submitting the camera-ready paper without registration will lead to desk reject.

You must also add the copyright notice to the bottom of the first page of your source document:

  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is: U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-7281-6338-3/21/$31.00 ©2021 Crown
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is: 978-1-7281-6338-3/21/$31.00 ©2021 European Union
  • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-7281-6338-3/21/$31.00 ©2021 IEEE

Convert your paper into PDF and check compliance of the paper: For the camera-ready submission and inclusion in IEEE Xplore, your paper must comply with the IEEE paper requirements. To convert your document to a compliant PDF file, IEEE PDF eXpress must be used:

  1. Login to IEEE PDF eXpress (conference ID: 52302X): Click “New Users – Click here” and follow the instructions (you may use your existing credentials if you have used PDF eXpress before but need activate your account for MLSP 2021). The conference ID for MLSP 2021 is 52302X.
  2. Follow the instructions on PDF eXpress to convert your document into an IEEE Xplore compliant PDF file. If applicable, fix all errors indicated by PDF eXpress. Once the conversion is complete, download the IEEE Xplore compliant PDF and save the PDF eXpress status message (you will need both for the camera-ready submission; see below).

Upload your paper and transfer the copyright: Login to the MLSP 2021 submission site at Microsoft CMT to upload the PDF of your camera-ready manuscript (the PDF downloaded from PDF eXpress; see above) and IEEE Copyright form:

  1. Click “Create Camera Ready Submission”, fill in the required information, and upload the PDF eXpress validated PDF file of your paper.
  2. Click “Submit IEEE Copyright Form” and follow the instructions. You will be redirected to the IEEE eCF website to fill in the IEEE Copyright form. Carefully fill in the form by following the instructions on the IEEE eCF website, download the PDF and upload it to CMT.

Note that you are able to re-upload your paper before the deadline; however, you should only submit the IEEE Copyright form once.

When submitting the paper you accept the Code of Ethics and Intellectual Property Rights Policies as well as the IEEE privacy policies.

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Deadline for 6-page paper submissions May 31st, 2021 has been extended to June 14th, 2021
  • Notification of paper acceptance July 31st, 2021 August 31st, 2021
  • Camera ready upload August 31st, 2021 September 30th, 2021 September 13th, 2021

For more details, see the Call for Papers.

Registration Rates

Each registration includes admission to the technical sessions, welcome reception, coffee breaks, exhibits, and one copy of the electronic proceedings.

Membership LevelAuthor Rate – USDNon Author Rate – USD
SPS Member375.00100.00
IEEE Member410.00125.00
SPS Student MemberN/A25.00
IEEE Student MemberN/A40.00
Student Non-MemberN/A50.00
IEEE Life Member200.0025.00

Tutorials will take place on the last day, i.e., 28 October 2021, from 2pm to 5:30pm.