Operating Systems Review (OSR) is a publication of the ACM Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS), whose scope of interest includes: computer operating systems and architecture for multiprogramming, multiprocessing, and time sharing; resource management; evaluation and simulation; reliability, integrity, and security of data; communications among computing processors; computer system modeling and analysis; large-scale systems; storage systems; internet of things; and artificial intelligence systems.

Editors: Christopher J. Rossbach (The University of Texas, Austin), Robbert van Renesse (Cornell University), and Kishore Pusukuri (UC Riverside)

Contributions to OSR

Each issue of OSR will be organized around a theme and submissions will be solicited for that theme.  In addition to the content of the special topics, individual submissions will also be considered. Individual submissions may be collected together into a single issue or included in a separately designated section of a special topics issue. We are interested in having a broad range of special topics reflecting both academic and industrial interests. If you would like to suggest a topic, please contact the OSR editors (,,

Upcoming Special Topic:

The upcoming issue will be on “Observability ”.  Topics include, but are not limited to, distributed tracing, monitoring & alerting, building data stores, data infrastructure specific for collecting observability data ( e.g., logs, metrics, traces, events), data processing (batch / stream) and data modeling techniques for observability data, and so on. We are looking for contributions at the intersection of the above systems areas and “Observability ”.

Submissions could be any of the following:

    • Abridged versions of published conference/workshop papers.
    • White papers / Vision Statements
    • Retrospective papers
    • Papers on current research

The submitted papers will undergo an editorial review process.

A good paper will:

    • Motivate a significant problem
    • Propose an interesting, compelling solution
    • Demonstrate the practicality and benefits of the solution
    • Draw appropriate conclusions
    • Clearly describe the paper’s contributions
    • Clearly articulate advances beyond previous work
    • In case of an abridged conference/workshop publication, the paper should encourage the reader to read the full version.

Formatting guidelines:

    • Page: single-spaced 8.5″ x 11″ pages
    • Font and Columns: 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading, two-column format, Times Roman or a similar font, within a text block 6.5″ wide x 9″ deep.
    • Number of pages: OSR does not enforce strict minimum or maximum page limits. We suggest 2-6 pages as a rough guideline, but authors should feel free to devote more space as needed..
    • Other considerations: Pages should NOT be numbered, and figures and tables should be legible in black and white, without requiring magnification.
    • Please feel free to use any Systems conference template (e.g., USENIX ATC, OSDI, SOSP, NSDI, etc.) to prepare drafts.

Deadline: April 03, 2022 (Sunday midnight).

Submission: Please e-mail the drafts (only PDF format) to the editors: and

Note to Authors:

By submitting your article for distribution in this Special Interest Group publication, you hereby grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

    • to publish in print on condition of acceptance by the editor
    • to digitize and post your article in the electronic version of  this publication
    • to include the article in the ACM Digital Library and any Digital Library related services
    • to allow users to make a personal copy of the article for non-commercial, educational or research purposes

However, as a contributing author, you retain copyright to your article and ACM will refer requests for republication directly to you.

Past Special Topics are available here.

Archives of OSR are available from the ACM Digital Library.

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