20th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles


Conference Location
Submission Guidelines
Camera Ready Copy
Work In Progress
Poster Submission
Student Scholarships
Important Dates
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October 23-26, 2005

The Grand Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom

Paper Submission Guidelines

[Paper submission is now closed.

Successful authors should submit camera ready copy as instructed here]

Papers  will only be accepted electronically.  When your paper is ready for submission, prepare a "PDF" or postscript file and then upload it by following the instructions at https://msrcmt.research.microsoft.com/SOSP05.  If you make a mistake you can later revise your submission.  The site will close at 24:00 (midnight) PST on Friday 25th March 2005 and we will not accept submissions or changes after that time.  We cannot guarantee the stability of the submission site against all eventualities, such network failures or overloading, so we ask you to submit well before the deadline. 

If you have the ability to do so, we request that you use PDF format for your submission; it generally offers greater interoperability.

Submitted papers must be no longer than fourteen (14) 8.5"x11" or A4 pages in a typeface no smaller than 10 point.  The page limit includes everything: references, title page, figures, appendices, etc. Margins should be  of the normal 0.75" for left and right margins, 1.0" for top and bottom margins.  Papers that violate formatting requirements will not be reviewed.

Some authors have asked for a mechanism by which they could provide additional material, such as a technical report containing detailed proofs for a new result, without violating our anonymity requirements. This year, while submitting, you will be given an opportunity to provide us with a maximum of one such file. You’ll provide a URL pointing to an object named XXXX and we’ll copy it to http://www.cs.cornell.edu/ken/SOSP/additional-files/XXXX, retaining the name you picked (please pick one unlikely to experience collisions). Program committee members who feel that they need to do so can then visit the document without learning your identity. However, keep in mind that PC members are not under any obligation to read these additional materials and will judge your work on the basis of the paper you submit, not the additional files!

SOSP publishes work based on its originality, quality and potential for impact. All submissions MUST reflect original work and MUST rigorously document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from the same authors. When overlap exists, assessment will be based on the original content of the paper only. Failure to clearly document overlap will lead to automatic rejection.

Authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions violating these rules or the formatting guidelines will not be considered for publication.

 Blind reviewing of full papers will be done by the program committee, with limited use of outside referees.  Papers will be provisionally accepted subject to revision and approval by a program committee member acting as a shepherd. On acceptance, authors will be required to sign an ACM copyright release form.  Your submission indicates that you agree to this. Papers will be held in full confidence during the reviewing process.  Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to supply electronic versions of their papers, as well as source code and raw data to help others replicate and better understand their results.