Speaker Resources

This page compiles useful resources for DFI speakers and authors of papers to be published in DFI conference or seminar proceedings.

Questions regarding guidelines or required forms should be directed to speakers@dfi.org.


The following downloadable documents cover guidelines for speaker biographies, reviewing and evaluating papers, preparing technical papers, preparing presentation slides, and moderating technical sessions.

Required Forms

The following downloadable forms are required to be completed and returned to speakers@dfi.org prior to the presentation date.

These forms grant DFI permission to use, reproduce, transcribe, or distribute, including sell for a fee, the presentation, as well as granting permission for DFI to publish the final paper.

PowerPoint Presentation Template

The following downloadable template upholds the approved DFI-branded slides for PowerPoint presentations.

Best Practices

DFI encourages all its speakers to review our best practices for efficient & legal presentations.

Publication Ethics

Plagiarism is the copying or use of other authors’ work without proper acknowledgement or attribution. It is unethical and unacceptable in the context of scientific publication, infringes authors’ moral rights and may also be illegal where copyright is infringed.


Authors must ensure that all prior work on which they draw is explicitly acknowledged and that the sources are included in the list of references. This requirement relates to the methods, results and conclusions on which the present work is built, and to the text of the articles in which it has been presented. If passages of text are copied word for word, the source must be given, and the text must be placed within quotation marks. If the original text is paraphrased or reproduced with minor alterations, this must be made clear and the source given. It is unacceptable to reproduce extensive passages of text without permission from the author(s) and the copyright holder.


A related unacceptable practice is ‘redundant-publication’, the multiple publication or submission by an author of the same paper or the reuse of substantial portions of articles without acknowledgement of prior publication. This includes publication of an article in different languages, or at different venues (e.g. conference/journal/magazine). Redundant publication of the same material and plagiarism of others’ work without acknowledgement are serious ethical offences that may leave the author open to sanction.


DFI is an active subscriber to Similarity Check to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism by providing immediate feedback regarding a manuscript’s similarity to other published academic and general web content (see https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/). Every paper submitted to DFI will be subject to a plagiarism check.  It is the responsibility of corresponding authors and the organizations in which they work to ensure that papers appearing under their names and those of co-authors conform to these guidelines. It is a condition of a paper’s acceptance that the paper be original (see copyright below).


Authors who wish to reproduce sections of text, data or figures from previously published sources or where copyright is owned by a third party must obtain written permission from the copyright holder and any other interested party and credit the source(s) in the article.


All submissions must be original work of the authors. If the current paper is an expansion of an ongoing publication series, or an extension of another conference paper, we expect all authors to cite the original publication and ensure that the content presented exceeds the content presented in the other paper by at least 50%. To reiterate, at least 50% of all figures must be different, and in addition at least 50% of all text, findings and results must be new and unpublished. Please refrain from copy-pasting original from other manuscripts into your current submission. All previously published content is copyright protected with the respective previous publisher. Similarly, once published in a DFI proceedings, the copyright of the submitted material is transferred to DFI. All authors must sign the copyright agreement form. Authors are also required to disclose whether the paper has been concurrently submitted elsewhere.


DFI recommends that all non-native English-speaking authors ask a native English speaker or professional language-editing service to review their paper before submission. This is not mandatory but will help ensure that reviewers fully understand the paper content. The only accepted language for any paper submitted to DFI events is English.

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