Papers must be submitted via the submission site at Please follow carefully the submission guidelines when preparing your manuscript.

Document formatting guidelines

Reviewing will be double-blind. Papers must not identify the authors and authors’ identities will be hidden from the reviewers.

Submissions should be 12 pages including everything except the references, plus any number of references. They must be formatted using a 10pt font, single spacing (minimum 11pt spacing between lines), two columns with 0.33 inches between columns, and a text box of 7 by 9 inches. You can use the ACM SIGPLAN LaTeX template to meet these formatting guidelines by specifying \documentclass[10pt,twocolumn]{sigplanconf}.

Papers that violate the submission guidelines or that are accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will be automatically rejected regardless of their merit. Accepted papers will be allowed 14 pages in the proceedings, including references.

Anonymizing rules

Please make a good faith effort to anonymize your paper. As an author, you should not identify yourself in the paper either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). However, only non-destructive anonymization is required. For example, system names may be left un-anonymized, if the system name is important for a reviewer to be able to evaluate the work. For example, a paper on experiences with the design of .NET should not be re-written to be about “an anonymous but widely used commercial distributed systems platform”.

Additionally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

  • Remove authors’ names and affiliations from the title page.
  • Remove acknowledgement of identifying names and funding sources.
  • Use care in naming your files. Source file names, e.g., Joe.Smith.dvi, are often embedded in the final output as readily accessible comments.
  • Use care in refering to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, a good solution is to reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work.
  • If you have a concurrent submission, reference it as follows: “Closely related work describes a microkernel implementation [Anonymous 2007].” with the corresponding citation: “[Anonymous 2007] Under submission. Details omitted for double-blind reviewing”.
  • If you cite anonymous work, you must also send the deanonymized reference(s) to the PC chairs in separate email.

We recognize that, even following these guidelines, closely building on your own prior work may indirectly reveal your identity.

Writing advice

Lots of papers and books have been written about how to write a good paper. We strongly suggest that you read the following:

  • Evaluation of the Ninth SOSP Submissions; or, How (and How Not) to Write a Good Systems Paper. This was written by Roy Levin and David D. Redell, the program committee co-chairs for SOSP-9, and first appeared in ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, Vol. 17, No. 3 (July, 1983), pages 35-40.
  • The Science of Scientific Writing, George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan, In American Scientist, Vol. 78, No. 6 (Nov-Dec, 1990), pp. 550-558. This article describes not how to write an entire paper, but how to write sentences and paragraphs that readers can understand.

For matters of English usage, style, and taste we strongly recommend that you purchase and consult this little gem of a book:

  • The Elements of Style. William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, 1979.


Authors who are unsure whether or not their submissions might meet these guidelines, or with specific questions about the guidelines, are welcome to contact the program committee co-chairs, via