Paris General Session Paper Submission Instructions

Recent Updates

This information is adapted from an email announcement sent on January 30th, 2023 to all CIGRE USNC members.
Updated: June 5, 2023

Dear CIGRE USNC Colleagues,

The CIGRE 2024 General Session will be held August 25 – 30, 2024 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France.  The Technical Committee of the U.S. National Committee of CIGRE (CIGRE USNC) invites U.S. authors to prepare and submit their synopses of proposed papers for this 2024 Session to USNC Technical Committee Chair John D. McDonald ( by Friday, June 30, 2023.

Please use the 2024 Synopses Template_2 in the Word file found below.

Carefully review the 2024 Instructions for Synopses and the USNC Call For Papers instructions and schedule below.

Important Information for Authors

  • The U.S. authors are requested not to submit their proposed paper synopses to the CIGRE Paris office directly. The CIGRE Paris office will return such documents to the senders as the CIGRE Paris office has assigned each national committee the responsibility for the 2024 Session to review and recommend its national committee papers to the CIGRE Paris office for further review and acceptance.
  • U.S. authors also must follow the USNC’s “Call for Papers” schedule for the submittal and review of U.S. synopses and full papers, not the posted CIGRE Paris office schedule.
  • The author of a U.S. paper (or main author, if there is more than one) also must be a member of the CIGRE USNC, either an Individual Member or a representative of a Collective Member.
    • The other co-authors of the paper need not be CIGRE members.

There is no limit to the number of synopses the CIGRE United States National Committee can submit for the 2024 Session. The USNC Technical Committee will review all synopses (abstracts) of proposed papers, as well as the full papers when available.

The synopses and papers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be of the highest technical standard, not published elsewhere, and contribute to technical progress.
  • Address only one of the 2024 Session “Preferential Subjects” and clearly identify the one being addressed.
  • The Preferential Subjects are in the second attached PDF file titled “CALL FOR PAPERS CIGRE 2024v2”. The Preferential Subjects are also listed on the CIGRE website in the file titled “Call for papers Session 2024” (
  • The synopsis of a proposed paper must be at least 500 words and no more than two pages long. Synopses of less than 500 words or longer than two pages are not acceptable. Synopses must be prepared in the CIGRE format (see attached Word and PDF files for instructions and template).
  • Synopses must reach the CIGRE USNC Technical Committee Chair John D. McDonald by June 30, 2023.  Synopses must be submitted electronically to This deadline will be strictly enforced.  
  • For accepted synopses, papers must be prepared in the CIGRE format and must not exceed twelve pages.
  • Papers accepted on the basis of synopses are subject to further review once full papers are submitted. 

The schedule for the submittal of paper synopses and full papers to the USNC for the 2024 Session is as follows. The overall detailed USNC schedule for the review and selection of the 2024 Session synopses and papers can be found in the USNC Call for Papers download.

Deadlines and Schedule

June 30, 2023Synopses Due
June 30, 2023 – August 26, 2023Review of synopses of proposed U.S. papers by USNC Technical Committee
August 26, 2023USNC VP, Technical Activities submits USNC synopses to the CIGRE Paris office
August 26, 2023 –November 6, 2023Review of paper synopses by CIGRE Study Committees and the CIGRE
Technical Council Chair
November 6, 2023Main U.S. author will be notified of the CIGRE selection results by the USNC VP, Technical Activities and the CIGRE Paris office
The main author of the paper will be required to sign a CIGRE copyright form (see attached Word file titled “CIGRE General Conditions Concerning Copyrights-v6”) that will be provided by the CIGRE Paris office.
November 6, 2023 – December 22, 2023U.S. authors to complete their full papers
December 22, 2023Full Papers Due for Final Review by the USNC Technical Committee
December 22, 2023 – February 6, 2024Review of full papers by USNC Technical Committee
A paper may still be rejected at this time if it is not strongly aligned to a Study Committee Preferential Subject or if it is commercial
February 6, 2024USNC Technical Committee Chair submits USNC papers to the CIGRE Paris office
May 6, 2024Main U.S. author will be notified of the CIGRE selection results by the USNC VP, Technical Activities and the CIGRE Paris office


Files and Templates

This is a Microsoft Word document of the 2023 CIGRE Paper template. Use this template for your Paris Session Papers and CIGRE USNC Grid of the Future™ Papers.


For more information, contact Mr. John D. McDonald.

John D. McDonald, P.E.
CIGRE USNC Vice President & Chair

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