Call for Papers: Special Issue on Commercial Products 2021
IEEE Micro seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.

Many see great value in papers about computing systems and platforms developed by industry that apply or combine novel ideas. Such papers are unlikely to be accepted by conferences in the current reviewing ecosystem, since they are so different. Retrospective industrial product papers remain valuable complements to academic research papers. Hence, we have a special issue for commercial products. Here are the guidelines for this special issue:

  • The papers ideally include (1) retrospective evaluations of real working products rather than speculation about hardware and/or systems that might be built; (2) upcoming industry products on the roadmaps; or (3) planned products that were cancelled but present interesting insights or lessons learned.
  • They need to be real products either sold separately, available in the cloud, or deployed internally. This special issue is not intended for research projects, which are often published by conferences, and so don’t need special consideration.
  • The first and virtually all authors of such papers must work in industry. This target is not intended for projects in which a student intern spends a summer in industry or a faculty member spends a sabbatical and writes a paper about it.

Papers that don’t match the above guidelines will be rejected without review.


Submissions due: April 12, 2021
Initial notifications: May 24, 2021
Revised papers due: June 21, 2021
Final notifications: July 19, 2021
Final versions due: July 27, 2021
Publication: September/October 2021

Submission Guidelines

Articles should be no more than 6,000 words, including figures (each of which counts as 250 words). Article templates are not required, but can be found here. Author information regarding article preparation and submission can be found here.

Submit electronically through ScholarOne Manuscripts, selecting this special-issue option.


Contact Guest Editor Hsien-Hsin Sean Lee at, or Editor-in-Chief Lizy K. John at

Special Issue on Commercial Products 2021
12 April 2021